Leane wins 2019 Red Room Poetry fellowship
Wiradjuri poet and writer Jeanine Leane has won the 2019 Red Room Poetry Fellowship.
Chosen from a shortlist of 11 poets, Leane receives a $5000 stipend, a $1000 commission to create a number of poems inspired by an existing Red Room project, a two-week residency at Bundanon Trust, the option to present a public address and the opportunity to present up to three paid poetry workshops.
Red Room will also commission poems from the other 10 shortlisted poets.
The judges said: ‘Jeanine Leane’s poetic project stood out in its incisive clarity and integrity as well as its cultural and political resonance … Her proposed work is indicative of the power of poetry as both a creative and analytic tool for the decolonising of Australia, and of the contemporary importance of Aboriginal memory, story, and history.’
Red Room Poetry established the fellowship in 2017 to ‘foster poetic and professional development of an individual within the wider poetic community’.
The late poet and performer Candy Royalle won last year’s Red Room Poetry fellowship.
For more information, visit the Red Room Poetry website.