Join contemporary Australian poets Hani Abdile, aj carruthers, Eileen Chong and Ali Cobby Eckermann, as they respond to classic Australian poem My Country (‘I Love A Sunburnt Country’) by Dorothea Mackellar with a new poem of their own, broadening the scope of what it means to live in Australia. They will discuss their poems with Toby Fitch. Presented in conjunction with the Australian Poets Festival. 

Eileen Chong (Australian)

Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is an Australian poet of Chinese descent. She was born and raised in Singapore, and came to Australia as an adult migrant. She started writing poetry in 2010, and is the author of eight books published in Australia and the United States. Her work has been shortlisted for numerous prizes, such as the Anne Elder Award, the Australian Arts in Asia Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and twice for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. Her first book, Burning Rice, is the first single-author collection of poetry by an Asian-Australian to be studied as part of the NSW HSC English syllabus. She lives and works on unceded Gadigal land of the Eora Nation.