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Toby Fitch is based in Newtown, Sydney. He is poetry editor of Overland and program director for the Australian Poets Festival. He also works as a bookseller at Gleebooks, a teacher of creative writing at the University of Sydney, and runs the Sappho Books poetry night. His books of poetry include Rawshock (Puncher & Wattmann 2012), which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, Jerilderies (Vagabond Press 2014) and The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau (forthcoming, Vagabond 2016).

State Editor's notes

'Toby Fitch's poems possess an unusual physicality and form beautiful and intriguing shapes on the page. They are clever and energetic, full of word play, puns, and politics. Reading them is like sliding down a slippery dip. They are also inversions of Rimbaud's Illuminations. Another ride down the slide – this time maybe backwards' writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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'In Fancy'

'Diva Maintenance'

'Mauvement'

'Democrazy'

'Gen Y'

Recordings

#26 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'In Fancy' by Toby Fitch

#27 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Diva Maintenance' by Toby Fitch

#28 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Mauvement' by Toby Fitch

#29 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Democrazy' by Toby Fitch

#30 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'Gen Y' by Toby Fitch

Further reading and links

Toby Fitch's website

Toby Fitch reads 'In Fancy' for Australian Book Review's Poem of the Week podcast.

'Fey' by Toby Fitch, published in the December 2015 issue of Australian Book Review

Toby Fitch reviews Drones and Phantoms by Jennifer Maiden in the April 2015 issue of Australian Book Review.

Peter Kenneally reviews Rawshock by Toby Fitch in the October 2012 issue of Australian Book Review

'Oscillations' by Toby Fitch published in the March 2012 issue of Australian Book Review

'Self-Guerre' by Toby Fitch published in the Sydney Morning Herald on June 6, 2015.

The Bloomin' Notions of Other & Beau by Toby Fitch (Vagabond Press)

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David Malouf is the internationally acclaimed author of novels including Ransom (2009), The Great World (1990) (winner of the Commonwealth Writers' prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (1993) (winner of the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life (1978), Conversations at Curlow Creek (1996), Dream Stuff (2000), Every Move You Make (2006) and his autobiographical classic 12 Edmondstone Street (1985). His The Complete Stories, published in 2008, won the Australia-Asia Literary Award of the same year. His most recent books are A First Place (2014) and The Writing Life (2014). He was born in 1934 and was brought up in Brisbane. David Malouf is the ABR Laureate.

State Editor's notes

'David Malouf – one of our greatest writers and Australian Book Review's Laureate – finds ways of expressing very difficult things in a way few other poets can, to "speak for what we have no other / words for". Sometimes, I see David sipping coffee under neon lights at the busy Broadway shopping centre, watching people come and go. I was pleased to able to juxtapose this mental image of him with those of his "Late Poem", a hushed and contemplative reflection on a much quieter coffee drinking experience' writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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 'Visitation on Myrtle Street'

'Pyrra'

'From the Balcony'

'Terms of Endearment'

'Late Poem'

Further reading and links

David Malouf reads 'Visitation on Myrtle Street' for Australian Book Review's Poem of the Week podcast

'Being There' by David Malouf, ABC Radio National

'David Malouf: My life as a reader' The Guardian 22 May 2014

Ian Dickson reviews Fly Away Peter (Sydney Chamber Opera) for Arts Update

Luke Slattery reviews Being There by David Malouf in the May 2015 issue of Australian Book Review

Patrick Allington reviews The Writing Life by David Malouf in the March 2015 issue of Australian Book Review

Kevin Rabalais reviewsA First Place by David Malouf in the May 2014 issue of Australian Book Review

'David Malouf, Brett Dean, Richard Bell and Lucy Guerin Honoured with Australia Council Awards' Daily Review, 1 March 2016

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Kate Middleton is an Australian writer. She is the author of the poetry collections Fire Season (Giramondo, 2009), awarded the Western Australian Premier's Award for Poetry in 2009 and Ephemeral Waters (Giramondo, 2013), shortlisted for the NSW Premier's award in 2014. From September 2011 to September 2012 she was the inaugural Sydney City Poet.

State Editor's notes

'In her poetry, Kate Middleton displays an intricate knowledge of many topic areas and texts. She follows her obsessions with enthusiasm and takes her willing readers along for the ride. Here she takes us into a Rubens painting, into The Wizard of Oz, and into the belly of a whale. Kate adroitly uses similes to bring together ideas which at first seem contradictory, but then make perfect sense: a lion is as "patient as an avalanche", while the ground beneath Dorothy's feet "glows like ruby / dense and knotted / as blood" writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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 'Study of a lion'

'Daybreak'

'Mouse (Wunderkammer)'

'Utopia / After Oz'

'Jonah'

Further reading and links

Kate Middleton at Cordite Poetry Review.

