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Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) 2017 Distant Voices brings Joy Harjo to QMC for a special performance

Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) 2017 Distant Voices brings Joy Harjo to QMC for a special performance

BEMAC is thrilled to announce that as part of our partnership with Queensland Poetry Festival 2017 (QPF2017), the Culture Train performance in Brisbane on 19 August will include a feature reading by Arts Queensland Poet in Residence Joy Harjo.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Joy Harjo is an internationally known poet, writer, performer and saxophone player of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation who is often cited as playing a formidable role in the second wave of the Native American Renaissance of the late 20th century. Harjo’s eight books of poetry include such well-known titles as How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems and She Had Some Horses. Her newest collection, Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings(2015), short-listed for the 2016 Griffin Poetry Prize, is hailed by Yusef Komunyakaa as ‘a marvelous instrument that veins through a dark lode of American history’.

Her memoir Crazy Brave (2012) won several awards, including the PEN USA Literary Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the American Book Award. Recently, Harjo was awarded the prestigious Ruth Lilley Prize, bestowed on a living American poet for outstanding lifetime accomplishments.

Additionally, on 26 August, QPF2017 will present two very special Writing Through Fences events in partnership with BEMAC and Queensland Multicultural Month.

Writing Through Fences is a writing and arts group made up of people who are, or have been, incarcerated within Australia’s immigration detention regime and a small number of non-refugee artists resident in Australia.

Through the Moon: Performance 

Saturday 26 1-2pm Free event

Four WTF members living in the Australian community present a poetic conversation. This work is based around the way in which poetry has been a life-giving source of personal connection, and at times disconnection, during time spent in immigration detention and upon release. WTF members have a saying with which they sign off each evening: ‘Love through the moon’. Poetry, video and song are presented in Somali, Farsi and Arabic with English translations woven in. Featuring Hani Abdile, Juan Garrido Salgado, Ahmad Aeinjamshid and Janet Galbraith.

Poetry and Displacement: Panel
Saturday 26th 2.30-3.30pm Free event

This panel explores experiences of displacement and poetry. Many WTF members have experienced poetry as an essential act of creation within a system that works towards disintegration. Some of our members have also experienced the effects of incarceration and displacement as that which fractures, challenges and at times erases their ability to write and create.