Melinda Smith i(73 works by) (a.k.a. Melinda Jane Smith)
Born: Established: 1962 Robinvale, Swan Hill - Robinvale area, North West Victoria, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Poet and visual artist Melinda Smith grew up in country Victoria on the banks of the Murray and moved to Melbourne with her family in 1964. She was educated at Yooralla, Balwyn, for six years until 1978, and at Glen Waverley Special School from 1979 until 1980. Smith, who has cerebral palsy, purchased a Canon communicator in 1979, a device that enabled her to communicate with others easily. She considers this a turning point in her life.

Smith has worked as a primary school teacher's aide at Eastwood, and for Scope (formerly the Spastic Society of Victoria) in that organisation's Communication Resource Centre. She has also been President of the Australian chapter of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC).

Personal Awards

2014 shortlisted Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry For unpublished poem 'For William Eggleston'.
2011 recipient ACT Arts Grant to assist with costs of producing new poems for a chapbook about autism, in 2011 - $14,904
2006 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Poetry Prize Rosemary Dobson Award for an Unpublished Poem by an Australian Poet for Given

Awards for Works

Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call 2014 selected work poetry

'Melinda Smith writes with exuberance and verve in a variety of forms, old and new. She is personal, opinionated,quirky, and you never know what a poem of hers will do. It is like some firework of unknown make and provenance, spluttering into incandescent life with more than a hint of danger. Wide-eyed surprise is her metier and unsurprisingly she is often to be found in the dashing pages of Quadrant where Les Murray has encouraged just such qualities for many years. (Publication summary)

2014 winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
2014 highly commended ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Poetry
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