Tamryn is a poet, artist and Director of Red Room Poetry. Her collection phosphene is published by Rabbit Poet Series. A second collection, icaros, is forthcoming with Vagabond Press. She is the recipient of The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship 2018. Tamryn’s poetic projects have been exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her poems, comics and essays have appeared in The Covert Plant, Cordite, Mascara, ImageText and Image [&] Narrative amongst others. She has a PhD in ‘Comics Poetry‘ from the University of New South Wales where she also taught Creative Writing.
Director External Relations
Sally Marwood has a wide range of experience embracing external relations, client and stakeholder relations, development and sponsorship, marketing, corporate communications and art and design projects. Her work has taken her to London as Head of Marketing, Media and Sponsorship for the Design Council, and more recently as Head of External Relations and Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design. Sally also is Artistic Adviser on the Arts on Prescription pilot project in conjunction with Hammondcare and UNSW Medicine.
Manager - Poetic Learning
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and First Nations Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC 2018 award. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her picture books include The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic, 2018) illustrated by Matt Ottley, Our Dreaming ( Scholastic, 2019), illustrated by Dub Leffler and Happy Ever After (Scholastic, 2020). Her poetry collection, Mother, Earth Child, Lover (Magabala Books, 2019) was Highly Commended in the Black&Write! 2018 Prize. Kirli's poem 'A Dance of Hands' was Runner-up in the 2017 Nakata Brophy Prize. Her poetry has also been published by Cordite Poetry Review and Overland. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for 'The Sound of Picture Books'.
Jennine is an artist and arts manager with over 20 years’ experience in creative education. She has a Masters from COFA, UNSW. She founded the Artspace Studio, a creative arts school for young people and was founder/director of The Gallery @ BFS, Australia’s first professional gallery linking children and adult artists. Jennine has presented at conferences nationally and in NZ and Italy and has produced commissioned works (including Joy & Mess 2016) for film, TV and museums. She is convinced that professional creatives have super powers, particularly in the realm of poetic learning and happiness making!
Poetry Object Coordinator
Emma Rose Smith is a writer, editor and arts organiser living on Gadigal land. She is interested in accountability, queerness, mental health, and the politics of representation. She organises the storytelling festival Unspoken Words. By weekend she gardens haphazardly.
Kristy is the Content Manager, resident tea-fiend, and oxford comma enthusiast at Red Room Poetry. Her previous roles have included administration, marketing/communications, and generally accepts that no one is quite sure what she does. She has a BA in Communications, majoring in Writing & Cultural Studies. Kristy is writer and freelance photographer.
Lorin is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Thirroul, who co-founded the Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong and specialises in poetic programming and events.
She has featured at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM, toured the USA poetry slam circuit and self-published an EP called Poems.
In 2017, Lorin featured at Canberra’s Noted Festival, hosted The Rumble Youth Slam at Sydney Writers’ Festival and was a workshop facilitator and panelist for The Stella Prize’s Girls Write Up program in Canberra, Sydney and Wodonga.
Rob Osborne is working with us on the Unlocked prison poetry program. His professional background includes teaching English in the secondary education sector, and Media, Communications and Digital Media Production in the tertiary sector with Corrective Services NSW as the Manager of the Audiovisual Production Unit. Rob was instrumental in developing and introducing the "Unlocked" poetry project and is a passionate believer in poetry's transformational potential. Since leaving a full time role in Corrective Services, Rob has undertaken PhD studies in the area of creative work in prison education.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts at Western Sydney University, majoring in English and Social and Cultural Analysis. She is currently studying a Master of Publishing at the University of Sydney. Melissa also works with Vagabond Press and has a keen interest in editing and publishing alongside exploring her own writing. Among other things she loves live music, casual yoga, and her cats.
Ellie is currently collaborating with Red Room Poetry on her Honours thesis. She has published works of short fiction and poetry but is happy to leave the creativity up to others and focus on her academic writing for now. In her spare time, Ellie enjoys solo hiking, gardening, craft and challenging the status quo.