We could all do with getting bent sometimes. The Big Bent Poetry Reading features seven poets exploring all kinds of gender and queerness. Toby Fitch hosts Yrsa Daley-Ward, Quinn Eades, Omar Sakr, Pam Brown, Allison Gallagher, Chris Edwards and joanne burns.

Presented with Australian Poetry.

Yrsa Daley-Ward is supported by the British Council.

Yrsa Daley-Ward (International)

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Yrsa Daley-Ward is a writer, LGBTQI activist and poet of West Indian and West African heritage. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Nigerian father, Yrsa was raised by her devout Seventh Day Adventist grandparents in the small town of Chorley in the North of England. She initially self-published her debut poetry collection bone in 2014. bone is a poignant collection of poems about the heart, life, and the inner self, examining the alchemy between mind and body, with subjects ranging from hunger, trauma, desire, race and sexuality. Her next book is called The Terrible.

Quinn Eades (Australian)

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Quinn Eades is a researcher, writer, and award-winning poet whose work lies at the nexus of feminist, queer and trans theories of the body, autobiography, and philosophy. Eades is published nationally and internationally, and is the author of all the beginnings: a queer autobiography of the body and Rallying. Eades is the winner of the 2017 Arts Queensland XYZ Award for Innovation in Spoken Word, and he is currently working on a book-length collection of fragments written from the transitioning body, titled Transpositions.

Pam Brown (Australian)

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Pam Brown has published multiple chapbooks and over fifteen full collections of poetry, most recently Missing up and Click here for what we do. Pam has earned a living in a range of occupations and has been writing, collaborating, editing and publishing in diverse modes both locally and internationally for over four decades.

Allison Gallagher (Australian)

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Allison Gallagher is a writer and poet currently living and working on Gadigal land. Their debut chapbook, Parenthetical Bodies, was released in 2017. Their poetry has been published by the likes of Overland and Scum Mag, while other writing has been published by The Guardian, Southerly and Overland. They also sing and play bass in the indie-pop band Sports Bra.

Chris Edwards (Australian)

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Chris Edwards lives in Sydney, where he works as an editor, typographer and graphic designer. His poetry is often collage-based, built around the ‘queering’ of borrowed words and phrases; he is also the author of mistranslations (homophonous renditions) of Mallarmé and Rilke. His books include People of Earth, After Naptime and O Sonata.

joanne burns (Australian)

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joanne burns is a Sydney poet. Her most recent poetry collection brush won the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. She is working towards a new collection, as well as assembling a selected volume of her work.

Omar Sakr (Australian)

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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet whose work has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish. His poetry has or will soon feature in Griffith Review, Meanjin, Island, Overland, The New Arab, Mizna, Antic, and Circulo de Poesia. He has been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 and Contemporary Australian Poetry, and his debut collection These Wild Houses was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe award. He is the Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow.

Toby Fitch (Australian)

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Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for Australian Poetry Festival and the Sappho Books Poetry Reading Series. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau. He is also an editor, researcher and a teacher of creative writing.