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This session explores Woven, a poetry anthology that holds the voices of 30 First Nations peoples collaborating to write other worlds. With Anahera Gildea, essa may ranapiri, Evelyn Araluen, Raelee Lancaster and moderated by Jeanine Leane.


Anahera Gildea

Anahera Maire Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is a writer and artivist. She has worked extensively as a visual and performing artist, writer, and teacher. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she has been an award finalist for both her poetry and short stories. Anahera has won the Huia Best Novel Extract in…

essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri (Ngaati Raukawa, Te Arawa, Ngaati Puukeko, Clan Gunn, Horwood) is a poet/person/uri/thing who lives on Ngaati Wairere whenua. they are the winner of the Janet Frame Poetry Prize for 2023 and the inaugural Keri Hulme Award. author of the books ransack and ECHIDNA. co-editor of the journal Kupu Toi Takataapui with Michelle…

Evelyn Araluen

Evelyn Araluen is a Goorie and Koori poet, researcher and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal. Her Stella-prize winning poetry collection DROPBEAR was published by UQP in 2021. She lectures in Literature and Creative Writing at Deakin University.

Raelee Lancaster

Raelee Lancaster is an award-winning writer and library professional. Her writing crosses poetry, nonfiction, criticism, and playwriting. Raelee hopes to combine her writing with her career in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sector to promote empathy, listening, and laughter. Raised on Awabakal land, she is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi people.

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her poetry, short stories, critique, and essays have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness,…