Following its ongoing success as the monthly poetry night at Sappho Books in Glebe, AVANT GAGA returns to Sydney Writers’ Festival. Experience the latest in Australian poetry at this playful gala event, featuring nine established and emerging poets who write and perform in experimental ways: Michael Farrell, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Jane Gibian, Aden Rolfe, Alison Whittaker, Holly Isemonger, Amelia Dale, and Emily Stewart. Hosted by Toby Fitch.

Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australian)

Ali Cobby Eckermann

Ali Cobby Eckermann is a Yankunytjatjara poet whose first collection little bit long time was written in the desert and published in New Poets Series in 2009. Ali has been blessed by her writings receiving much recognition around the world. Ali is the first Aboriginal Australian writer to attend the International Writing Program in Iowa in 2014 and in 2017 Ali received a Windham Campbell Award for Poetry from Yale University USA.

Alison Whittaker (Australian)

Alison Whittaker

Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi poet, essayist and legal scholar. She is a Research Fellow at the Jumbunna Institute. In 2017–18, Alison was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School where she was named Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her second book Blakwork was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her most recent book, Fire Front, is an anthology of, and about, First Nations published poetry.