'The Future of Poetry' by Kate Middleton published by Australian Poetry in 2011

Kate Middleton reviews Liquid Nitrogen by Jennifer Maiden in the February 2013 issue of Australian Book Review

Kate Middleton reviews Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud by Barry Hill in the July-August 2012 issue of Australian Book Review

Kate Middleton reviews and then when the by Dan Disney in the June 2012 issue of Australian Book Review

Kate Middleton reviews The Best Australian Poems 2011 edited by John Tranter in the February 2012 issue of Australian Book Review

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Fiona Wright is a writer, editor and critic from Sydney. Her poetry collection, Knuckled, won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award, and her book of essays Small Acts of Disappearance was published by Giramondo in 2015. She has recently completed a PhD at Western Sydney University's Writing & Society Research Centre.

State Editor's notes

'Fiona Wright's poems are open; I like that about them. Her voice – sometimes vulnerable – is often gentle and strong at the same time. Everyday images become quite surreal in her poems. For instance, in 'Crisis Poem', she takes a satirical look at gender stereotypes, which adds a strange twist to an otherwise 'normal' backyard barbeque' writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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 After Mutability

Crisis Poem

'Potts Point

'Set piece

Smith’s Lake

Recordings

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales Podcast | 'After Mutability' by Fiona Wright

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales Podcast | 'Crisis Poem' by Fiona Wright

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales Podcast | 'Potts Point' by Fiona Wright

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales Podcast | 'Set Piece' by Fiona Wright

States of Poetry 2016 - New South Wales Podcast | 'Smith's Lake' by Fiona Wright

Further reading and links

'Autumn Poem' by Fiona Wright in Overland (issue 220, Spring 2015)

'Vibrations' by Fiona Wright (published February 2014, Cordite Poetry Review)

Emily Laidlaw reviews Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright

Fiona Wright reviews Thirty Australian Poets by Felicity Plunket (ed.)

Rose Lucas reviews Knuckled by Fiona Wright

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Jen CrawfordJen Crawford's recent poetry is collected in the book Koel (Cordite Books, 2016) and the chapbook Lichen Loves Stone (Tinfish Press, 2015). Earlier works include Admissions (Five Islands Press, 2000) and Bad Appendix (Titus Books, 2008). Jen was born in Patea, Aotearoa New Zealand, and was raised in Aotearoa and in the Philippines. She moved to Australia in 1994, eventually earning a PhD in Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. She recently returned to Australia after five years in Singapore, where she was the founding coordinator of NTU's Creative Writing Program, and she now writes and teaches within the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra.

State Editor's notes

'Jen Crawford is ... a colleague at the University of Canberra, though she is a recent addition to the Canberra community. Her poetry includes various experimental moves and techniques, and her gentle but incisive poems provide a sense of air and space in their phrasing and in their lineation.' writes ABR's States of Poetry - ACT State Editor Jen Webb. Read her full States of Poetry introduction here.

Jen Crawford's notes on her States of Poetry selection

The sources for 'abandoned house music' include David Quammen's 1998 essay, 'Planet of Weeds', which imagines Earth ecology into and beyond mass extinction. The poem enters this territory too, via Christmas Island, under the sign of the koel, the 'nest-thief'. 'Lopping' is made of material cut from a report. 'Reshelve' draws from language gathered around Thai floods, Singapore's 'Penguingate' controversy and the pseudactaeon fly as a fire-ant control measure. 'did, have' is a travel journal, much of which was composed from conversations heard in London, Paris, and Palmerston North. 'Abandoned house music' and 'reshelve' appear in the chapbook lichen loves stone (Tinfish Press, 2015) and the book Koel (Cordite Books, 2016). 'Did, have' was published in the chapbook Napoleon Swings (Soapbox Press, 2009).

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did, have

extracts from 'abandoned house music’

‘lopping’

‘reshelve’

‘umbrella’

Recording

#64 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | Extracts from 'abandoned house music' by Jen Crawford

#65 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'lopping' by Jen Crawford

#66 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'reshelve' by Jen Crawford

Further reading and links

Jen Crawford at Cordite Books

Jen Crawford at Jacket2

Jen Crawford at Tinfish Press

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Jeanine LeaneJeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri scholar from south-west New South Wales. She currently holds a Discovery Indigenous Fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Australian National University. In 2010, after a long career as a secondary and tertiary educator, she completed a doctoral thesis that analysed three iconic settler representations of Aboriginal Australians. Jeanine's first volume of poetry, Dark Secrets After Dreaming: AD 1887–1961 (2010) won the Scanlon Prize for Indigenous Poetry from the Australian Poets' Union. Her manuscript Purple Threads won the David Unaipon Award at the 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards and was shortlisted for the 2012 Commonwealth Book Prize and the 2012 Victorian Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing.

