(last updated Fri 14 Dec 2018)
Am mega-enjoying this year, while still sending my bestie the goofiest selfies ever, and getting good cheer cuddles from the best rescue cat in the world that chose to adopt me.
I love that folks do contact me via FB, IM or through previous engagements to do cool things, and if you’re not one of those folks, feel free to click and be taken to my online contact form here.
You can also get in touch on my EDS FB page, if that’s your jam too.
The serious note is that I minimally edit listings here — it helps me to ‘map out’ the time in my head, with the view that it’ll help jog my memory in case I have to have ECT again…keeping detailed, ordered notes off-line and through online documentation and with task manager apps has helped me a lot, though there are still some years that have…gone. This might also explain any info holes here.
general 2018 works-in-progress / awesome commitments
- continuing to get hugs and be hugged by the best rescue cat in the world ever (yes, I am completely and utterly biased!)
- reviews editor for the Melbourne Spoken Word website
- committee & comms group member for Women’s Melbourne Network (am largely responsible for our Twitter presence)
- Vic beer reviewing for Froth (for overseas pals, that’s the state I live in, in Australia)
- reader for the speculative fiction online mag Syntax & Salt – got to guest edit the poetry-only issue!
- a series of memoir-style essays on retracing my life after voluntary electroconvulsive therapy for The Lifted Brow (online) – just finished the first part which focusses on 2017 and started 2016; it’ll be a group of five (yep 5!) essays called ‘The Five Year Plan’
- a collection of fifteen poems inspired by Elizabeth Allen’s ‘Inpatient (impatient)’ sequence from her collection Present and interested places to send it to!
- a chapbook manuscript with the working title ‘have questions / will answer’, submitted for Subbed In’s chapbook prize (it wasn’t successful but still really proud of myself for getting in a submission! Also, the finalist list is drool-worthy!
- Liminal mag interview!
- a zine collecting the poetry I’ve written for/by/with/spurred on by videogames, it’s called ‘oh, the games p(eo)pl(e) play! if you want to help me work on it, chuck me a few bob for a hot drink on my Patreon?
- a series of women-of-colour-oriented lit nerd classes for Laneway Learning (Melb: TBA)
- Melbourne Spoken Word interview!
- committed to voluntarily writing a review each season (gratis), and getting it published:
- writing a weekly blog post where I read a zine, maybe listen to something while reading, and drink something glorious, of either alcoholic or non-alcoholic nature. So far it’s been all about the tea? Check out the archive here. I’m also working on listing everything so it’s viewable according to:
- (i) week
- (ii) teetotaller-friendly and
- (iii) booze-specific; thought it might be nice to give options to those actively trying to avoid alcohol – would love input/feedback on if that’s useful 🙂
- first WMN bookclub meeting where I co-facilitated with fellow committee member Tara! We did Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness. You can see me pulling the goofiest face in the world here. Janet Mock saw and posted about us too!
- my Bar SK suite of poems on ‘collaboration’ appears in this month’s Writers Victoria (Apr-May) membership mag due to a successful application for a ‘Women Writers of Colour’ commission – you can see the poems/mag here on Instagram
- poetry reading feature (with open mic slots) at Hawthorn Library, happening again in July
- Rebel Stories from Rebel Women 2
- recording a cameo for season 2 of Love and Luck podcast
- Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival – The Big Rabbit Read – Collected Works was packed!
- Freeplay zine intro and workshop facilitation
- later that week, speaking with Rabbit Poetry-mate-and-Pokemon-fan-poet Rory Green here, professionally squeeing about video games generally, and as a tool for self-care in one’s creative practice. I’ll be discussing my Bar SK suite and my Bonfire Park zine-exhibition contrib (Bonfire Park honcho Alex Bennetts is also at Freeplay, whoop whoop!) while they will be talking about their Pokémon poems (the livestream is viewable here; I know this is heaps useful for those who can’t make it to venues/events in terms of accessibility)
- poetry business cards can be a thing, right?
- appearing on Queering the Air – thanks Devana & Iris! have a listen here!
