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Issue Details: First known date: 2021... vol. 25 no. 1 April 2021 of TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs est. 1997 TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs
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'The April 2021 edition of TEXT features seven provocative scholarly contributions to the discipline, largely concerned with what could be considered an ethics of care. This septet is led by Julienne van Loon’s timely reflection on creative practice as ‘nourishment’, originally presented as keynote to the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP) conference held at Griffith University, November 2020.'

'The contribution from Cleo Mees takes a ficto-critical approach to the uncertainty, precarity and exploitation that characterises scholarly work for today’s sessional creative writing academics. Katherine Day’s research investigates the extent to which Australia’s defamation laws have created a practice of implicit censorship of non-fiction writing in Australia. Continuing the theme of an ethics of care, Owen Bullock offers insights into his principles and practices in running haiku workshops. Jack Kirne’s discussion of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead (2018) bolsters an argument for the multirealist mode as an agile method for writing about the climate crisis. Kári Gíslason finds limited capacity in the broader culture for critically valuing and genuinely supporting multi-modal authorship. And a remarkable collaboration of six scholars engage in an experiment to explore the ‘differences, contradictions, sympathies, antipathies, and strange resonances’ between expressions of creative practice in relation to the ‘notoriously slippery’ yet personally significant notions of time and queerness. Also included are creative works focused on the process of writing, and 13 reviews of books of interest to creative writing scholars and practitioners.' (Publication summary)


  •  Only literary material by Australian authors individually indexed. Other material in this issue includes:

    Jinendra Jain, See Like a Child; Think Like an Adult: Creating Space between Perception and Thought

    The doctor will see you now review by Simon-Peter Telford (Donna Lee Brien, Craig Batty, Elizabeth Ellison, Alison Owens (eds) The Doctoral Experience: Student Stories from the Creative Arts and Humanities)

    Writing to change the game review by Stephanie Green (Sally Breen, Ravi Shankar, Tim Tomlinson (eds) Meridian: The APWT/Drunken Boat Anthology of New Writing.)

    It’s a story not a webcam review by Michael Kitson (George Saunders A Swim in a Pond in the Rain (In Which Four Dead Russians Give Us a Masterclass In Writing and Life))

    Octavia E. Butler and speculative fiction in the classroom review by Jennifer Ngo (Approaches to Teaching the Works of Octavia E. Butler)

    More than ice and snow review by Simon-Peter Telford (Reinhard Hennig, Anna-Karin Jonasson, Peter Degerman (eds) Nordic Narratives of Nature and the Environment)


* Contents derived from the 2021 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Creative Writing as Nourishment : The Political Philosophy of Corine Pelluchon Applied to Our Field, Julienne Van Loon , single work criticism

'What if we thought of creative writing practice and its resultant contribution (to knowledge, to arts practice, to the public good) as a means for sustaining an ethics of life?...'  (Publication abstract)

Feeling Good : The Casual Academic’s Guide to Purpose, Pleasure and the Meaning of Work in Precarious Times, Cleo Mees , single work criticism

'The emotional experience of writing as a casual academic in the midst of a climate crisis, a global pandemic, and a university system increasingly pervaded by neoliberal ideals.' (Publication abstract) 

Gagging the Writer : The Implicit Censorship of Non-fiction Trade Book Publishing in Australia, Katherine Day , single work criticism

'This paper explores non-fiction trade book publishing alongside a contemporary construction of reputation and argues that in Australia “reputational interests” in defamation law have created a practice of implicit censorship.'  (Publication abstract)

Haiku for Recovery: An Immersive Workshop, Owen Bullock , single work criticism

'This essay, about an immersive teaching practice, focuses on the qualities of haiku for maximum engagement in a short period of time.'  (Publication abstract)

Other Worlds : Multirealist Writing as a Strategy for Representing Climate Crisis, Jack Kirne , single work criticism

'This article advocates for the utility of multirealism for writing about the climate crisis.'  (Publication abstract)

Asking Writers to Choose : Clive James and the Tensions of Multimodal Authorship, Kári Gíslason , single work criticism
'This article discusses the career of author Clive James (1939–2019), whose practice was varied, and an example of a writer adapting to different and emerging forms and genres.' (Publication abstract)
Queerness, Form and Time : A Dialogue through Case Studies from Creative Writing Practice, Ronnie Scott , Sholto Buck , J Butler , Jhoanna Lynn Cruz , George Haddad , Ann Lee , single work criticism

'This research takes as its basis the plurality of time and the plurality of queerness and attempts to locate a hybrid form through a case study approach to practice.'  (Publication abstract)

Excerpts from Masks : Letters to Orpheusi"The world is dark shaken", Dominique Hecq , single work poetry
This poem is in five numbered parts.
Chiasma of Beingi"are beings made from syllabi whose", Gershon Maller , single work poetry
This poem is in four numbered and titled parts.
Divinationi"pour your angst into those deep pools", B. N. Oakman , single work poetry
For J, Who Is No Longer My Friendi"There’s a line in here about the two 60-year-old friends being ‘a couple of old", Sarah Pearce , single work poetry
Found in the Goldminesi"Be enveloped by inviolable silence. Feel the organic", Nicole Sellers , single work poetry
Gravitas, Grudges, Griti"Alone in the dark hours of morning I computer-track my son’s progress in the", Ian C. Smith , single work poetry
Prison Officer’s Soni"Before he discovered Alan Sillitoe’s lonely long-distance running Borstal boy", Ian C. Smith , single work poetry
The Raven and the Writing Desk, Jane Downing , single work prose
An Unforgettable Dining Experience, Stephanie Green , single work prose
Pockets, Helena Kadmos , single work prose
Occupied, Dean Kerrison , single work prose
Not A Story But An Exchange, Tamara Lazaroff , single work prose
The RRP of Narrative, Georgia Rose Phillips , single work prose

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