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My story placed second in the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize!

Last week I won my very first fiction prize! My short story, The Body Remembers, placed second in the 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction!!!

Big congratulations to the winner of the Prize Jane O’Sullivan for her story Limpet Teeth and to Emily Dang for How to Cook Pho, which placed third. And a huge thank you to the judges Alison Evans, Danielle Binks and Melanie Joosten.

You can read more about the prize at Lip Mag.

The Body Remembers follows the close relationship between a non-binary protagonist and his grandparent with Alzheimer’s disease. The story employ poetic devices while exploring themes of family, transition, and memory (of both the mind and the body).

The winning stories and author Q&As will be published at Lip Mag in the coming weeks!

Review of Milk Teeth in Cordite

Adam Ford reviewed Milk Teeth and Anders Villani’s Aril Wire in Cordite!

** You can read the full review here **

I could honestly quote the whole piece, but here’s one of the most striking paragraphs re: what I’m trying to achieve in my work:

But while gender identity is at the fore of some poems, White also challenges the potential assumption that a non-binary activist poet can or should only write about their activism. This point is successfully made by poems like ‘Plants my exes gave me’ and ‘Enraptured’, which depict experiences like gardening and falling in love that are common to all humans. In doing so White validates and celebrates the continuum of gender with other modes of experience, and hopefully educates those who believe they can only experience non-binary life vicariously.

And my absolute favourite lines:

There’s an appealing messiness, a futz and clutter, a chaos to the world White writes … Milk Teeth is an eclectic mixtape of a book, a stellar debut exhibiting equal parts ‘fuck that noise’ and a visceral love of life.

Thank you Adam and Cordite for such an insightful and eloquent review!

Milk Teeth commended in the Anne Elder Award!

This week Milk Teeth was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award! Winner of the award was the fabulous Eunice Andrada for her book Flood Damages. Many big congrats to this wonderful writer! My book was commended for the award alongside fellow poets: Maryam Azam – The Hijab Files; Marjon Mossammaparast – That Sight; and Lindsay Tuggle – Calenture. Thanks to his year’s judges: Gig Ryan, Des Cowley and Bonny Cassidy. For more info about the award, visit the Australian Poetry website.

This week I got my very first YouTube review of Milk Teeth from Six Minutes For Me as part of #AussieApril! In this video Jaclyn also reviewed Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton. You can check out the video here.

Photo by Josefin on Unsplash.

Sydney and Newcastle events

I’m really looking forward to heading to Sydney and Newcastle next week for some poetry readings and a workshop! If you want to come along, here’s all the details:

I’ll have books available to buy at all these events, so please say hi to me and get a signed copy of Milk Teeth 🙂 (eftpos and cash payments are both fine!)

Photo by Marion Michele on Unsplash.

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I’m on an RPG podcast!

Thanks to [Insert Quest Here] for having me on their show! In the game Oracle by Ash McAllan, I play a tattooed forgetful drugged-up hippy poet with a ‘tittie amulet’ who can commune with spirits.

Podcast content warning: swearing, mentions of drugs.

[Oracle]: Speakers Of The Sky

Our Traveller this week has no memories of who they are. The only clues to their past is a gift for poetry, visions of the unseen, and stars etched in their skin. They seek to know their place in this world, to know if their visions are real. The Oracle can help them choose a path, but will they find what they seek?

If you’d like to get yourself a copy of the game Oracle, you can find it here.

You can also listen to more of [Insert Quest Here] and support them on Patreon.