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Kerry Reed-Gilbert i(147 works by) (birth name: Kerry Gilbert)
Also writes as: Velvet Black
Born: Established: 1956 ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Wiradjuri people ; Aboriginal
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A Wiradjuri woman from Central New South Wales Kerry has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the First Nations Australians Writers Network (FNAWN). In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works with the Us Mob Writing (UMW) groupBy Close of Business, and was co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaborative collection between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers.

Kerry is a former member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee and her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and Southerly. She is a member of the ACT UMW group and FNAWN.

She has edited, published and been published in numerous books and publications.

Talking About Country: Poetry Collection (Kuracca);

The Strength of Us as Women: Black Women Speak (Ed): Ginninderra Press;

• Our Place: Stories about good practice in youth work with young Aboriginal people South Sydney Youth Services: Co Editor with Shane Brown;

Message Stick: Contemporary Aboriginal writing (Ed): Jukurrpa Books?

Ngunnunggula (Ed) A collection of works written by Aboriginal writers and Black Woman, Black Life: (Wakefield Press)

In 2010 she received funding for the Australia Council to attend a poetry fest in the USA. In 2006 she received an ‘Outstanding Achievement in Poetry’ award and ‘Poet of Merit’ Award from the International Society of Poets. In 2005 she toured Aotearoa, New Zealand as part of the Honouring Words 3rd International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour.

In 2003 she was awarded an International Residence from ATSIAB to attend Art Omi, New York, USA, in 1997 she toured South Africa performing in ‘ECHOES’ a national tour of the spoken word.

In 2006 she received an 'Outstanding Achievement in Poetry' award and a 'Poet of Merit' Award from the International Society of Poets.

Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other non-English speaking languages. (Source: Kerry Reed Gilbert, 2016)

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Personal Awards

2015 shortlisted Overland Story Wine Prize for ‘The cultural prophet’
2010 recipient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board Grants Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board Fellowship To attend the Writers Conference in the USA
2006 Outstanding Achievement in Poetry and Poet of Merit Award from the International Society of Poets
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