Kaya Ortiz

Kaya Ortiz is an emerging writer and poet from the southern islands of Mindanao and lutruwita/Tasmania. A queer woman of colour, she is interested in histories, identity, heritage and language. Her poetry has appeared in Scum, Peril, Westerly and the 2020 Affirm Press anthology After Australia, among others. Kaya currently lives in Boorloo/Perth.

Naming Ceremony

i am named for the rain / in the old tongue / i am named for the river / on my great-grandfather’s land / i was plucked from the soil / like a seed brown and sprouting / in the …

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Only Heaven

Hozier playing when we climbed into the backseat of my car parked by the oval on Gay St – your idea, we laughed and perhaps I am naive for not seeing it coming, for missing it, turning to shut the …

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