Graham KershawGraham Kershaw

Graham Kershaw is the author of novels, stories, essays and poetry. Originally from England, he now lives in Denmark, on Western Australia's south coast, where he practises as an architect and runs Hallowell Press, a small publishing project with a regional focus.

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from 'Emails to Manila'

'Perenjori Morning'

'The Heywood Spire'

'The Children of Aleppo'

'The Vicar & the Gypsy'

Recording

#63 States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Emails to Manila' by Graham Kershaw

Further reading and links

'Emails to Manila'  by Graham Kershaw published in Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, Vol. 5 no.2, 2013

Watch an interview with Blake Poetry Prize winner, Graham Kershaw

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J.P. QuintonJ.P. Quinton

J.P. Quinton lives in Fremantle, Western Australia. He is an adventurer and writer. In 2011 he became inspired by the story of Bon Scott while cycling around the U.K. The novel Bad Boy Boogie: the Adventures of Bon Scott is the result of four years research and interviews with friends of Scott.

Quinton has also written multiple books of poetry. New Poets is available through Fremantle Press.

He is now researching his next novel about bushwalking. Over the next few years he will be walking the Australian Alps Walking Track, The Shikuko Island Temple walk, The Heysen trail, the Te Araroa trail in New Zealand and the Pacific Crest Trail. When he returns to Western Australia he aims to walk the Bibbulmun track in thirteen days.

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'Dog Barks Heard from the Kitchen'

'There is No One to Complain'

'Site Visit: Ashfield Flats'

'Reading the Landscape'

'the red hut'

Recordings

#39 States of Poetry WA Podcast | 'Reading the Landscape' by J.P. Quinton

Further reading and links

J.P. Quinton's website

Bad Boy Boogie: the Adventures of Bon Scott by J.P. Quinton, published in December 2015

'Interview with J.P. Quinton' published by Fremantle Press on 20 July 2015

'Seven Years, to the Day' by J.P. Quinton, published on 1 February 2015 in Cordite Poetry Review

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Kia GroomKia Groom

Kia Groom is founding editor of Quaint Magazine. The recipient of an Academy of American Poets award, the runner-up for the 2014 Judith Wright Poetry Prize, and a pushcart nominee, Kia's work has been published in The Mary Sue, Delirious Hem, and other blogs and magazines, as well as journals such as Cordite, Going Down Swinging, Westerly, Permafrost and Inky Needles. Her work is forthcoming in the Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry and HYSTERIA: Writing the Female Body.

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'Alice at Last'

'Catholic Education'

'Phantasmagoria'

'Tulpa'

'Inferno: I'

Recording

#52 States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Alice at Last' by Kia Groom

#53 States of Poetry 2016 WA podcast | 'Catholic Education' by Kia Groom

#54 States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Phantasmagoria' by Kia Groom

#55 States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Tulpa' by Kia Groom

#56 States of Poetry 2016 WA Podcast | 'Inferno I : Invasion Day' by Kia Groom

Further reading and links

Kia Groom's website

Kia Groom is the Founding Editor/Poetry Editor of Quaint Magazine

'So You Married a Supervillain: Watching Jessica Jones as a Trauma Survivor'  by Kia Groom published on The Mary Sue on 17 December 2015

'There May Be Maggots: An Interview with Featured Author Kia Groom' published in permafrostmag on 20 January 2016

'Alice at Last' by Kia Groom published in Cordite Poetry Review on 1 February 2015

'Be were' by Kia Groom published in Overland in Issue 218 Autumn 2015

'Inferno III' by Kia Groom published in Cordite Poetry Review on 1 August 2012

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Pam Brown

Pam Brown is a dedicated professional amateur who has published many books, chapbooks and an e-book. She has been actively involved in a diverse gamut of poetic activity since the 1970s. Pam is a contributing editor for several magazines and independent publishers, most recently, for Cordite Poetry Review. In 2014 she edited ten booklets of new transnational poetry, the deciBels series, for Vagabond Press. Vagabond published her new collection, Missing up, in December 2015. A bilingual edition of her poems, Alibis, translated into French by Jane Zemiro, was published by Société Jamais-Jamais in 2014. She lives in Alexandria in Sydney.

State Editor's notes

'Reading Pam Brown's poems is a bit like watching jazz; it can feel like she is going off on long solo improvisations. Things from the outside world – a train announcement, a sign she passes – interweave themselves with her inner melodies, and she seems to play with the sounds and rhythm of words as much as with sense and nonsense, as in this passage: "rain taxi / book thug / I ate all your bees".' writes ABR's States of Poetry - New South Wales State Editor Elizabeth Allen. Read her States of Poetry introduction here.

