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Shastra Deo Shastra Deo i(8540488 works by)
Born: Established:
South Pacific, Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
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Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Writing and English Literature, First Class Honours and a University Medal in Creative Writing, and a Master of Arts in Writing, Editing and Publishing from The University of Queensland. In 2018, she was completing her PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland, focusing on phantom limbs in war literature.

Her short work has been published in a number of Australian periodicals, and her first poetry collection, The Agonist, won the 2016 Thomas Shapcott Prize and was shortlisted for 2018 the ALS Gold Medal.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022 shortlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2020 commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize for 'The Break'.
winner For The Agonist.

Awards for Works

Fishing at Caer A’Muirehen i "I forgot to say noon was closing around us. Further", 2022 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 67 no. 2 2022; (p. 10)
2022 winner Patricia Hackett Prize
Variations on the Word Ghost i "hi!!", 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: Liminal , June 2019;
2022 shortlisted The Woollahra Digital Literary Award Poetry
y separately published work icon The Agonist St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 12000833 2017 selected work poetry

'With its wildness and originality, The Agonist is an exhilarating collection. Exploring the languages of anatomy, etymology and incantation, these poems craft conversations about fracture and repair, energy, love and danger. '  (Publication summary)

2017 commended Anne Elder Award
2018 shortlisted ASAL Awards Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry
2018 winner ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2016 winner Queensland Poetry Festival Awards Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript
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