Gayelene Carbis

Gayelene Carbis is an award-winning writer of poetry, prose and plays. Her first book of poetry, Anecdotal Evidence (Five Islands Press) was Finalist in the 2019 International Book Awards for Poetry, sponsored by American Book Fest. Other recent shortlistings/prizes include: MPU International Poetry Prize; Best Small Fiction; My Brother Jack Poetry and Short Story Prizes (awarded Third Prizes); ABR, The Age and various short story, poetry, short film/playwriting awards. She has read her work in Melbourne and overseas; and teaches Creative Writing at various universities, and English as an Additional Language (EAL) at ACU and Fitzroy Learning Network.

2023 Queensland Poetry Val Vallis Award Winners

Without prior consultation, this poem rose to the top of each of our shortlists; it was unquestionably our winner.

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What We’re Not Going To Talk About

I. Mother The tv is too loud for me to talk over the top of after a day of teaching but it is a vexation to my mother’s spirit if I ask her to turn it off. Or even down. …

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What I Saw

I didn’t see the helicopter hovering didn’t see it had stopped didn’t see the police at the end of the pier or the small boat in the sea didn’t see one policewoman stood there for a reason a barrier to …

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