QPF’s Indigenous Poet-in-Residence program acknowledges the traditional owners of the land the festival is held on and the rich tradition of oral storytelling of Australia’s first poets, as well as showcasing the new wave of contemporary Aboriginal poets. Poets engage in a residency at QPF in a program designed in consultation with the artist and community.
The 2018 Indigenous Poet-in-Residence is Alison Whittaker, a Gomeroi poet and law scholar. She was a 2017—2018 Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. In 2017, Alison received the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN, and in 2015 her first collection Lemons in the Chicken Wire was developed under a black&write! fellowship from the State Library of Queensland. Alison’s latest collection of essays, short fiction and poetry, blakwork, is out in September 2018 with Magabala.
Whittaker will spend time getting to know local poets and audiences in Brisbane and regional Queensland in the lead up to and during QPF 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.
Whittaker’s full schedule of events, will be announced at the Queensland Poetry Festival program launch on 19 July.
This program is proudly supported by Brian Tucker Accounting.