Alison Whittaker Alison Whittaker i(8637549 works by)
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Kamilaroi people
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Poet and essayist Alison Whittaker is a Gomeroi woman from Gunnedah and Tamworth, North-western New South Wales. She worked in media law and Aboriginal women's law and policy.

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Awards for Works

Many Girls White Linen "no mist no mystery", Overland , Autumn no. 226 2017 single work poetry Judges Report : In Alison Whittaker’s ‘MANY GIRLS WHITE LINEN’, which placed equal first, the plight of First Nations peoples is front and centre. Through its torsional rhymes and rhythms, the poem eviscerates the iconic whiteness of Picnic at Hanging Rock and stuns with its own iconic imagery: ‘amongst gums collecting grit / where blak girls hang / nails’. The poem is, to quote Whittaker, ‘raw rousing horrifying’.
2016 joint winner The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets
Lemons in the Chicken Wire 2016 selected work poetry

'Winner 2015 black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship – a partnership between the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project and Magabala Books.'

'From a remarkable new voice in Indigenous writing comes this highly original collection of poems bristling with stunning imagery and gritty textures. At times sensual, always potent, Lemons in the Chicken Wire delivers a collage of work that reflects rural identity through a rich medley of techniques and forms.'

'It is an audacious, lyrical and linguistically lemon flavoured poetry debut that possesses a rare edginess and seeks to challenge our imagination beyond the ordinary. Alison Whittaker demonstrates that borders, whether physical or imagined, are no match for our capacity for love.' (Source: Newsouth Books website)

2017 shortlisted ASAL Awards Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry
2016 shortlisted Scanlon Prize for Poetry
2015 winner black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowships For unpublished manuscript.
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