Poetry – 26 September

As usual, it’s a superb lineup of three great poets and definitely not to be missed. $10 entry includes nibbles and wine and door prizes. 

7.00 pm for 7.30 pm 26 September 2019.

11 Tasmania Circuit, Forrest

Jennifer Kemarre Martinello – is an award winning visual artist and writer of Aboriginal (Arrernte), Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent who has been recognised for her community and individual work over her career. She graduated from the then Canberra School of Arts, now ANU School of Art and Design, in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual), majoring in Sculpture. Since university, Jenni has worked in mediums such as print making, photography, textiles, mixed media and glass. As a writer, Jenni has published six anthologies and a collection of poetry, with her writing being translated into Arabic, Spanish and Polish. In 1999 Jenni founded the ACT Indigenous Writers Group and remained the project coordinator until 2013. Jenni also received an ACT Creative Arts Fellow for Literature in 2003.

Sarah St Vincent Welch‘s heart belongs to two cities: Canberra where she has lived for 30 years, and Sydney where she grew up. Her poetry chapbook OPEN was published this year by Rochford Press and she won the inaugural City of Design Poetry Award last year. She has been involved with poetry for nearly as long as she can remember, from the Poets Union in the 1980s through to That Poetry Thing at Smith’s Alternative bookstore now. She is known for chalking her poetry on the footpaths at arts festivals, and for her short stories about the lives of women and girls.

Melinda Smith – is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt St Poetry, 2017). She won the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call. Her work has been widely anthologised and translated into multiple languages and she is a former poetry editor of The Canberra Times.

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