IMG_0175I am a Brisbane based poet, originally from Toowoomba on the Darling Downs.

In 2013, my first full-length book Confessional Box was named the winner of the FAW Anne Elder Award at the National Literary Awards in Melbourne.

Confessional Box was born from my first two manuscripts – ‘Confessional Box’ and ‘The lost art of penning you a love note’ which were both named as runners up in the 2011 and  2010 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

Another collection of poetry – Memory Bone, was earlier shortlisted for the 2010 Press Press Prize.

In April 2011 a micro-collection of my work ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’ was published as part of Brisbane New Voices Vol III. In February 2013 my first full length book ‘Confessional Box’ was published by Walleah Press.

In 2013, another manuscript was shortlisted for the 2013 John Knight Memorial Manuscript prize.

In 2014, I wrote a collaborative piece with John Koenig called ‘China Bull’. We have performed this piece widely and in 2014 it was shortlisted for the Whitmore Prize. China Bull was published by Work & Tumble in 2015, after winning the chapbook manuscript competition, and launched by Trudie Murrell at Dayboro, north of Brisbane.

In October 2018, another collection, Tourniquet (Walleah Press) was launched by Ynes Sanz at Avid Reader in Brisbane.

A new collection of poetry, Botanical Skin, was published by Calanthe Press in July 2021.

IN PRINT

2021:

  • Australian Poetry Journal Vol 9 – Waitakere
  • Poetry for the Planet Anthology – Silky Oak and Menindee
  • ACU Prize for Poetry Anthology – Way-finding in the Tempest
  • DiBiase Poetry Contest website – Silky Oak
  • Cordite, No Theme 10 – Moths
  • Botanical Skin – collection published by Calanthe Press

2020:

  • Verity La, March 2020 – Box Kite
  • Plumwood Mountain 2020 – Silky Oak and Banksia serrata
  • StylusLit Issue 7, 2020 – Eating Banh Mi near Ben Thanh
  • Writ Review – Songbirds of Saigon

2019:

  •  StylusLit Issue 5, 2019 – Finding faith at the Bones of St Peter
  • Cordite: Monster 2019 – Thursday Night, 1979
  • Australian Poetry Journal 9.1, 2019 – Resist Issue – Wattle
  • Southerly, 2019 – 100 Years

2018:

  • Island 152, 2018 – Wattlebird Pie
  • Australian Poetry Anthology, Vol 6, 2018 – Pink
  • Signs (University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Award Anthology) – Mouth of the Spider

2017:

  • Pressure Gauge Journal, 2017

2016:

  • Cordite: No Theme V, 2016 – The Instinct of Sharks
  • Cordite: Explode, 2016 – Aylan
  • Australian Poetry Journal 6.1, 2016 – Back River

2015:

  • Cordite: Obsolete, 2015
  • Cordite: The End, 2015 – Inheritance
  • Cuttlefish, Ed 1, April 2015 – Papier Mache
  • Southerly, Elemental Issue, 2015 – Petrichor
  • Australian Poetry Journal 5.2, 2015 – Manus
  • Writ Review, Issue 2, 2015 – Fontanelle
  • Rabbit: Biography, 2015 – The love song of Annie Caroline Martha Dixon

2014:

  • Cordite: Silence 2014 – The Torpey Spoon
  • Stilts 2014 – Balloon
  • Dazzled (University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Prize Anthology) – Signs of Life
  • Language of Compassion (ACU Literature Prize Anthology) – Pristella Maxillaris
  • Regime, Issue 1, 2014 – Maranoa
  • Grapple Annual, No 1, 2014 – Hunting Season, 4350
  • Page Seventeen, Issue 11 – Bellarine Machines
  • Tincture Journal – Break-up
  • Sotto (Australian Poetry poem of the fortnight) – Canary in the Coal Town
  • foam:e Issue 11, 2014 – Summer Solstice
  • Australian Poetry Journal Member’s Anthology, Vol 3, 2014 – Signs of Life

2009-2012:

  • Cordite: Gibberbird: of birds and other strings – a poetic conversation 2012
  • Queensland Poetry Festival Anthology 2012
  • Page Seventeen Issue 10, 2012 – Confessional Box
  • Off the Path, 2010 Central Coast Poets Inc Anthology – Evelyn May’s Guest Bedroom
  • Kipple, 2009 – Your Mother’s Hands
  • The Bluepepper, 2009 – Postcard
  • Speedpoets Zine – various

PRIZES

2018:

  • Longlisted, University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize for ‘The Mouth of the Spider’
  • Highly Commended, Tom Collins Poetry Prize for ‘Mathinna’
  • Highly Commended, Picture Ipswich Award for ‘Fernvale Road Ghosts’

