Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians of the sacred lands on which we work. We pay our respects to the people of the Kulin Nations and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, past present and future.

We recognise all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first storytellers; and that knowledge transfer through storytelling is imbedded in the very DNA of this Country.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.


Ari is a proud Nangu and Kuku Yalanji storyteller, poet and overall enjoys exploring in many mediums of self expression. Born and raised in Larrakia Country, they now find themselves down in Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Country, studying at the University of Melbourne in a Bachelor of Arts degree (Indigenous & Gender Studies).

Ari is focused on developing more discourse of how we as Indigenous Peoples, especially as Queer folk, have ways of expressing, embracing, rejecting and grieving love.