Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts

QPF2017 Viral Verse

Presented by Queensland Poetry Festival

QPF2017 Distant Voices presents the best of today’s viral verse. Fusing writing, technology and pop culture, a new generation is taking poetry beyond the bookstore. Join three leading lights of the online and social media poetry revolution as they read for you live beyond the screen: Button Poetry’s Co-Founder and two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra De Mulder (USA); award-winning NZ poet Hera Lindsay Bird whose self-titled collection of poetry became an instant bestseller when her poems Keats is Dead So Fuck Me From Behind and Monica (after Monica Geller from Friends) went viral; and acclaimed USA author Patricia Lockwood, dubbed by Rolling Stone as ‘The poet Laureate of Twitter’ based on her series of Twitter "sexts" and the Pushcart Prize-winning viral prose poem Rape Joke.

Watch Sierra De Mulder 

Watch Hera Lindsay Bird 

Watch Patricia Lockwood 

Images Caption: Hera Lindsay Bird, Patricia Lockwood, Sierra De Mulder
Images Credit: Gilimbaa



Event Details

Date & Time

Sun 27 Aug, 4.30pm
Duration: Approx 60min (no interval)


Cabaret & Theatre Unreserved Seating
General admission: $15
Age recommendation: Children 12+ (if accompanied by an adult)




Write Bloody

De Mulder is a clear voice of her generation.

Kill Your Darlings

Bird uses the languages of both high and low culture.


The Guardian

Lockwood casually reawakened a generation's interest in poetry.