2017:

  • Winner, Henry Kendall Poetry Prize for ‘Margaret Olley’s Flannel Flowers’
  • Winner, Picture Ipswich Award for ‘Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins’
  • Overall Winner, Ipswich Poetry Feast 2017
  • Shortlisted, Kalang Retreat ‘Tracking Nature’ residency

2016:

  • Winner, Martha Richardson Poetry Prize 2016 for ‘Christmas Day in Harlaxton’
  • Highly Commended, Ipswich Poetry Feast 2016 for ‘The Mort Street Badlands’

2014:

  • Longlisted, Ron Pretty Poetry Prize for ‘The Mort Street Badlands’
  • Winner, Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize for ‘Something Old, Something New’
  • Shortlisted, ACU Literature Prize for ‘Pristella Maxillaris’
  • Longlisted, University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize for ‘Signs of Life’

2013:

  • Winner, FAW Anne Elder Award 2013 for Confessional Box
  • Shortlisted, John Knight Memorial Manuscript Prize

2012:

  • Winner (Mentorship Prize) Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tough Love’
  • 2nd Prize (Open Local) Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Sally Owens Rides Out’
  • Highly Commended (Open Local) Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tallegalla’ and ‘Territory’
  • Highly Commended (Open Age) Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tough Love’
  • Shortlisted, Page 17 Poetry Competition for ‘Confessional Box’

2008-2011:

  • 1st Prize (Ipswich Open Age) 2011 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Limestone Park’ and Highly Commended for ‘Chrysalid’
  • 2nd Prize (Open Local) 2011 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Final’
  • 1st Prize, 2011 USQ Poetry Competition for ‘Awakening’
  • 3rd Prize, 2011 Banjo Paterson Literary Awards for ‘Saddle Dreaming’
  • 1st Prize, 2010 USQ Poetry Prize for ‘Christmas, 1982’ and Highly Commended for ‘Loss’
  • Highly Commended, 2010 Tenterfield Brush with Verse for ‘Puddings’ (collaboration with Maryanne Oliver)
  • Highly Commended, 2010 Laura Literary Awards
  • 2nd Prize, 2009 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Between Barcaldine and Us’
  • Highly Commended, 2008 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Shapes in the Weather’

PERFORMANCE

  • 2019 Performer at Queensland Poetry Festival – The Coriolis Effect
  • 2019 Feature artist at Calanthe Collective, Tambourine Mountain
  • 2019 Feature artist at Couplet with Lionel Fogarty
  • 2019 Feature artist at Saturdays (with Shirley Maclaine)
  • 2017 Feature artist at Anti-Malcolm Roberts gig, Ipswich
  • 2017 Feature artist at Conform: Never!, Ipswich
  • 2015 Performer at Queensland Poetry Festival
  • 2015 Feature artist at USQ Bookcase Toowoomba
  • 2015 Feature artist at Poets Corner, Maroochydore ‘China Bull’ with John Koenig
  • 2014 Feature artist and workshop panellist at USQ Bookcase, Toowoomba
  • 2014 Feature Artist at Riverbend Poetry Series ‘China Bull’ with John Koenig
  • 2014 Call-back poet for the month at Speedpoets
  • 2014 Feature artist at ‘Couplet’ at the Brisbane Square Library
  • 2013 Performer at the 21 Queensland Poets show at Poetry Open Words
  • 2013 Feature artist at ‘Whispers’ – at the State Library of Queensland
  • 2013 Guest feature at the Ipswich launch of B.R Dionysius’ ‘Bowra’
  • 2013 SpeedPoets Feature Artist and book launch at the Hideaway
  • 2013 Launch of Confessional Box at Riverbend Books
  • 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival
  • 2012 Launch of Feeding Paper Tigers at Riverbend Books
  • 2011 Riverbend Poetry Series for the Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books
  • 2010 Poetry Month Author Readings at Avid Reader
  • SpeedPoets, first Sunday of the month
  • Nuyorican Open Mic, New York City
  • Winner, 2011 SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships

BOOKS:

  • Brisbane New Voices III – ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’ 2012, Another Lost Shark Press (SOLD OUT)
  • ‘Confessional Box’ 2013, Walleah Press – contact me to order or visit the Walleah Press website.
  • ‘China Bull’ (chapbook), 2015 Work & Tumble (SOLD OUT) – co-authored by John Koenig
  • ‘Tourniquet’ 2018, Walleah Press – contact me to order at page_ve@yahoo.com.au or visit the Walleah Press website.


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