State Editor's notes

'Jeanine Leane brings a clear eye and narrative strength to a body of work that has a strong political edge. Her poems mix irony and humour with anger to generate a powerful reminder of the impact on indigenous Australia of the invasion and settlement of this land just over two centuries ago,' writes ABR's States of Poetry - ACT State Editor Jen Webb. Read her full States of Poetry introduction here.

Jeanine Leane on what drives her poetry

The Aunties who raised me, their stories of people and Country, and the resilience of Aboriginal people inspire me. Activism and the pressing need to correct this nation's history to include and continue to include the voices and experiences of Aboriginal Australians is the driving force behind my work. I believe that all Aboriginal writing is political and that poetry is an excellent medium to express untold and repressed histories of my people.

States of Poetry

'Cardboard Incarceration'

'Colour of Massacre'

'Lady Mungo Speaks'

'On Cannibals'

'Whitefellas'

Recordings

#38 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'Lady Mungo Speaks' and 'Whitefellas' by Jeanine Leane

Further reading and links

Jeanine Leane on ‘Writing Landscapes’ on the NLA website

'Sunrise Sunset in Yangshou' in  Peril: Asian-Australian Arts and Culture, Edition 22 – Like Black on Rice (2015)

'Historyless People' in Long History Deep Time: Deepening Histories of Place, edited by Ann McGrath and Marianne Jebb, Australian National University e-Press, Canberra, 2015

'Home Talk' in Ngapartji Ngapartji:In turn in turn: Ego Histoire in Europe and Indigenous Australia, edited by Vanessa Castejon, Anna Cole, Oliver Haag and Karen Hughes, ANU Press (2014)

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Sarah RiceSarah Rice won the 2014 Ron Pretty Poetry Award and the 2014 Bruce Dawe poetry prize; co-won the 2011 Gwen Harwood; and was placed third in the 2014 FAW Shoalhaven Literary Awards. She was also shortlisted in the 2014 ACU, 2014 Axel Clark, 2013 Montreal, 2013 Tom Howard, 2013 Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman, 2011 CJ Dennis and 2011 Michael Thwaites poetry awards. Her limited-edition, art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints by Patsy Payne, Ampersand Duck 2010), is held in the National Gallery of Australia and other institutions and libraries. Publications include the Global Poetry Anthology 2013, Award Winning Australian Writing and Best Australian Poetry 2012, Long Glances: A Snapshot of new Australian Poetry 2013, The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm: Poetry from Canberra, Island, Southerly, Contrappasso, and Australian Poetry Journal.

State Editor's notes

'Sarah Rice is a visual artist and a philosopher as well as a poet, and those other practices emerge in her poetry. Her works are filled with verve and colour, and tackle bold and complex ideas in a language that delights the ear through its playful use of words, its lists, and its dense language,' writes ABR's States of Poetry - ACT State Editor Jen Webb. Read her full States of Poetry introduction here.

Sarah Rice's notes on her States of Poetry selection

First up I want to flag my love of words – in all their roundness and edginess, their text, texture, taste, and tenor. I love that feeling of a poem as a place where words come together to meet and greet – or as Judith Wright so eloquently puts it in 'Nameless Flower': 'word and word are chosen and met.'

I am particularly interested in the saying of poetry, as in 'The Saying and the Said', which was influenced by my reading of Levinasian philosophy – the idea of expression as a reaching out towards an Other. The weight of words and the warmth of words, as well as the silences ('Song of Gratitude') are all important to me.

Another critical influence is the effect my parents had on my poetic sensibility as well as on my life as a whole. 'Self-reliance', 'The Saying and the Said', and 'Climbing' are all part of what I like to think of as a series called 'what my ma taught me' – i.e. lessons to live by, and the difficulties one faces in living well – for instance, the struggle over how to set one's sights – what perspective to take, how long a view, and from what angle ('Climbing'). And of course, as seen in the ode to my father ('Dad'), the many joys he passed on to me, as well as the multitudinous small activities that make a man.

