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 2018 Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and Australia Council Professional Development Grant. Tamryn’s poetic projects have been exhibited in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her poems, comics and essays have appeared in Covert Plants, The MInd of Plants, Cordite, ImageText and Image [&] Narrative amongst others. She has a PhD 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, fundraising, corporate communications and art, design and placemaking projects. Her work has taken her to UK’s Design Council as Head of Marketing, Media and Sponsorship, as Sydney Olympic Games City of Sydney designer and more recently as Lecturer at UTS, UNSW Art & Design and Design Centre Enmore. Sally has collaborated on an academic research pilot program entitled Arts on Prescription and is on the Management Committee of the NSW Windmill Trust Regional Art Prize.
Senior Project Manager
David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize finalist and forms the spine of his next Australia Council funded collection CASE NOTES. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17) and is the Co-Editor of Verity La’s SLOT MACHINE, Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 SPOKEN, and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy. These days he lives between the stage and the page.
Senior Project Manager
Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Annie) was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland and has worked within the arts since 2005. Of Māori and Scottish, English and Irish descent, her tribal affiliations are Ngāpuhi and Te Rarawa in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand. She has directed several festivals, most recently having Co-Directed the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-217). She studied a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Drama and Literature and won several short play awards as a Theatre Director. Her poems and short essays have appeared in Cordite, Australian Poetry Journal, Fast Fibres Poetry, a fine line and Sport amongst others. She is the Co-Editor of Verity La’s Slot Machine and Discoursing Diaspora streams and she is the Co-Editor of Solid Air, the first-ever Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word Anthology (UQP 2019).
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'.
Poetry Object Producer
Emma Rose Smith is a writer, editor, educator and arts organiser living on Gadigal & Wangal land. She is interested in accountability, queerness, mental health, and the politics of representation. Beyond her role at Red Room Poetry, she directs Unspoken Words Storytelling (artist collective and festival), and co-produces Word in Hand (poetry and performance night).
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.Read more
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.
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Amelia Theodorakis is a writer and digital content specialist hailing from Melbourne. She completed an Associate Degree in Proessional Writing and Editing from RMIT in 2015 and in 2017 she invited to undertake a Poet’s Fellowship at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing in Massachusetts. When she is not working for Red Room Poetry, Amelia writes features and provides digital communication management for She Mentors, a women's mentoring organisation in Melbourne. Amelia also writes poetry. Her poems have appeared in Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal and Cordite, among others. Her poem ‘Watching for Bats Without You’ was Highly Commended in the WB Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.