- Third place, Ballina Region for Refugees Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize (2021)
- Four Centres’ Emerging Writers Program, WAPI (2021-2023)
- Emerging Writer Development Program, Westerly (2021)
- To The Front Playwright Program, Static Drive and Blue Room Theatre (2021)
- Inclusion Matters Fellowship, Centre for Stories (2019-2020)
- “How do they rest”, Ballina Region for Refugees Seeking Asylum Poetry Prize poetry feature, Social Alternatives Journal (2021)
- “Fractals of Domestic Violence”, Westerly (2021)
- Reflections as a Westerly Writing Development Program Fellow (2021)
- Literary reviews, Fremantle Press (2021)
- Literary reviews, University of Queensland Press (2021)
- Live art and cultural events reviews, ArtsHub (2021)
- Critical essay: “Racism: Stories on fear, hate and bigotry”. (2021) Mascara Literary Review.
- Untitled, Archer, (2021)
- “Women and neoliberal economic development” – Voices from the Darker Side of Development [academic] (2021)
- “Revisiting the harm and consequence of development” – Voices from the Darker Side of Development [academic] (TBA)
- Keynote panel – LGBTQ+ and Literacy, TBA
- Featured writer-speaker, Bi+ writers on resisting colonialist processes, Stand Bi Us Forum 2021
- Feature Poet, OUTSpoken, Perth Poetry Festival, 17 September 2021
- Poetry, Duck & Dash for AYLA fundraiser, 22 June 2021
- State Library of WA Writing Group, invited session host
- Breaking the Glass Slipper, 22 August 2020
- All performing writers and hosting staff volunteered. Thank you to to the generous hosting venue Centre for Stories. 100% of ticket sales went to the Kadjin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Arts Network.
- Through the Looking Glass, 20 June 2020
Electronic / Print:
- “Interview with Emily Sun: A vociferous invitation to exist” – Portside Review (July, 2021)
- “Yours or other”, Soft Borders, Hard Edges, 5.1, [poem] (print and digital, 2021)
- “Not a girl to be picked on”, Soft Borders, Hard Edges, 5.1, [poem] (print and digital, 2021)
- “Things left unsaid”, Soft Borders, Hard Edges, 5.1, [poem] (print and digital, 2021)
- “Transphobia and the Domestic and Family Violence Field”, Archer, (May, 2021)
- Live arts and culture events reviews, FRINGE WORLD, (2021)
- Feminist Writers Festival, interviews with Australian authors, (April, 2020 – April, 2021)
- Feminist Writers Festival, reviews (February, 2020 – April, 2021)
- “Known”, Bent St, Volume 4.2, [poem] (print and digital, November, 2020)
- “Fiercely Independent”, Bent St, Volume 4.2, [poem] (print and digital, November, 2020)
- “Secret Pockets” – To Hold the Clouds [narrative non-fiction] [anthology of prose and poetry] (November, 2020)
- “Visible Witness” – Journal [narrative non-fiction] (digital, October 2020)
- “V for Vulnerable” – Westerly [non-fiction] (print and digital, July 2020)
- WA Poets Inc Perth Poetry Festival – World Poetry Day [poem] (March, 2020)
- “The nail that sticks out gets hammered in” [review of “Growing up queer in Australia”. Edited by Benjamin Law] Singapore Review of Books (December 2019)
- “#CBD” – Bent St, Volume 3 [poem] (print and digital, November, 2019)
- Perth Culture [reviews of live events, art exhibitions, and performance arts]
- Emergent Arts, A Case for a Perth-based Asia-Pacific Arts Festival, 2014 [non-fiction contribution]
- Brillig, [prose] (print, Volume 1995)
- Brillig, [prose; poem] (print, Volume 1997)
- Content creation for clients and projects including: Feminist Writers Festival, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, Regional Arts Australia Summit, Regional Arts WA, Australian Theatre for Young People, Women’s Community Health Network WA, Leadership Western Australia, Department of Communities, City of Subiaco, United Nations for Sustainable Development Goals 2020, and others
- Flora’s Salon
- Co-host and facilitator
- TIME: 5:30-6:45pm
- WHEN: Every third Wednesday of the month
- WHERE: The Nook, Subiaco Library, 237 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
- Sunday Writing at WA State Library 2020
- Guest host and facilitator
- SFF (Science fiction, fantasy, spec fic) Collective 2020
- Guest co-faciltator
- Playwright collective
- Fremantle Press
- Emerging authors, particularly disabled and/or LGBTIQA+
- Arts and cultural events/experiences
- Sensitivity reading
- disability and chronic illness, queer, human rights
Creating in the age of a global pandemic
Many of my typical avenues for paid work have greatly diminished due to evolving and dynamic chronic illnesses and disabilities. This has been exacerbated by the many impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Major Works In Progress
I am currently researching and developing two major non-fiction works:
- A collection of women’s stories, exploring their defining moments, challenging the definition of success, and celebrating the ways in which they have and continue to leave a mark on those around them. Women (including trans and femmes), GNC, NB, iand intersex people continue to hold up half the sky but their stories do not fill half our shelves or half the pages we read. Excerpts from interviews and conversations will be featured in the podcast.
- A challenge of the paradigm we utilise to respond to (and seek to prevent and reduce) family, domestic, and gendered violence in Australia and the ways in which it fails to appropriately encompass cultural safety and intersectional risks, needs, and experiences of First Nations’ and Indigenous Peoples, people of colour, LGBTIQA+ people, people with disability and people whose experiences are moderated by remoteness/rurality/visa status.
I am developing a collection of short stories inspired by fairy-tale and mythology to explore dark themes and the edges of our potential for different ways forward.
My poetry plays with form, imagery, and lyricism to explore and challenge definitions, identity, and existence.
My visual art practice incorporates the underlying philosophy of wabisabi and melding of traditional and contemporary methods, recognising that we all straddle multiple ways and worlds, not just those of us consigned to the obvious membership of cultural diaspora. I challenge the idea that cracks, fragility, visibility of broken history are synonymous with lesser beauty or value. Much like trauma, mistakes and difficult experiences, these form our valuable and idiosyncratic stories and inform our present and future potential.