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Susie Anderson

Susie Anderson is a proud Wergaia & Wemba Wemba woman from Western Victoria. A writer of poetry and nonfiction, her work reflects on the hidden layers of visual arts practice, Country, memory and place.

In 2010 Susie became part of the Editorial Committee of Voiceworks Magazine, where she developed and honed her poetry practice. Over the past ten years she has been published, awarded or in residence at: Rabbit Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Suburban Review, Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship, Overland Literary Journal’s Nakata Brophy Poetry prize, Portside Review, Archer Magazine, Bundanon Trust.

Susie’s writing spans many forms and an interview with her younger sister published in Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia was included in the VCE curriculum in 2018. She interviewed MCA Australia curators in The National publication in 2019, and Aboriginal artists such as Yhonnie Scarce and Fiona Foley for the magazine Artist Profile.

Her approach to arts writing peels back layers from a First Nations perspective, calling attention to the colonial mechanisms that influence our gaze on artwork, intertwining thoughts about place, memory and love. She has been published in Artist Profile magazine, Artlink, un magazine, FirstDraft Gallery Sydney, and recently for an international publication in Exeter, UK as part of the UNESCO City of Literature initiatives and in NGV’s publication for Melbourne Now.

Susie’s poetry manuscript The Body Country won a State Library of Queensland Black&Write Fellowship in 2021 and was published with Hachette in 2023.