Melinda Smith will be a featured writer at the 2016 Rose Scott Women Writers’ Festival, and will be one of this year’s four international guest poets at the annual Voci Lontane Voci Sorelle poetry festival in Florence. She has just returned from a Bundanon Trust residency where she completed the manuscript for her fifth collection (working title Goodbye Cruel, Pitt Street Poetry). She has lived in the ACT on and off for over twenty-five years, and is currently poetry editor of The Canberra Times.
State Editor Jen Webb's notes
Melinda Smith is a long-term Canberra poet who came to national prominence when she won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Since that point she has been even more visible in the creative community, and is a catalyst for poetry in the region. Not only is she very involved in writing and presenting her own poetry, but she also enriches the creative ecology of our region, collaborating with visual artists, and shaping the field in her role as the poetry editor of The Canberra Times.
Further reading and links
Melinda Smith’s website
Wikipedia – Melinda Smith
‘Canberra Close Up: Melinda Smith’, 666 ABC Canberra, 15 September 2016