Review of Milk Teeth by Tony Messenger

Big thanks to Tony Messenger for this wonderful review of Milk Teeth PLUS bonus interview!

“Milk Teeth” is another engaging, thought provoking collection, with decay and body parts becoming glistening, with the human place in the natural world being questioned, but at the same time it can be playful, and humorous, using symbols, codes, social media posts, emails and a raft of textual techniques (for example how the poems are placed on the page) to engage, unsettle and ultimately reaffirm.

**Read the review and interview here**

QPF 2018 wrap-up

Queensland Poetry Festival was a magical experience! Huge thanks to everyone who bought my book or a zine or said hi. It was great to meet so many poets and creative folk over the weekend.

If you missed out on a copy of Milk Teeth, it will be on sale from 3 September. You can preorder it now on Booktopia or grab a copy at your local bookstore next week.

I’ll also have a limited number of books for sale at Breaking Down the Highway – QUT/Griffith Reading Event, which I have the pleasure of reading at on Wednesday 29 August, 2018 – 7-10pm @ Sabotage Social, Fortitude Valley.

I met a lot of people who loved the non-binary 101 zine that was handed out at the Milk Teeth QPF launch, but wanted to see it as a resource they could refer to later. So here it is as a PDF!

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If I have the time, I’d love to develop it into a non-binary 101 zine that’s not as me-focused or QPF-specific. We’ll see! 🙂

Queensland Poetry Festival 2018

Last night the Queensland Poetry Festival program for 2018 was launched and it’s truly wonderful! The festival runs from Thursday 23rd to Sunday 26th August 2018 and you can view the FULL PROGRAM on the website.

Here’s a peak at what I’ll be getting up to at the Festival, including reading queer poetry, slinging zines and launching my very first book!

  • Sat 25 August, 2018 4.30-6pm – The Big Read @ Judith Wright Centre, Performance Space. Featuring: Alison Whittaker, Tricia Dearborn, Fury The Poet, Laniyuk Garcon-Mills, Stuart Barnes and Zenobia Frost! This event is also Auslan interpreted with is so important and good.
  • Sat 25 August, 2018 6-7pm – MILK TEETH book launch! @ Judith Wright Centre, Foyer
  • Sun 26 August, 2018 12-5pm – QPF Zine Fair @ Judith Wright Centre

Over the next month I’ll highlight some of the events I’m looking forward to in the program via Twitter and Facebook. There are so many great things to see and I’m so pumped!

Milk Teeth’s first review!

Last week I received a lovely FOUR STAR review of Milk Teeth at Books & Publishing by Carody Culver. My book was described as a ‘striking debut poetry collection’ from ‘a powerful new voice in Australian poetry’!!!

Don’t forget, Milk Teeth will be launched at the Queensland Poetry Festival 23-26 Aug 2018! If you can’t attend QPF, you can also preorder the book on a heckload of places, including Penguin and Booktopia, or pop into your local independent bookshop and ask for a copy. 🙂

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Cover of Milk Teeth

Queer space rabbits?!

This month has been poem-tastic, with three of my pieces being published in quick succession! What a good time!

‘astrophobia’ was released in A Visitor’s Guide to the Void, which is available on itch.io. This guidebook is a stand-alone accompaniment to a larger performance installation, Enter the Void. I’m so pumped to be a part of this stunning, stellar project! Other rad poets in the guidebook include: Jennifer Mace, Kaolin Fire, Toby MacNutt, Mari Ness, Hester J Rook, and Melody Watson.

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Photo by Toby MacNutt

I have a non-binary-themed poem in the most recent Rabbit 24 – LGBTQIA+ issue. It’s about the ridiculous lengths people go to in order to erase trans people, especially on forms and surveys, punctuated with humour and heavy sarcasm.

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Rabbit #24, copyright Rabbit Poetry

And finally, Concrete Queers released their latest issue #11 Home and it contains my poem ‘Walk me home’. You can buy a copy here on Etsy. Other featured creatives in this issue are: Pewkazilla, Bridget Flack, Cassandra Cho, Ellen Muller, Rob Corica, Nicole Field, Hester J. Rook, Alison Evans, and Zenobia Frost.

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Photo: Concrete Queers #11 Home

All these sweet poems will be also in my upcoming poetry collection Milk Teeth, published by UQP!!!

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Photo: Fancy cover of my book!

New poem at Ibis House

For those of you who don’t know, I love the sacred Bris-bin ibis a lot, so to be published in a mag called Ibis House is both a privilege and very On Brand for me.

** Read my new poem ‘Sabbatical’ at Ibis House here! **

And if you enjoy the poem, don’t forget you can add a tip (pls give me ur monies) 💸

You can also submit your own work to Ibis House, which I’d super recommend coz they pay and they also make cool art inspired by your work. Like this intense and spooky video for ‘Sabbatical’ which I love!