Two of Australia’s most exciting young poets come together on one dynamic panel. Evelyn Araluen’s Dropbear is a razor-sharp gothic reclamation that peels back the layers of colonialism and what we call Australia. It is both a radical act of literary agency and a celebration of and tribute to Country. Jazz Money’s how to make a basket is a fierce lyrical protest against settler violence and an ode to Queer and First Nations love. Their poetry sings, crackles and inspires.
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Evelyn Araluen is a poet, researcher, co-editor of Overland and a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded prizes including the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Dropbear is her debut poetry collection.
Jazz Money is a poet and artist of Wiradjuri heritage, currently based on sovereign Gadigal land. Her poetry has been published widely and reimagined as murals, installations, digital interventions and film. Jazz’s poetry has been recognised with the David Unaipon Award, the Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Poetry Prize and the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize. how to make a basket is her first book.
Natalie Harkin is a Narungga woman and poet from South Australia. She works at Flinders University and has an interest in decolonising state archives, engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service and labour histories in SA. Her books include Dirty Words and Archival-poetics.