INTERVIEWS

An image of Joyelle McSweeney smiling.

‘Energy is Art’s force’: Dan Disney in Conversation with Joyelle McSweeney

‘In a station of the vortex pick me up and hurl me’ writes Joyelle McSweeney in the poem ‘Oocyte’, appearing in their celebrated collection Toxicon and Arachne (Nightboat Books, 2020). In this heady exchange of ideas, the author of ten books (poetry, fiction, drama, non-fiction, translation) reveals a formidable erudition swirls through the heartlands of their elemental writing.

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A photograph of Indigo Perry and Dani Netherclift's brother and father.

‘It’s no gift to have this kind of knowledge’: Indigo Perry in conversation with Dani Netherclift

Indigo Perry and Dani Netherclift are sisters living and writing in Victoria. Their father and older brother both drowned in an irrigation channel in 1993. Below is a conversation about the ways that this tragedy has shaped their creative practices both singularly and in dialogue with each other’s work.

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‘Revolt and remembrance’: Joel Scott in conversation with Don Mee Choi

I’ve known Don Mee Choi now for more than 10 years. I got to know her work as a poet and a translator simultaneously, through her first book of poems, The Morning News is Exciting, and her first book-length translation of the work of Kim Hyesoon, Mommy Must Be a Fountain of Feathers.

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‘Thinking is not a problem’: Alice Allan Interviews Antonia Pont

Antonia Pont’s debut collection of poetry, You Will Not Know in Advance What You’ll Feel came out with the Rabbit Poets Series at the end of 2019.

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‘We’re masters at taking the way we speak and communicate’: L-FRESH The LION in Conversation with Simone Amelia Jordan

The first song I wrote was called ‘The Beat’. It went like ‘do you ever feel the beat when you’re walking down the street?’

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Lunchtime Variations: Dominic Symes Interviews Peter Bakowski and Ken Bolton

I became interested in how Ken and Peter worked with one another, with an eye to discovering the conditions which allow poetic collaborations to remain fresh and full of humour, in the same way people examine the diets of people in Blue Zones, like Okinawa and Ikaria.

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Accepting the Gift, Doing the Work: Angelita Biscotti Interviews Sara M Saleh

Yesterday I may have gone back to working from home too quickly, so I decided to give my body the rest and hydration it needs because clearly, it’s in overdrive. It’s been a precarious time. I feel grateful to be supported right now.

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‘A poet is a worker in language’: Debris Facility Interviews π.ο.

To forefront the anarchist politics within poetry is to invest in the liberatory potentiality within the agency of reading and writing.

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‘Poems are Alive’: Aïsha Trambas Interviews Thabani Tshuma

Thabani Tshuma is a Zimbabwean writer and performance poet. His work can be found in publications such as dichōtomi magazine and Next in Colour.

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‘Permission to write’: Emilie Collyer Interviews Marion May Campbell

I am nervous before our interview. Deciding what to wear, what kind of impression I will make. The day I drive to Drouin, Victoria, it is raining.

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‘Playful and iterative’ Ian MacLarty Interviews Gemma Mahadeo

In 2018, the poet and disability activist Gemma Mahadeo wrote a poem inspired by one of my videogames called Catacombs of Solaris published in The Victorian Writer.

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‘A foot between two whenua’: Morgan Godfery Interviews Hana Pera Aoake

I knew Hana Pera Aoake as a writer before I knew them as my partner. I remember one publication describing a piece of Hana’s that they were publishing as ‘a trigger-laden, genre-bending persona shrie’, which is perfect. The title of …

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‘To the edges of language’: Souradeep Roy in Conversation with Mani Rao

This interview with Mani Rao took place over several emails alongside an a necessary-extended phone conversation during this ongoing pandemic.

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‘What would happen if Nature was given the chance to speak? How gentle would she really be?’ Sophie Finlay Interviews Megan Kaminski

Three sisters in the form of a conceit, branch from one another like the limbs of a tree. Three personifications of nature speak from the depths of allegory, rewriting themselves and in the process, reveal our entanglements with the more-than-human world.

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‘The very act of our daily lives is resistance’: Andréa Ledding Interviews Marilyn Dumont

Marilyn Dumont is an accomplished writer and poet of Cree and Métis ancestry whose award-winning collections include A Really Good Brown Girl (1996) which received the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.

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‘Mix it with grit’: Claire Albrecht Interviews Jill Jones

Adelaide poet Jill Jones sits down 1,525.5 km from me, Claire Albrecht in Newcastle, to discuss her sparkling twelfth book A History of What I’ll Become.

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‘It is a gift for you’: Danny Silva Soberano Interviews Manisha Anjali

In my mind, Manisha Anjali is most neatly described as a ‘poet’, though her body of work cannot be so neatly classified.

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‘Multiple things at once’: Hana Pera Aoake Interviews Jackson Nieuwland

Jackson Nieuwland is a writer born and based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, New Zealand. They studied writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) at Victoria University, graduating in 2015.

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Gin, Poetry, and Slaying the Devil: Joel M Toledo Interviews Lourd De Veyra

I caught up with award-winning writer and frontman of the jazz outfit Radioactive Sago Project as he prepares for the launch of his new book of poetry, Marka Demonyo.

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Conjuring Merlín with an ‘í’: Shannon Maguire Interviews Erín Moure

Erín Moure is an internationally recognised, award-winning, poet and translator.

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‘Chops and surrender’: Nam Le Interviews Jaya Savige

Jaya Savige was born in Sydney, raised on Bribie Island, and lives in London. Jaya has lived overseas since 2009, when he received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to read for a PhD on James Joyce at the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College).

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‘A way of breathing together’: Winnie Dunn Interviews Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis is a poet first and foremost but her extensive body of work has transpired across novels, plays, performances, essays, and works for radio. A single dialogue between us can in no way capture her incredible writing, which is …

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On Presence, Defiance and Honesty: daniel ward Interviews CAConrad

CAConrad is the author of 9 books. Their most recent book JUPITER ALIGNMENT: (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals is forthcoming this year through Ignota Books. The rituals are explorations of ‘extreme presence’, in which they invite us to locate, access and utilise …

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‘Desire’s temporality is going to be perverse’: Elena Betros López Interviews Lisa Robertson

Lisa Robertson and I were introduced through my dear friend Marnie Slater following an invitation by Autumn Royal to undertake an interview for Cordite Poetry Review. I felt the need to be completely transparent with Lisa in stating that I’m …

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