About

PURPOSE

Our vision is for QPF to become internationally recognised for its flagship poetry festival and events, honouring poetry’s traditions and fostering future voices.

Poetry is one of the most enduring aesthetic and cultural practices of human history. Especially in Australia, with its legacy of unbroken Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, poetry is born from oral storytelling and song and demonstrates the expressive power of language as both a creative practice and cultural experience.

Queensland Poetry Festival Inc. (QPF) is an independent festival and arts organisation, which exists to support, cultivate and promote a vibrant poetry and spoken word culture in Queensland, as well as Australia and beyond. Our approach is one of inclusion, diversity of voices, and respect for culture.

We base our work on the belief that poetry and the arts reflect and provoke the depth of thinking and feeling necessary for open-minded and progressive communities to thrive.

QPF has operated in its current form as an incorporated entity since 2007. In addition, QPF is a registered charity and (as of 2020) holds deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. That means your donations to us are tax deductable.

MISSION

QPF’s mission is to support great artists to inspire, entertain and challenge a diverse audience base by delivering excellence in all forms of poetry and spoken word, to create stronger communities and improve people’s health and wellbeing through the power of poetry.

We want to bring poetry — whether on the page, stage, speakers or screen — to a wide audience. You can find out more about our vibrant year-round program of satellite events here.

In transitioning our festival from early spring to an autumn delivery over 2020–21, QPF will continue to curate and administer the following signature projects: Arts Queensland Poetry Awards, Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Program, Indigenous Poet in Residence, SlammED! schools program, Australian Poetry Slam (Queensland heats), and regional tours and events.

QPF also partners with various organisations and individuals throughout the year to host (or co-host) launches, workshops and other events. We welcome enquirIes from community groups, festivals, libraries and arts organisations looking to connect with poetic practice in Queensland.

GOALS

    1. Excellence
      QPF’s work demonstrates excellence in terms of creative process, supporting great artists, fostering artistic excellence, audience engagement and inclusion, and event production.
    1. Connection
      QPF communicates with impact to engage communities to create a vibrant society and culture. We influence our stakeholders to connect with, participate in and value poetry, to create stronger communities and improve people’s health and wellbeing through the power of poetry.
    1. Resilience and Sustainability
      QPF has the human, financial and organisational resources to enable it to execute its functions, achieve its goals and invest in the future.

OUR PEOPLE

OUR BOARD

JADE COLLINS, CHAIR

Jade Collins is a thought leader and disruptor who is building a gender-equal world. She is a Director of Femeconomy.com and has over 19 years’ global experience in corporate executive Human Resources and management consulting roles in the Mining, Energy and Aerospace industries. Jade is a member of the Queensland Government’s Strategic Advisory Group for the Toward Gender Parity: Women on Boards Initiative and is an award-winning entrepreneur.

KATHERINE WEBBER, DEPUTY CHAIR

Katherine Webber is a practitioner in social planning and community development. Katherine has worked with a range of government and non-government programs in Australia and the Pacific to improve social inclusion, gender equality and community safety. Katherine is passionate about the arts and how it can foster dialogue and support inclusive communities.

JACQUELINE THORNELY, TREASURER

Jacqui is a Senior Manager with the Queensland Audit Office, and has extensive accounting and audit experience.

JESSICA BLAND, SECRETARY

Jessica is a lawyer in a national commercial law firm, practising in litigation and dispute resolution. She advises and acts for clients in a number of industries and in relation to a broad range of legal issues. She is passionate about literature and the arts, and, in addition to her law degree, holds a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature and history.

GERARD HEALY, DIRECTOR

Gerard has been involved in the arts for many years. He performed in a number of plays for the Sunnybank Theatre Company and the Taylor Street Theatre Company. Gerard was Treasurer for the Victorian-based Arena Theatre Company and is currently the Treasurer for Clocked Out, a music ensemble dedicated to contemporary music. Gerard is also the Finance Manager for School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at the University of Queensland.

DR KELLI MCGRAW, DIRECTOR

Dr Kelli McGraw is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at QUT. Currently teaching secondary English curriculum, her prior experience includes teaching high school English and debating in Southwest Sydney, NSW. Kelli researches the fields of secondary school curriculum, teacher identity, digital literacy and children’s literature, presently focusing on the use of project-based learning in secondary English. She is the Vice President of the English Teachers Association of Queensland.

DAVID JACOBSON, DIRECTOR

David Jacobson is a commercial and corporate lawyer with 40 years of legal practice experience. He is the principal of Bright Corporate Law. He provides Boards with particular insight regarding governance, risk and compliance issues. He is an experienced Board director and has a long record of providing legal advice to not-for-profits including in the arts sector. David is currently a director of Neurosensory Ltd .

SUE THOMSON, DIRECTOR

Sue has a strong background in marketing, communication, fundraising and development. She has held senior and executive marketing and management roles across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, delivering integrated marketing communication and development programs in local, domestic and international markets. She is also a casual academic with the UQ Business School, and is passionate about the arts in all its forms.

QPF TEAM

MICHAEL PETERSON, GENERAL MANAGER

Michael has a long-standing career within the Arts in Queensland, having previously undertaken operational roles including Deputy General Manager, Woodfordia, which produces Woodford Folk Festival, The Planting Festival, and Festival of Small Halls; Team Leader of Creative Sector Investment, Brisbane City Council; Director of Ideas Festival, Queensland Government; and Programme Director of Woodford Folk Festival.

In addition, Michael has undertaken strategic consultancy engagements with prominent arts organisations, local government authorities and universities, and previously lectured at QUT in Creative Industries and Arts Management.

ZENOBIA FROST, EVENTS & MARKETING MANAGER

Zenobia is an award-winning poet and freelance copywriter committed to fostering creative communities in Brisbane. She has held editorial roles with Cordite Poetry ReviewVoiceworks Magazine and Stilts, and has a longstanding history of involvement with Queensland Poetry Festival. Zenobia curates QPF’s 2020 satellite events, and manages QPF’s communications and social media.

ANNA JACOBSON, AWARDS ADMINISTRATOR

Anna is a poet and artist from Brisbane. In 2018 she won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019). Anna’s poetry chapbook The Last Postman is part of the deciBels 3 series (Vagabond Press, 2018). In 2018 Anna won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies including Griffith ReviewChicago Quarterly ReviewCorditeMeanjinRabbitAustralian Poetry Journal, and ABR‘s States of Poetry Queensland.

ANGELA PEITA, SlammED! & APS Qld PROJECT MANAGER

Angela Peita is a spoken word performer, workshop facilitator and event producer. She has spent much of the last six years working in schools and youth services working to empower young people through poetry and performance. She is a founding member and current producer of Ruckus Slam — one of Australia’s largest poetry slams — and is passionate about creating spaces for live art and community to thrive.

PROGRAM ADVISORS

OUR PROGRAM ADVISORS

In 2017, QPF moved to a new model of programming, balancing curatorial artist invitations with programming drawn from an open Expressions of Interest (EOI) process. QPF now engages volunteer Program Advisors to independently assess all EOIs, as well as to make program and artist suggestions. QPF’s next round of program advisors will be announced in late 2020.

Previous advisors include Laniyuk Garcon-Mills, Stuart Barnes, Andrew Galan, Angela Gardner, Mindy Gill, Rebecca Jessen, Angela Pieta and Grace Lucas-Pennington.