Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival
QPF’s night of nights, when poetry shines a light into the darkness of our times. An all-star cast of multi-award-winning voices from across the globe, featuring QPF2017 Indigenous Poet in Residence & winner of the 2017 Windham-Campbell Prize Ali Cobby Eckermann; acclaimed author (Here Come the Dogs), poet & rapper Omar Musa; National Book Award for Poetry winner and New York Times best-selling memoirist Mark Doty (USA); one of Australia's most innovative poets and Stella Prize short-listed author (The Hate Race) Maxine Beneba Clarke; leading Queensland poet and recipient of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry Sarah Holland-Batt; viral-poet and 2017 Sarah Broom Prize winner Hera Lindsay Bird (NZ); and world-renowned Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal, who has played in the likes of Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall, New York.
Omar Musa writes hard, beautiful poems about things that are true.
- Kate Tempest
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a powerful and fearless storyteller.
- Dave Eggers
Why should we read Doty? Because he is the finest American poet of the last twenty years, the most forceful and inventive versifier to appear in print in America since the death of Robert Lowell in 1977.
- New Statesmen
Age recommendation: 15+ (mature themes)
Image caption: Ali Cobby Eckermann, Omar Musa, Mark Doty, Maxine Beneba Clarke, Sarah Holland-Batt
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