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Harvey and Whittaker announced as poets in residence for QPF 2018

The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) has announced two poets in residence for the 2018 festival: African-American poet Yona Harvey and Gomeroi poet Alison Whittaker.

Harvey is a poet, literary artist and contributing writer to Marvel Comics’ bestselling Black Panther series—and she is one of the first black women to have written for Marvel. Whittaker, a poet and law scholar, is the author of Lemons in the Chicken Wire and a forthcoming collection of essays, short fiction and poetry called blakwork (both Magabala). Both poets will host workshops, deliver readings and take part in panel discussions at the 2018 festival.

QPF invites one international poet and one Indigenous Australian poet to be poets in residence at the festival each year. The Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence program has hosted international guests at QPF for more than a decade, while the Indigenous Poet-in-Residence program is now in its third year.

The full schedule of events for both poets will be announced at the QPF program launch on 19 July.

QPF will take place in Brisbane from 23-26 August, with satellite events also occurring throughout regional Queensland. For more information about the residencies and the festival, see the website.

 

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