- my first Emerging Writers’ Festival 2018 event! It’s free so you should come! You can also read about me, our chair, and other co-panellist on the EWF blog put together by our producer. See a gorgeous drawing of our power metal women-of-colour trio here. Joyful! <3
- reviewing Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry for Plumwood Mountain using Twine
- bit the bullet and now have a Patreon! Chuck me hot drink monies!
- co-hosting WMN CBD bookclub meeting on Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar – thanks to those who attended <3
- Hawthorn Library poetry reading – which was part of the Boroondara Literary Festival 😮
- participating in a Melbourne Uni workshop about disability and creativity at FCAC
- flying up to Brisbane for a day for the Queensland Poetry Festival‘s programme launch, because of this, yep, it’s happening!
- starting a game collab with Ian MacLarty, ’cause we’re now video game ekphrastic/Freeplay/Bar SK buddies 😀
- radio show interview about having a mental health condition, being on Newstart / Centrelink payments, and what that life is like generally for 3CR’s Accent of Women show (now downloadable/streamable)
- part of a committee focussed on consent and disability for next year’s Midsumma Festival (2019)
- attending an event at FCAC about disability and diversity
- going to the Queensland Poetry Festival as a performer! In two events – Body Opera & KIN
- missing Quippings @ MWF but you should go anyway! (also, I really love that photo of all of us <3) Someone reviewed highlights of QPF for Overland online
- a new job! teaching the kiddos the cool things about creative writing?!
- a poem got accepted into Visible Ink’s ‘Trace’ themed issue
- getting next to no freelance work done thanks to my busted sinuses once I got to Meanjin/Brisbane (to be fair, it’s been a while since I had a sinus infection)
- got a poem accepted by Ibis House @ Subbed In and snuck in a bunch of epic popcult refs
- WMN launched a membership model and we had a party!
- still reviewing a really cool game for LOTL mag once my laptop can actually load games
- finally remembered that I now have a Victorian Women’s Trust profile
- reviewing Claire G. Coleman’s Terra Nullius for ACRAWSA
- reviewing Eileen Chong’s Rainforest for Verity La
- poetry workshoppy stuff! for the Booklovers’ Festival for Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries
- panellist/performing with other female-identifying artists who identify as having a disability. It’s called Not Normal for Melbourne Fringe Festival
- reviewing the Vagabond deciBels 3 series for Rabbit Poetry Journal’s ‘Belonging’ issue
- Boroondara (Hawthorn Library) keep asking me back, so I keep doing a poetry reading slot!
- appearing on Chronically Chilled at 3CR just before Mental Health Awareness Week
- Melbourne Spoken Word ‘Fresh Voices’ feature!
- Digital Writers’ Festival 2018 participation! Check out the events I’m in at my artist profile online.
- Ibis House @ Subbed In published my poem ‘the MFA circlejerk cycle’ so please have a read!
- The Digital Writers’ Festival had a promo podcast, and a few participants revealed lasting encounters about the internet for ‘Aurora Digitalis: Art, Practice, and the Internet‘
- reviewing Shastra Deo’s The Agonist & Manisha Anjali’s Sugar Kane Woman for Mascara
- reviewing Ania Walwicz’s Horse for Cordite
- online panel as part of the Digital Writers’ Festival called ‘Building A World In Binary’ (you can also now listen to ‘Chronic Illness, Disability and Digital Life’)
- my poem ‘Diagnosis, four minutes, something-something seconds’ which I’ll be performing at Not Normal for Melbourne Fringe has been accepted n-SCRIBE mag. Issue 13 launches early this month all around the City of Darebin
- got a copy of the ‘Trace’ issue of Visible Ink mag, which launched in the same week as the latest n-SCRIBE issue (have a poem about The Provincial’s (Fitzroy) chandelier that’s part of a suite I’d nearly given up on)
- my poem ‘Excitonium’ got accepted into an issue of Australian Poetry Journal 😮
- come hear me and other queer poets read our work at ‘Queer Legacies, New Solidarities’