Award-winning poet Sara Saleh (Wasting the Milk in the Summer), who recently won the Peter Porter Poetry Prize – one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry honours – reveals the techniques behind writing and performing poetry with power.

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Sara Saleh (Australian)

Sara Saleh

Sara M. Saleh is an Arab-Australian human rights activist, community organiser, and campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice. An award-winning poet and writer, her pieces have been published in English and Arabic in various national and international outlets and anthologies. She is co-editor of the 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity. Recently awarded the Australian Book Review’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, she is currently developing her first novel as a recipient of the inaugural Affirm Press Mentorship for Sweatshop Western Sydney.