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Yvette Holt

National multi-award winning poet, academic, comedienne – Yvette Henry Holt heralds from the Yiman, Wakaman and Bidjara Nations’ of Queensland. A Human Rights Award Recipient (University of Technology, Sydney). In 2005 Yvette was awarded the Queensland Premier’s Literary David Unaipon Award for an untitled manuscript, her first publication titled anonymous premonition (UQP), an echoing universal collection of poetry and stories ceded amongst memories and dreams celebrating childhood, social justice, feminism, motherhood, reflective loss, womanhood and love. Publications of her poetic lyricism from anonymous premonition have since been published and translated into Mapuche Chile, Mandarin Chinese and French.

National Indigenous women’s leadership and wellbeing, mentoring Indigenous Australian writers (in particular youth) for the Fred Hollows See My World literary project, Brisbane Elders digital storytelling State Library Queensland, Director of the National Indigenous Writer’s & Education Conferences (Charles Darwin University 2010, University of Wollongong 2011), Aboriginal health literacy, former regular columnist for the National Indigenous Times, facilitating editorial workshops throughout the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, lecturer of Aboriginal Women’s Studies (UQ), Australian Indigenous Studies (ACU), Diploma of Indigenous Creative Writing (Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University), Researcher of Black Words at the AustLit: Resource for Australian Literature (UQ) are amongst a few of the esteemed roles and projects which Yvette has contributed towards spanning over a distance of fifteen years.

Eight years later, and completely immersed into the ancient spinifex laden artisan landscape of the Central Australian Deserts, Yvette continues to live and write in Alice Springs, working across some thirty-four remote Aboriginal communities including the boarders of Western Australia, South Australia and surrounding Central Australian communities. Currently Yvette is working on combining her passion for social justice and inquiring presence into rainbow comedy, inciting the medium of Aboriginal humour into a complete and utterly politically incorrect one-queer-woman-show titled, Holt Who Goes There? – which she has successfully trialled across comedy venues in Brisbane and Alice Springs since 2014.

Contemporary Australian Poetry: Puncher & Wattmann, 2017
Brisbane Interactive Poetry Map, Queensland Poetry Festival, 2017
Mascara Literary Review: Vol. 8, 2010
Fred Hollows, ‘See My World’ Writings: by Young Indigenous Australians: NTWC, 2010
The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry: Puncher and Wattmann, 2009
女人Poetry Macao: Vol. 3, 2009 Fires Rumoured about the City: Fourteen Australian Poets Macao : Association of Stories in Macao, 六十秒之内 Iris Fan Xing (translator)
Anonymous Premonition: University of Queensland Press, 2008
Espejo De Tierra / Earth Mirror : Mapuche Chile, Chilean Embassy, Australia, 2008  Juan Garrido Salgado (translator)
Australian Women’s Book Review: Vol. 20, 2008
Foam:e 4, 2007
Hecate : Vol. 33, 2007
Slit Magazine: Vol. 11, 2007
Meanjin: Vol. 65, 2006
Hidden Desires, Australian Women Writing: Ginninderra Press, 2006
Slit Magazine: Vol. 10, 2006
Incommunicado : Uncommon Book_Map, Tales from Across the Empire : Express Media, 2006

Queensland Premier’s Literary David Unaipon Award – 2005
Scanlon Prize for Poetry NSW – 2008
Victorian Premier’s Literary for Indigenous Writing – 2008
Kate Challis RAKA Award – 2010




  • Yvette Holt reads 'yeperenye notes'