In 2019, the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence program was awarded to Selina Tusitala Marsh (NZ), New Zealand’s 2017–19 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.
In 2018, the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence program was awarded to Yona Harvey (USA).
Yona Harvey is 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.
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), shortlisted 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.
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.
Past Poets in Residence include Kate Durbin, Jeet Thayil, Hinemoana Baker, Michael Hofmann, Paul Durcan, Louise Wallwein, Jacqueline Turner and Emily XYZ.