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.

Picture of front cover of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2. The front cover features a photo of an anti-Trump protest with someone holding a sign saying 'silence =' and another sign with Trump's face and the word 'illegitimate' written across his eyes.

New poem in Australian Poetry Journal

My poem ‘Dirty talk’ (from my book Milk Teeth) is published in the latest Australian Poetry Journal Volume 8.2 – ‘spoken’, which features new works by more than 60 Australian poets, with poetry guest-edited by spoken-word poets Andrew Galan and David Stavanger. Following the ‘spoken’ selection is a separate section of 19 poems edited by Toby Fitch. This Big Bent series is an exploration of gender and language queering.

Grab yourself a copy of the latest APJ.

Both sections are also accompanied by sound-recordings, which is very cool! You can find the recordings at australianpoetry.org.

Banner for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019, featuring a VPLA logo and a photo of Milk Teeth under the titles Shortlist and Poetry

Milk Teeth shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry

Incredibly happy to announce Milk Teeth has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry!!!

Big big congrats to fellow shortlisted poets Eunice Andrada for Flood Damages and Kate Lilley for Tilt! And to all the other shortlisted folks, including fellow University of Queensland Press authors Melissa Lucashenko for Too Much Lip and Tony Birch for Common People. You can view the full shortlist and highly commended works here.

The winners of the main awards (fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry, writing for young adults, and the biennial Prize for Indigenous Writing) each receive $25,000. The winners of theses categories go on to contest the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000. Wow!

Winners will be announced on Thursday 31 January 2019.

You can participate in the awards by voting for your favourite work published in 2018. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be named alongside the general category winners, and will receive $2,000.

You can also have a read of the VPLA judges’ report, which states: “Milk Teeth is a crisp and tactile first collection. It challenges pre-existing categories: gender, interior and exterior landscapes, the way we assume language is fixed.”

If all this chat about Milk Teeth has convinced you to buy a copy, here’s a list of places you can grab one.

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New poetry, pals!

Yesterday I had a lovely chat about Milk Teeth with Sadie Ward on All Things Queer RTRFM 92.1. We spoke about themes of navigating the world as a non-binary person and breaking down barriers.

**You can listen back to the interview on the RTRFM website.**

I also have a poem in the latest issue of Cordite alongside some of my fave poets, including Candy Royalle, Toby Fitch, Michael Farrell, Emily Crocker, Ray Briggs, Zenobia Frost, Angela Gardner, Elizabeth Duck-Chong, Bec Jessen, Jill Jones, Madison Godfrey, Fiona Hile, and so many many more.

**Have a read of my poem ‘I’ve got something to say’.**

Also: this poem is part of a new collection I’m working on, which explores non-binary people and space: the space we take up, the space we don’t, the space we’re denied, the space we reclaim. And just between you and me, more poems from this work in progress will be published soon!

 

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October round-up

It’s been quite a busy, exciting month since I came back from National Young Writers’ Festival. Two of my poems from Milk Teeth ‘Plants my exes gave me’ & ‘Dear Excited to Meet Me’ were published in the latest (and sadly final) Woolf Pack #11.

I also had a great radio interview last night on 2SER’s It’s a Gay Area, and have another interview next week. Tune into All Things Queer @ RTRFM, Perth on Wednesday 31 October 2018 at 11.10am (AWST)/1.10pm (AEST) to hear me chat about how I’m using my work as a vehicle to break down barriers and encourage conversations about gender and identity.

Finally, I’m super pumped to be a part of this year’s Digital Writers’ Festival. I’ll be participating in Poem Phone, riffing on John Giorno’s iconic 1969 artwork, this is a Dial-a-Poem for the internet age.

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