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Yvette Holt

Brisbane born Yvette Henry Holt heralds from the Bidjara, Yiman and Wakaman Nations of Queensland. A multi-award-winning poet, academic, editor, national facilitator of First Nations literature, and social landscape photographer, Yvette has lived and worked in the greater region of the Australian Central Deserts for some fourteen years. Chairperson of FNAWN First Nations Writers Network, National Board Director of AP Australian Poetry, and an Advisory Member to the Roderick Centre for Australian Literature and Creative Writing.

Yvette’s second collection of confessional poetry titled Fitzroy North 3068 will be published by Upswell Publishing in late 2024 for an early 2025 release. Fitzroy North 3068 follows the psychoanalytical, spiritual, creative footsteps of Yvette with her comings and goings from the inner-city suburbs of Melbourne. Themes of analysis, psychogeographical poetry, knocking on the door of the subconscious and social observations will be prominent within the collection.