In conjunction with the 'Travellers' exhibition and the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017, join award-winning Indigenous female poets Joy Harjo (2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence) and Ali Cobby Eckermann (QPF 2017 Indigenous Poet in Residence) for special readings of their work, and a discussion of poetry, activism, place and resistance in conversation with author, Melissa Goorie.
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and is a member of the Mvskoke Nation. Her seven books of poetry include award-winning titles How We Became Human- New and Selected Poems, The Woman Who Fell From the Sky, and She Had Some Horses. Harjo has been awarded the New Mexico Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas; and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.
Ali Cobby Eckermann is an Australian poet, who was selected as the Australian Poetry Ambassador in 2013. She has won numerous prizes including the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry (NSW) for her verse novel Ruby Moonlight, and was the inaugural recipient of the Tungkunungka Pintyanthi Fellowship. In 2016 Ali presented at the Christchurch Word Festival in New Zealand, and in 2017 she received a Windham-Campbell Award from Yale University. Her latest collection of poetry - Inside My Mother was published in 2015 by Giramondo.
Melissa Lucashenko (host) is an award-winning novelist who lives between Brisbane and the Bundjalung nation. Melissa's most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the 2013 Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, the 2014 Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing. Mullumbimby was also longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize in 2015. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction work for Griffith REVIEW, and a founding member of Sisters Inside.
QAG - Lecture Theatre
2-3pm followed by book signings
Note: Joy Harjo & Ali Cobby Eckermann's books will be available for sale at this event. Cash sales only.https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/calendar/events/travellers-queensland-poetry-festival-discussion-heart-to-heart
The Arts Queensland Poet in Residence is funded by Arts Queensland and the QPF2017 Indigenous Poet in Residence is sponsored by Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane