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Omar Sakr Omar Sakr i(7885306 works by) (a.k.a. Omar J. Sakr)
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Omar Sakr is a multi-awardwinning Arab-Australian writer and poet. His poetry has been widely published in Australia and overseas since the mid-2010s, and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, was released in 2017: it has been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. His work has also regularly been shortlisted for the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize.

His poems have been published in English, Spanish, and Arabic, and he holds a Creative Writing MA from the University of Sydney.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 shortlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2016 shortlisted The Fair Australia Prize Poetry Prize For 'Among Blind Oracles'.
2014 shortlisted The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize For 'America, You Sexy Fuck.'

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Lost Arabs St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 15423160 2019 selected work poetry

'Visceral and energetic, Omar Sakr’s poetry confronts notions of identity and belonging head-on. Braiding together sexuality and divinity, conflict and redemption, The Lost Arabs is a seething, urgent collection from a distinctive new voice.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Poetry Award
2019 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
y separately published work icon These Wild Houses Melbourne : Cordite Press , 2017 10757466 2017 selected work poetry

'I won’t keep you long. First, I acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land the majority of this collection was written.

'Now you are about to read the poetry of an Arab Australian, which is a rare thing when it shouldn’t be. Now you are about to read the work of a queer Arab Australian, which is a rare thing when it shouldn’t be. Now you are about to read the life of a queer Muslim Arab Australian from Western Sydney, from a broke and broken family – not rare, but it should be.

'This is not a definitive statement on Islam. This is not a definitive statement on Arab identity, not Arab Australian identity, not bisexuality, not even Western Sydney. It is a statement – an exploration of me and what I’ve seen.

'The only thing I ask of you is that you do not stop with me. Discover the other diverse writers and poets in this country – find us, find our books. We’re here, and we’re growing.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
2017 commended Anne Elder Award
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
Not so Wild i "In the mornings, I'd loiter outside your house", 2016 single work
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 222 2016; (p. 26-27)
2015 second place The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize
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