Arts Queensland Poet In Residence

Established in 2005, the prestigious Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Program develops Queensland’s poetry and writing culture by providing a residency for a high-profile poet or spoken word artist to engage directly with Queensland poets and the poetry/spoken word community.

This year, we’ve given this program the #QPF2020 spin: we welcome not just one, but four poets and spoken word artists for our one-off Arts Queensland Poet in (Digital) Residence program. Canadian writer and storyteller Ivan Coyote, poet Nick Makoha (UK), performance poet Amina Atiq (UK), and returning favourite Kate Durbin (USA).

Our four artists will deliver performances, workshops, one-on-one mentorship sessions, and more during this summery digital residency in 2020:

  • Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller, the author of twelve books, the creator of four films, three albums, and an international touring performer. Coyote’s new book, Rebent Sinner, was released in 2019 by Arsenal Pulp Press. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary PHD from Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. Hear about Ivan’s quest for a powder pink shirt.
  • Nick Makoha‘s debut Kingdom of Gravity was shortlisted for the Felix Dennis Prize and nominated by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017.  Both a Cave Canem Graduate Fellow and Complete Works Alumni, he won the 2015 Brunel prize and 2016 Derricotte & Eady Prize for his pamphlet Resurrection Man. Watch ‘Kingdom of Gravity’.
  • Amina Atiq is a Yemeni-Scouse writer, performance artist & activist. She is a Curious Minds Young Associate & BBC Words First Finalist 2019. Atiq’s work explores the conflict of her dual identity – of her heartland, Yemen, and her homeland, Liverpool. She is writing a one-woman poetry-theatre play, revisiting her grandmother’s 1970s Yemeni-British household. Watch ‘Belong’.
  • Kate Durbin is a Los Angeles-based artist and writer. Her books include Hoarders, forthcoming from Wave Books in 2021, E! Entertainment, The Ravenous Audience, and ABRA. ABRA is also a free, interactive iOS app that is ‘a living text’, which won the 2017 international Turn On Literature Prize for electronic literature. In 2015, she was the Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence in Brisbane, Australia. Watch ‘American Cheese’.



QPF thanks our friends at Speaking Volumes for partnering with us to book our talented UK poets, Amina and Nick.

The poet-in-residence program is designed in consultation with QPF and our community, working to increase an appreciation of poetry through partnerships and performances with Queensland’s flagship and community festivals and events, and working with local poets and arts organisations.

Our regular International Poet-in-Residence and Indigenous Poet-in-Residence programs return in 2021. Check out some of our past resident poets.

The Poet-in-Residence Program works to develop the profile of poetry, showcase new work and inspire innovation in the art form.

The Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Program is a project of Arts Queensland, administrated by Queensland Poetry Festival.

Speaking Volumes (UK)