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 'November now'

'Ascriptions'

'Electric money'

Further reading and links

Pam Brown's Blog 

Writers’ Series: Pam Brown

 ‘THE END’  - editorial by Pam Brown, published in Cordite Poetry Review

 Gig Ryan reviews Home by Dark by Pam Brown, published in the July-August 2013 issue of Australian Book Review

Nathaniel Pree reviews Missing upin Cordite Poetry Review, January 2016

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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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Paul HetheringtonPaul Hetherington recently returned from a six-month residency at the Australia Council’s B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome. He has published nine collections of poetry and four poetry chapbooks. Six Different Windows (UWA Publishing) won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (poetry), and his new collection, Burnt Umber, will be published by UWA Publishing in May 2016. He has three times been a finalist in the international Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition and was shortlisted for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize. He is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra and head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) there.

State Editor's notes

'Paul Hetherington is a colleague of mine at the University of Canberra, and is also a nationally and internationally recognised poet. His poems are very imagistic, full of affectual moments, and marry memory with possibility, offering windows into what it is to be human,' writes ABR's States of Poetry - ACT State Editor Jen Webb. Read her full States of Poetry introduction here.

Paul Hetherington on his States of Poetry selection

Two of these poems are ekphrastic. ‘The Black Dress’ refers to an actual painting, meditating on issues that the painting suggested; and ‘Eyes’ is a poem of notional ekphrasis – that is, it simultaneously evokes and ruminates on the painting it refers to which has no existence outside of the poem. The other three works – ‘Dwelling’, ‘Gap’, and ‘River’ are poems that attempt to speak laterally about loss, dramatising some of its occasions.

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Black Dress

‘Dwelling’

‘Eyes’

‘Gap’

‘River’

Recording

#57 States of Poetry 2016 ACT Podcast | 'Gap' and 'River' by Paul Hetherington

Further reading and links

Paul Hetherington at Australian Poetry Library

Interview with Paul Hetherington on Verity La

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Omar MusaOmar Musa is a Malaysian-Australian author, rapper, and poet from Queanbeyan. He is the former winner of the Australian Poetry Slam and the Indian Ocean Poetry Slam. He has released three hip hop albums, two poetry books (including Parang), and has appeared on ABC TV's Q&A and at TEDx Sydney at the Sydney Opera House. His début novel Here Come the Dogs, was published by Penguin Australia in 2014 and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. Omar Musa was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Young Novelists of the Year in 2015. He is currently working on a new album and a novel.

State Editor's notes

'Omar Musa lives in Queanbeyan, which forms part of the broader Australian Capital Region rather than the ACT per se. He is an important part of the local poetry scene: a rap poet who captures the visual and the visceral, and presents them in riveting, vibrant performances,' writes ABR's States of Poetry - ACT State Editor Jen Webb. Read her full States of Poetry introduction here.

Omar Musa's notes on his States of Poetry selection

I write a lot of my poems in a trance-like state, so the details of process are hard to recall and describing a poem's origins feels a little like speculation. Osip Mandelstam's poetry influenced 'Blood Poetry'. Growing up, visible from my bedroom window, there was a paddock where fennel grew, so I must have been describing that. Writing poetry that somehow both satisfies the reader and makes them uneasy is something I aspire to. My friend Jessica Wilczak, an astute reader, helped me sculpt this one a while after I scribbled it.

'The fear (unfinished)' was written in the aftermath of the Lindt café shootings, when I saw huge collective fear in Australia, among both Muslims and non-Muslims.

'Teargas Sunset (unfinished)': Last year, on the way to Macedonia to research my novel Here Come the Dogs, I stopped off in Istanbul, one of my favourite cities in the world, and accidentally got caught up in violent clashes between protestors and police. This is what I saw. Fun fact: there is a particular description in this that is exactly the same as one in Here Come the Dogs and I only just noticed it now. If anyone's read both, see if you can figure out what it is.

'Do You Remember?' was inspired by an exhibit I saw at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand, about the ingenious and mind-boggling journeys Polynesian people took to populate the South Pacific. I suppose it was also an attempt to write a love poem of sorts.

'The Moon' was inspired by the executions of Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan in Bali, but not necessarily about them. It's about something else, but I'm still not quite sure what.

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'Blood Poetry'

'Do you remember?'

'Teargas sunset'

'The fear'

'The Moon'

Further reading and links

Omar Musa’s blog

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