To conclude, it is really to 'small things' that I owe much of my poetry – each tiny artefact in the Canberra Museum and Gallery (CMAG) that inspired 'Song of Gratitude', and the small daily routines and rituals expressed in 'Self-reliance' that mark each small step we take in our climb through life.

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'Climbing'

'Dad'

'Self-reliance'

'Song of gratitude'

'The Saying and the Said'

Recordings

#37 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'The Saying and The Said' and 'Dad' by Sarah Rice

Further reading and links

Sarah Rice's 'Poet of the Month' feature on the Poem and Dish blog

'Yawn' on Tuesday Poem blogspot (October 2015) selected by guest editor Jennifer Compton

'Piecemeal' on Tuesday poem blogspot (August 2015) selected by P.S. Cottier

Recorded interview and reading of 'Last Week' winner of the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize at USQ (September 2014). See here for interview with Dr Jessica Gildersleeve and poetry reading

Reading of 'Yawn' - shortlisted in Montreal Poetry Prize

Those Who Travel, limited-edition artist-book of poetry, with prints by Patsy Payne, published independently by Ampersand Duck.

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Stuart Barnes UQP smallerStuart Barnes was born in Hobart in 1977; Gwen Harwood befriended him in the late-1980s. Since 2013 he has been poetry editor for Tincture Journal. In 2014 he was named runner-up in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and co-judged the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards: Poetry. In 2015 Glasshouses (University of Queensland Press, 2016) won the Thomas Shapcott Prize and he performed at Queensland Poetry and Brisbane Writers Festivals at the invitation of their directors. His poems have been published widely, anthologised, exhibited, and shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2009 and 2010.

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'Black Cockatoos'

'Deep Sea Love'

'Fingal Valley'

'Horus and Set'

'Moon–

Further reading and links

Stuart Barnes's website

Matt Hetherington interviews Stuart Barnes for Mascara Literary Review

Stuart Barnes's poetry at Seizure Online

Stuart Barnes's poetry at Cordite Poetry Review

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MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems, and essays) including a collection jointly written with the Australian poet, Peter Boyle. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and in her native Australia. Several of her books have appeared in translation: The Ridiculous Shape of Longing (Macedonian) and her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda's Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian, and Swedish. A French translation by Anne Ortiz Talvaz of her 2001 book, Bestseller (Vagabond Press, Sydney), will be published in France in 2019 (Editions de l'Amandier, Paris). Recent collections include In Possession of Loss (Shearsman Books, 2014) and The Law of Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), the latter of which was written over two decades.

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'Little Track'

'The Grass is Full'

'The Correct Way'

'Above Us'

' The World's yard'

Recordings

#50 States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Little Track', 'The Grass is Full', and 'The Correct Way' by MTC Cronin

#51 States of Poetry 2016 QLD Podcast | 'Above Us' and 'The Worlds Yard' by MTC Cronin

Further reading and links

Peter Kenneally reviews The Law of Poetry in the December 2015 issue of Australian Book Review

MTC Cronin interview on ABC Radio National's Earshot program

Author page on Red Room Company website

Author page on Poetry Library website

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Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a writer and multimedia artist based in Sydney, Australia. A descendent of the Wergaia and Wemba Wemba people from north western Victoria, her practice is concerned with the distances between place and people, themes she explores through prose poetry and media based works. Susie has performed and presented widely at literary festivals and events in Australia and abroad, and in 2015 co-ran an event of collaborative poetry performances at the National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle. Selected publications include Alien She, Keep Brave, Shabby Doll House, The Lifted Brow, For Every Year and Voiceworks Magazine. Susie was a recipient of a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2014.

Susie also makes work as part of the arts collective sociocreative trust, most recently Elsewhere, an exhibition at Redrock Books & Gallery in 2015, and Speak Easy, a curated dinner and performance at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne.

State Editor's notes

'Susie Anderson moved from Victoria to New South Wales fairly recently. She writes strikingly easygoing, relaxed prose poems. They are confessional and deceptively off the cuff – as though presenting thoughts and actions unfolding in real time. Her unaffected voice, typically keen to reveal her quirks and shortcomings to the reader, is endearing in its honesty' writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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 'time conquers all'

'the bus'

'small town apocalypse'

'minimum spend'

'egress'

Recordings

#42 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | Introduction and 'small town apocalypse' by Susie Anderson

#43 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'time conquers all' by Susie Anderson

#44 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'the bus' by Susie Anderson

#45 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'minimum spend' by Susie Anderson

#46 States of Poetry 2016 NSW Podcast | 'egress' by Susie Anderson

Further reading and links

Susie Anderson's Blog

Three Poems by Susie Anderson published in The Lifted Brow

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