Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

QPF2017 Poetry of Memoir

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

QPF2017 Distant Voices presents an in-conversation with a pair of writers who have created two of the most exciting memoirs of recent times. Join viral poet and bestselling memoirist Patricia Lockwood (USA), author of Priestdaddy, and acclaimed Australian poet and editor Brentley Frazer, author of Scoundrel Days, as they discuss transcending adolescence and their religious upbringings, the devils and desires that drive us, and how they brought a poet’s eye to their own backstories. Hosted by the Director of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival, Leanne de Souza.

Patricia Lockwood was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, and raised in all the worst cities of the Midwest. She is the author of two poetry collections, Balloon Pop Outlaw Black and Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals, a New York Times Notable Book, and a memoir, Priestdaddy. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, the New Republic and the London Review of Books. Named ‘The Poet Laureate of Twitter” by Rolling Stone, based on her series of  Twitter "sexts" and the Pushcart Prize-winning viral prose poem Rape Joke. She lives in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

Brentley Frazer is a generation X Australian writer. He is the author of six collections of poems, most recently Aboriginal to Nowhere (HeadworX, 2016) and the critically acclaimed nonfiction novel, Scoundrel Days: a memoir (University of Queensland Press 2017). Brentley recently completed a PhD submission and currently lectures in creative writing at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia, where he lives.

Watch Patricia Lockwood 

Watch Brentley Frazer 

Images Caption: 
Patricia Lockwood & Brentley Frazer
Images Credit: Gilimbaa


Event Details

Date & Time

Saturday 26 Aug, 10.00am
Duration: Approx 60min, no interval


Theatre Unreserved Seating
General admission: $15
Age recommendation: 15+ (Mature Themes)



The Australian

If, like I do, you remember the 80s and 90s as times of bohemian excess, you’ll find a lot to enjoy in Frazer’s terrific book.

Elle Magazine

You’ll be wowed by Patricia Lockwood’s darkly profane and poetic memoir Priestdaddy.