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Trans Bodies, Trans Lives

May 4, 2022 @ 2:30 pm AEST


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Rae White

Rae White

Rae White is a non-binary transgender writer, educator and zine maker. Their poetry collection Milk Teeth (University of Queensland Press) won 2017 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was shortlisted for 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Rae’s second poetry collection, Exactly As I Am, will be published by UQP in 2022.

Rae is represented by Danielle Binks at Jacinta di Mase Management.

Rae is the editor of #EnbyLife, a journal for non-binary and gender diverse creatives. They are the Events and Marketing Manager at Queensland Poetry.

Rae recently completed a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for their YA verse manuscript Welcome Home.

Rae’s poem ‘The last tourist’ won Highest Queensland Entry in 2020 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. Their poem ‘who, what, why, where’ was shortlisted for 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Awards. Rae’s poem ‘hussshhh’ won Highest Queensland Entry in 2019 XYZ Prize for Innovation in Spoken Word. And their poem ‘what even r u?’ placed second in 2017 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

Rae’s short story The Body Remembers placed second in 2019 Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction.

Rae’s poetry has been published in Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Meanjin Quarterly, Overland, Rabbit and others.

Rae holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative Writing Production) from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and previously worked at 4ZZZ community radio as an on-air announcer.

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin

Nevo Zisin (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Jewish writer, performer, activist and public speaker based in Naarm/ Melbourne. They run workshops in schools and professional development trainings in workplaces around transgender identities. Author of award-winning Finding Nevo (2017), a memoir on gender transition and The Pronoun Lowdown (2021) a useful guidebook on all things related to pronouns.

Their work has appeared in The Saturday PaperNGV MagazineArcher MagazineJunkeeKindred: A Queer Australian Young Adult AnthologySBSHack Live and The Morning Show amongst others.

They are a mentor for The Pinnacle Foundation, one of Out for Australia’s 30 Under 30 for 2019, an ambassador for both Wear It Purple and the Victorian Pride Centre as well as a member of the Gender Euphoria cast – Australia’s largest all trans & gender diverse show on a main stage.

Yves Rees

Yves Rees

Dr Yves Rees (they/them) is a writer and historian based on unceded Wurundjeri land. They are a Lecturer in History at La Trobe University, the co-host of Archive Fever history podcast, and the author of All About Yves: Notes from a Transition (Allen & Unwin, 2021). Rees was awarded the 2020 ABR Calibre Essay Prize and a 2021 Varuna Residential Fellowship. Their writing has featured in the Guardian, The Age, Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Meanjin and Overland, among other publications.

essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Wehi Wehi, Ngāti Raukawa, Te Arawa, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāti Pukeko, Ngāti Takatāpui, Na Guinnich) is a poet who lives on Ngāti Wairere whenua in Aotearoa. They have a great love for language, LAND BACK and hot chips. Their first book of poetry ransack (VUP) was published in 2019. Echidna is their second book published by the newly renamed Te Herenga Waka University press. They will write until they’re dead. (they/ia).


May 4, 2022
2:30 pm AEST
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Brisbane Writers Festival
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