Black and white photo of me with big glasses and short hair standing in front of a mic with my hand raised. A pink and orange coloured square surrounds the image. In a fuzzy circle is the text 'Welcome Rae White'

I’m joining Queensland Poetry!

Very exciting news! This week I join Queensland Poetry as their Events and Marketing Manager!

Big love to Zenobia Frost who handed over the reins to me this weekend and has done an absolutely outstanding job. In this role I hope to honour, nurture and celebrate the poetry community, and the voices of future and established artists, especially those from marginalised backgrounds. May I remain humble, driven and community-focused.

Queensland Poetry (QP) supports poets and spoken-word artists in Queensland, Australia through its flagship annual festival, year-round events and workshops, Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Program, Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, prizes and challenges, and in-school programs.


Our upcoming poetry events are listed on the QP website. I’d love to see you there!

Photo of the front cover of Wild magazine, themed green and orange, with sprigs of flowers laid beside it.

New article in WellBeing Wild #6

I have a new article in WellBeing Wild #6 about mutual aid and community. Thank you to the wonderful folks I interviewed – Tasia Amber (of Food Assistance Angels and Wild Spice Kitchen), Hope Foley (Growing Forward Meanjin), and Marion Abraham (Seedbar).

Grab yourself a copy of Wild at or at your local bookshop or newsagent.

Picture of the front cover of a book titled 'the bright and the cold' selected poems of Anne Elder

Anne Elder Award 2020

This year I again had the pleasure of judging the Anne Elder Award through Australian Poetry. Fellow Judges Marcella Polain, Toby Fitch and I chose our winner Ella Jeffery for Dead Bolt (Puncher & Wattmann 2020), as well as awarding Highly Commended to Cadaver Dog by Luke Best (UQP 2020) and Commended to Ask Me About the Future by Rebecca Jessen (UQP 2020). Congratulations to all!

The award is named after Australian poet Anne Elder, 1918-1976. The Anne Elder Award is sponsored by Anne’s daughter, Cathie, and is for a sole-authored first book of poetry of 20-minimum pages in length, published in Australia.

Read our judge’s comments about the award winning books and more information about the award on the Australian Poetry website.