A week after her 41st birthday, Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive breast cancer. Her intellectually exhilarating memoir, The Undying, recounts the fear and suffering that cancer brings, and explores the experience of illness mediated by digital screens. The Undying considers the ecological costs of chemotherapy and the many little murders of capitalism. Anne joins a long line of literary women writing about mortality, including Kathy Acker, Audre Lorde and Susan Sontag. The award-winning poet and essayist meets Sally Warhaft to discuss her genre-bending, profoundly humane memoir.

Anne Boyer (International)

Anne Boyer

Anne Boyer is a poet and essayist. Her books include Garments Against Women, A Handbook of Disappointed Fate and The Undying, a memoir about cancer and care. Her honours include the 2018 Cy Twombly Award for Poetry from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a 2018 Whiting Award, the 2018–2019 Judith E. Wilson poetry fellowship at the University of Cambridge, and the 2016 CLMP Firecracker Award for Garments Against Women. Anne is an Assistant Professor of the Liberal Arts at the Kansas City Art Institute.

Sally Warhaft (Australian)

Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and interviewer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, The Fifth Estate. She is a former editor of The Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia. Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology.