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

Anne Elder Award announcement

This year I had the pleasure of judging the Anne Elder Award alongside Gig Ryan and Marcella Polain. Congratulations to the joint winners:

  • Cham Zhi Yi for ‘blur by the’ (Subbed In)
  • Gareth Sion Jenkins for ‘Recipes For The Disaster’ (5 Islands Press)

And to the commended authors:

  • ‘The Empty Show’ by Alice Allan (Rabbit Poets Series)
  • ‘The Things the Mind Sees Happen’ by Belinda Rule (Slow Loris series / Puncher & Wattmann)

**For more info and to read the full judges’ statements, visit the Australian Poetry website**

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XYZ Spoken Word Prize – I won Best Qld Entry!

So proud to have won Best Qld Entry in the 2019 Arts Queensland XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word for my poem ‘Hussshhh’, alongside first place winner and awesome poet Fable Goldsmith. Have a listen/read of the winning entries on the Melbourne Spoken Word website!

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Shout out to 4ZZZ radio for years of audio and voice training because otherwise I don’t think I could’ve pulled off all the weird sound effects and echos!

Recently published work and award nomination!

I’m honoured to be nominated for a Trans Community Award in Brisbane!

MX 2019 Award:

This award recognizes being seen within the community, being approachable and raising awareness of the visibility of the trans, gender diverse, non-binary, sistergirl and brotherboy communities by their actions.

Voting is now open!

 

In other news, I’ve recently had 3 non-fiction pieces published in Archer Magazine, Sydney Review of Books and the brand new Wellbeing Wild Magazine.

“…storytelling always has me glowing with adrenaline as if, all at once, I’ve done twenty sit-ups, eaten chocolate and kissed my crush.”

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visible and voice
listening and
listen and listen

Aside from house decorating and exploring haunted forests, Free Realms also had a significant impact on the way I perceived, and performed, my gender identity.

 

I also wrote a poetry board game called Architype with Ray Cox from [insert quest here], a real play RPG podcast. Grab a copy of the game on itch.io!

A Poetry Game.

Explore houses with your friends.

Build rooms out of prose.

Make architectural poetry

together.

 

Finally, my short story ‘Bodies Needed’ is part of an audio series ‘Urban Internet Myths’ at Digital Writers’ Festival 2019! Check it out here.

EPISODE 1: BODIES NEEDED, BY RAE WHITE
A temporary reception job at a funeral home takes a turn for the permanent.

 

Cover image of Franny Choi's book Soft Science featuring a person's face with their hand to their ear, along with the words 'September in poetry'

Overland poetry reviews

This month I had the pleasure of reviewing 6 poetry collections for Overland Journal! These included new work by Franny Choi, essa may ranapiri, Tricia Dearborn, Zenobia Frost, Caitlin Maling and aj carruthers.

**Read the reviews here**

For kicks I wrote my reviews in a slightly experimental way: by threading the 6 books together in a circular form – e.g. the last line of one review informing the review of the next book and so on.

**Read the reviews here**

Colour image of animals swimming through coloured smoke, with the text: A Celebration of Poetry, People and Cultures. Deep Listening QPF2019

Queensland Poetry Festival 2019

The incredible Queensland Poetry Festival program ‘Deep Listening’ has been launched! I’ll be part of two awesome events this year:‬

☀️ Reading Queensland with Liam Ferney, Shastra Deo and Angela Gardner. We’ll be reading from, listening to and enquiring about each other’s work in a friendly and insightful in-conversation. 

🎭 Cirquetry – a collaborative work between award-winning local poets and Vulcana circus artists, directed by Celia White and conceived by Chloe Callistemon.

** Check out the full program on the QPF website **

Colour image of animals swimming through coloured smoke, with the text: A Celebration of Poetry, People and Cultures. Deep Listening QPF2019

A photo of a visual poem incorporating shells, polaroid photos and white sticker labels on a rainbow tie-dye background. The text of the poem reads: 'clear skies' for M seashells picked & palmed swelling lips sunkissed like glinting waves i cup conch between fingers & drink you in today we are sunbeams

New visual poems

Last month I had two new visual poems published! I’ve been exploring what poetry means to me and how I can best express that, including playing with other art forms and pushing my own boundaries.

I was so proud to have my blackout poem ‘flourish, viola’ published at Honey & Lime Lit.

And my visual poem ‘clear skies’, which incorporates seashells, polaroid photos and printed labels, appeared in Baby Teeth Journal.