Past Poets in Residence

Past Poets in Residence


In 2017 the Poet in Residence program was  shared between one of the world’s greatest poets and one of its most exciting new voices: Joy Harjo (USA) and Courtney Sina Meredith (NZ)


Harjo is right at the top of the best contemporary American poetry and music artists. – Thomas Rain Crow, The Bloomsbury Review

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation who is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century. Harjo’s eight books of poetry include such well-known titles as How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. Her newest collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings (2015), short-listed for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, is hailed by Yusef Komunyakaa as ‘a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history’. Her memoir Crazy Brave (2012) won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Recently, Harjo was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilley Prize, bestowed on a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.

Key Events 

Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Community Welcome Sun 6 Aug 3–4 pm. Henderson Gallery Free. All welcome

Soul Talk, Song Language: Poetry Workshop Wed 9 Aug 630–830 pm. Meeting Room 1B State Library of QLD $50 All welcome, book here

Indigenous Writing Workshop Sat 12 10am – 12pm. Henderson Gallery Free. Indigenous Writers Only. Email:

Sisters Inside – Writing Workshop Monday 14 Aug Henderson Gallery Closed workshop

Joy Harjo in-conversation with Ali Cobby Eckermann (Hosted by Melissa Lucashenko) Thurs 17 Aug 2–3 pm. QAGOMA Lecture Theatre Free. All welcome, more info here

Deadly Voices: Spoken Word & Comedy Night Fri 18 Aug 7pm Quandamooka Festival Dunwich Hall, Goompi (Dunwich). Ticketed through Quandamooka Festival and open to the public.

Quandamooka Writing Workshop with Joy Harjo + Ali Cobby Eckermann Saturday 19 Aug 1030am-1pm Quandamooka Festival Community Learning Centre, Goompi (Dunwich). Free event, all welcome

Culture Train: Feature Reading Sat 19 Aug 7pm–9pm BEMAC Ticketed through BEMAC and open to the public


Courtney Sina Meredith’s poetry sparkles with an eloquence and creativity that is both impressive and unique. – BBC

Courtney Sina Meredith is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards before being published, and she launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair, and her debut book of short stories, Tail of the Taniwha, in 2016. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’. She has been selected for a number of international writers’ residencies, including the prestigious Fall Residency at the University of Iowa and the Island Institute Residency in Sitka, Alaska. Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French and Bahasa Indonesia. She is of Samoan, Mangaian and Irish descent.

Key Events Courtney will be in residence from 24 Aug – 10 Sept

QPF2017 Opening Night + Awards: Reading Thur 24 Aug 6–7.30 pm. Judith Wright Centre Free

QPF2017 Pacifika Showcase Fri 25 Aug 6–7 pmJudith Wright Centre Free

QPF2017 Queer Lit Salon Sat 26 Aug 10pm Bloodhound Bar Ticketshere

QPF2017 Shorts: Poets in Prose Sun 27 Aug 1130 am–1230 pm Judith Wright Centre Free

Words Collide Thur 31 Aug & Fri 1 Sept Horizon Festival Ticketed events, see Horizon website for event details.

Creating a Culture of Possibility: Writing for the page and stage Sun 3 Sept 10am–3 pm QLD Writers Centre $50 Open to all levels of writers, book here

Brisbane Writers Festival 8-10 Sept 2 x events. Ticketed, details TBA soon

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