The 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.
The 2018 Arts Queensland international 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.
Ms Harvey will spend time getting to know local poets and audiences in Brisbane and regional Queensland in the lead up to and during festival week. She will host workshops, deliver readings, contribute to panel discussions as well as taking some time to write and enjoying all the festival has to offer.
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.
Each year QPF invites one international poet and one Indigenous Australian poet to the prestigious positions of international and Indigenous poets in residence respectively. Recent international poets in residence include Courtney Sina-Meredith, Joy Harjo, Jeet Thayil and Kate Durbin.
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.