Published poetry and two successful arts grants

As the title of the post suggests, this has been an exciting month filled with pleasant surprises!

In the way of poetry, my bilingual poem “You’d probablement detest this poème” was published in Issue 2 of the Australian Multilingual Writing Project. The AMWP is a fantastic initiative celebrating and promoting linguistic diversity within the arts in Australia, and I couldn’t be prouder to have had my work featured in their publication.

I was also invited to be a part of this year’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. Seeing as I am based in Canberra and the festival takes place in Melbourne, the organisers arranged for me to take part in a digital event: the ‘Museum of Literary Moments‘. Based around exploring specific times and places through poetry, I was asked to populate a Google Map with a selection of my poems. Other poets then joined in. It was a great concept – very happy to have been involved!

This month also saw my co-conspirator Nancy Jin and I receive some exciting news concerning Cicerone Journal, the literary publication we founded in May 2018. It turns out that we have been awarded both of the grants we applied for: one through YWCA to run writing events around Canberra, and the other through ArtsACT, enabling us to publish a collection of original writing by local authors.

Needless to say, we are thrilled and very much looking forward to getting these projects off the ground now that we have the funding to do so. Many thanks again to YWCA Canberra and ArtsACT: your support is invaluable and we appreciate it enormously!