Thursday, 2 July, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)

Susan Hawthorne with Merlinda Bobis, berni jansson, Robyn Rowland, Patricia Sykes and Lizz Murphy

Sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the ASAL2020 Poetry Reading Series will bring together poets from across the country for four nights of virtual readings. Zoom links will be made available 24 hours before each event. To receive the links for these events, please register for the Poetry Reading Series at the ASAL2020 conference website:

Dr Susan Hawthorne co-founded Spinifex Press with Renate Klein in 1991. From 2012 to 2016 she was elected the English Language Co-ordinator of the International Alliance of Independent Publishers, based in Paris. She is the author/editor of 27 books including Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing which has been translated into Arabic, French, Spanish, German and Czech languages and available in 20 territories across Africa, The Middle East, Latin America and Europe. She is also a novelist and poet; her most recent books in these areas are Dark Matters: A Novel (2017) and The Sacking of the Muses (2019). She has taught creative writing and publishing studies at Victoria University and James Cook University supervising MAs and PhDs. She is Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at JCU, Townsville. She has won a number of awards for writing and publishing.

Robyn Rowland has 14 books, 11 of poetry, most recently Under This Saffron Sun – Safran Güneşin Altında, Turkish translations by Mehmet Ali Çelikel, (Knocknarone Press, Ireland, 2019); Mosaics from the Map,Doire Press, Ireland (2018) and This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915, Turkish translations by Mehmet Ali Çelikel, (FIP, Australia; Bilge Kultur Sanat, 2015; Spinifex Press, 2018) Her poetry appears in national/international journals, over forty anthologies, eight editions of Best Australian Poems. Her work can be viewed on film at the National Irish Poetry Reading Archive, James Joyce Library, UCD, available on YouTube.

Lizz Murphy writes between Binalong NSW and Canberra ACT. Lizz has published thirteen books. Her eight poetry titles include: Shebird and Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress), Walk the Wildly (Picaro/Ginninderra), Stop Your Cryin (Island Press), Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex Press). Spinifex Press also published her best-known anthology Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective. She is published in numerous anthologies and journals in Australia and overseas. Lizz is a former Canberra Times Poetry Editor, has worked in regional arts development, arts and publishing. She blogs at A Poet’s Slant

Award-winning writer Merlinda Bobis has 4 novels, 6 poetry books, a collection of short stories and 9 dramatic works, some of which she performed for stage and radio. She has also published various scholarly papers. Her themes include borders and difference, women and girls, geopolitics and environment, war and memory, migration, and the poetics and politics of care. Her novel, Locust Girl. A Lovesong, received the 2016 Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the Philippine National Book Award. Her latest poetry collection, Accidents of Composition, was Highly Commended for the 2018 ACT Book of the Year.

berni m janssen is a poet, in the sense of the early Greek word poiein, ‘maker’. She is a text artist, performer, Creative Director, and facilitator who works solo, and with other artists (sonic, visual, text, performance) to make art. This work appears in many different places and spaces including performance, books, online.

Patricia Sykes is an award-winning poet and a librettist. Her collaborations with composer Liza Lim have been performed in Australia, the UK, Germany, Moscow, Paris and New York. She was Asialink writer in Residence, Malaysia 2006. Her most recent collection is Among the Gone of It, English/Chinese, Flying Island Books, 2017. A song cycle by Andrew Aronowicz, based on her collection The Abbotsord Mysteries (Spinifex Press, 2011)premiered in May 2019. A podcast is forthcoming.