Program Advisors

Meet our 2018–2019 Program Advisors

We’re pleased to announce eight program advisors will make an invaluable contribution to our programming decisions in the coming months.

Stuart Barnes was born and raised in Hobart, Tasmania, educated at Monash University, Victoria, and lives in Rockhampton, Queensland. His debut poetry collection, Glasshouses (UQP 2016), won the Thomas Shapcott Prize, was commended for the Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Award. From 2013–2017 he was poetry editor for Tincture Journal. / @StuartABarnes



Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Nuovi Argomenti, Cordite and more. His latest collection, For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), Bareknuckle Books, won a 2017 ACT Writing and Publishing Award.



Laniyuk Garcon-Mills was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the intersectionality of her cross cultural and queer identity. Her work appears in Colouring the Rainbow: Blak, Queer and Trans Perspectives. She is the current writer in resident at Overland and was the 2017 recipient of the Emerging First Nations Writers Residency at Noted Writers Festival.



Angela Gardner is the author of four poetry collections Parts of Speech (UQP, 2007) winner of the Thomas Shapcott Arts Queensland Poetry Prize, Views of the Hudson (Shearsman Books UK, 2009), The Told World (Shearsman, 2014) and Thing&Unthing (Vagabond Press, Sydney 2014) in addition to chapbooks and collaborations. She has received a Churchill Fellowship, an Australia Council Literature Residency among other awards and commissions. Recently she’s been awarded an Australia Council project grant and her manuscript Some Sketchy Notes on Matter is currently shortlisted for the Dorothy Hewett Award. She edits at


Mindy Gill is a poet and editor. In 2017 her work was recognised by the Tom Collins Poetry Prize, the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. She lives in Brisbane, where she is Peril Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief.




Rebecca Jessen is the award-winning author of verse-novel Gap (UQP, 2014). In 2017 her poem ‘(after) HER: dating app adventures’ was shortlisted for the Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem. Rebecca’s writing has been published in Overland, The Lifted Brow, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Going Down Swinging, Tincture Journal and more. Her debut poetry collection is forthcoming with UQP in 2020.



Angela Peita is a spoken word performer, workshop facilitator and event producer. She is a founding member and current producer of Brisbane’s Ruckus Slam and is passionate about creating spaces for live art and community to thrive.




Grace Lucas-Pennington is a young Aboriginal woman of Bundjalung/European descent. She grew up in Brisbane and Northern NSW. Grace is interested in publishing, politics, media, social justice, and the arts. She is passionate about First Nations writing and promoting our stories. Grace currently works as Editor with the Black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project based at State Library of Queensland. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Oodgeroo Noonuccal Indigenous Poetry Prize.