Tamryn is a poet and Director of Red Room Poetry. She has a PhD in Literature from the University of New South Wales where she has also taught Creative Writing. She has exhibited poetic projects in Sydney, Melbourne, Switzerland and Mexico. Her collection phosphene is published by the Rabbit Poet Series. Other poems and essays have appeared in Five Bells, Nth Degree, Cordite, The Drunken Boat, ImageText and Image [&] Narrative.
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 Yuin woman with ties to the Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded 'Worker of the Year 2017' at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region. Her first children’s picture book ‘The Incredible Freedom Machines’, illustrated by Matt Ottley is to be released in early 2018. Her second picture book 'Our Dreaming' will be released shortly after. Kirli’s work has been published in the Huffington Post Australia. She was poet in residence at Bundanon Trust for the New Shoots project in 2017. Kirli’s work has also been comissioned for Reconciliation Week Keep Cups and a range of Poetic Learning workshops at Red Room Poetry.
Producer - Poetic Learning
Eunice Andrada is a Filipina poet, journalist, and teaching artist based in Sydney. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International and other media, she has also performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris. Her poems have also appeared in Peril, Verity La, Voiceworks, and Deep Water Literary Review, among others. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. Her first poetry collection is forthcoming in April 2018.
Kristy is the Content Manager, resident tea-lover 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 a fire twirler that dabbles in photography, poetry, and short stories.
Lorin is a spoken word poet 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 2016, Lorin was published in the Going Down Swinging audio anthology and featured at the Red Dirt Poetry Festival, Write Around The Murray and Story-Fest on the Sydney Opera House stage.
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.
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.
Melissa is a recent Arts graduate from Western Sydney Univeristy, she majored in English and Social and Cultural Analysis - and is looking forward to an adventure in postgraduate studies in the coming years. She volunteers at various literary festivals and other events around Sydney, and is delving into the world of performance poetry. Melissa has a keen interest in editing and publishing alongside her own writing. Among other things she loves live music, yoga, and the performing arts.
Nina is a forthcoming Communications graduate from UTS, majoring in Writing and Cultural Studies with a minor in Environmental Studies. A compulsive reader and irredeemable bore on all topics involving sci-fi, Russian literature and climate change, she also delights in haunting pubs while doing the crossword.
Angelene is in her fifth and final year of her Masters of Education (Secondary) course at University of Western Sydney and majors in English and History. Angelene considers herself an aspiring poet, artist and teacher. Her passions in life are being inspired by authors, artists and oh yeah, coffee. She is a wizz in all things Simpsons, and can recite many lines (and shamefully whole songs) from a variety of episodes. You can generally catch her stressing about assignments and university in general, or attempting to crack jokes which are not all that funny.
Ella is a recent graduate of a Communications and International Studies degree at UTS, majoring in Writing & Cultural Studies (Hons) and French. In 2013, she lived in France for a year on exchange. She writes, draws, and translates, and her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Rabbit, UTS Writers' Anthology, and Cordite.