Strange Cargo: Poetry Reading by UK, US and Australian Poets


Paul Munden, NAWE

Cassandra Atherton, Deakin University

Paul Hetherington, University of Canberra

Jen Webb, University of Canberra

Katharine Coles, University of Utah

Sarah Holland-Batt, Queensland University of Technology

In this reading, poets from three continents will present a selection of their most celebrated and most recent work.

The reading coincides with the publication of a new anthology, Strange Cargo: Five Australian poets (Smith|Doorstop, 2017). The publication represents an important partnership between UK publisher, Smith|Doorstop, and the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI), based in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

The editor, Paul Munden, will be joined by US poet Katharine Coles, Utah Poet Laureate from 2006-20012, and four of the Australian poets featured in the anthology: Cassandra Atherton, an internationally renowned prose poet; Paul Hetherington, winner of the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Poetry; Sarah Holland-Batt, winner of the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry; and Jen Webb, editor for the Australian Book Review’s ‘States of Poetry’ annual anthology.

Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning writer, academic and critic. She is a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English in 2016.

Sarah Holland-Batt is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at QUT (Australia). Her second book, The Hazards (UQP, 2015) was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. She is editor of The Best Australian Poems 2017 (Black Inc.).

Paul Hetherington is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra.

Paul Munden is Director of NAWE and Program Manager for the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI).

Jen Webb is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice at the University of Canberra, and Director of the CCCR.

Katharine Coles is a Professor at the University of Utah.

Thursday 6th July, 12.30