Queensland Poetry Festival have announced their two 2018 poets in residence! The two poets will play key roles in the festival program, including spending time getting to know local poets and audiences in Brisbane and regional Queensland. They will each host workshops, deliver readings and contribute to panel discussions as well as taking some time to write and enjoy all the festival has to offer.
The 2018 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence is Yona Harvey, an award-winning African American poet, literary artist and contributing writer to Marvel Comics’ best-selling Black Panther series, making her one of the first black women ever to have written for Marvel. Recipient of a Kate Tufts Discovery Award (for her debut collection Hemming the Water) and a Barbara Deming Award for feminists in the arts, Harvey lives in Pennsylvania, where she teaches poetry at the University of Pittsburgh and facilitates nonfiction workshops for adolescents writing about mental illness.
The 2018 Indigenous Poet-in-Residence is Alison Whittaker, a Gomeroi poet and law scholar. She was a 2017—2018 Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. In 2017, Alison received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN, and in 2015 her first collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire was developed under a black&write! fellowship from the State Library of Queensland. Alison’s latest collection of essays, short fiction and poetry, blakwork, is out in September 2018 with Magabala.