Tamryn is a poet and artist. Her collection phosphene is published by Rabbit Poet Series. A second collection, icaros, is forthcoming with Vagabond Press. She is the editor of Lîneas en tierra / Lines in land a bilingual collection of Mexican poems published by Australian Poetry. Tamryn's poetic projects have been exhibited and published widely in Australia and internationally. She is a recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship and Australia Council Professional Development Grant. Tamryn 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 and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She leads Poetry in First Languages, delivered by Red Room Poetry. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.
First Nations Project Manager
Lyndsay Urqhuart is a Koori Munkata Yuin woman growing up in the Dharawal community of western Sydney. Passionate about remembering and sharing her cultures with her family and as a teacher of Indigenous arts, Lyndsay is a public education guide. As a practising Indigenous oral historian, Lyndsay works as a documentary filmmaker as a way of preserving and sharing important information and perspectives. Lyndsay works as a curator and as a multidisciplinary artist in the area of communications, so as to share and help educate communities about the world’s oldest continuing cultures.
First Nations Project Manager
Ethan is a Wallabalooa man from the Ngunawal Nation. He is an emerging artist and student based in Campbelltown, Sydney. Ethan's practice is storytelling, drawing from his love of hip-hop. Ethan writes poetry in hopes to give insight into his life.
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
Marketing and Communications Manager
Amelia Theodorakis is a writer and digital communications specialist from Melbourne. She completed an Associate Degree of Professional Writing and Editing from RMIT in 2015. 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. Her feature articles have been published in The Saturday Paper, Meanjin Quarterly and online for YourLifeChoices, among others.