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 2019 Arts Queensland International Poet in Residence is Selina Tusitala Marsh, New Zealand’s current Poet Laureate and former Commonwealth Poet. Selina has performed all over the globe (including a gig for one Barack Obama) and her belief that poetry can change the world is downright contagious. Come and catch the bug! Heading to Brisbane this August, Selina will be treating QPF audiences to workshops, pearls of wisdom and electrifying performances. In the meantime, here’s a little bit of love from the legend herself:
“To all Queensland Poetry Lovers,
I bring with me the New Zealand Poet Laureate Tokotoko – a carved Maori walking/talking/fire stick, so that when we engage in deep listening, we might walk poetry, talk poetry and set fire to language! Looking forward to talking story with you all in August!”
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 Yona Harvey, 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.