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Bella Li Bella Li i(A110955 works by)
Born: Established:
East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1986
Heritage: Chinese
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Bella Li is a Melbourne poet. Born in northeastern China, she immigrated to Australia with her parents at the age of three. She holds a double degree in Arts / Law from University of Melbourne (with a major in English Literature), and has worked as a research assistant, judge's associate, and editor. In 2013, she enrolled in a PhD at the University of Melbourne.

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y separately published work icon Theory of Colours Newtown : Vagabond Press , 2021 21967672 2021 selected work poetry art work

'Theory of Colours takes as its title and point of departure the influential nineteenth-century treatise on colour by Johann Wolfgang Goethe. In Li’s third full-length collection, colour — and its absence — is at once subject, structural principle and medium. Moving from the distant past, through the fleeting, unstable present, and into a series of speculative futures, the book elaborates worlds both familiar and strange — a country estate, a small town, a grand hotel, a tower. Informed by the spectral practices of early photography and cinema, as well as the visual and thematic conventions of ghost stories, westerns and science fiction, Li’s narratives of text and image are unsettling explorations of sequence and time, absence and haunting.' (Publication summary)

2022 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
2022 joint winner APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Independent Book Indexed selectively. Joint winner: Disorganising Workbook (Bus Projects).
y separately published work icon Lost Lake Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2018 14000042 2018 selected work poetry

'Following on from the groundbreaking Argosy, Li's second collection Lost Lake ups the ante, taking the reader and literature alike into new reaches and realms of the imagination. Lost Lake, which exhibits Li’s distinctive use of text and image, consists of eight extended sequences of poetry, collage and photography, on subjects ranging from Dante’s Inferno and Steve Reich’s Different Trains, to the tomb of Newton and the archives of artist and autodidact Joseph Cornell. Through the eight sequences of Lost Lake, geography and music, history and architecture, works of art and literature, encounter each other in striking and unexpected ways, generating new hybrid objects. Lost Lake disassembles boundaries and challenges expectations of what a work of literature can be—its alchemy blooms in the spaces between eras, genres and forms.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
y separately published work icon Argosy Newtown : Vagabond Press , 2017 11075538 2017 selected work poetry

'This innovative full-length collection, drawing inspiration from the surrealist collage novels of Max Ernst, is an arresting and utterly unique assemblage of poetry, collage and photography. In two parts, the book engages with themes of travel and exploration, language and loss, identity and originality, as well as the relationship between poetry and other disciplines: the visual arts, history, literature and film. Polyglot in sensibility and content, and daring in construction, Argosy defies categorisation. Grounded firmly in Australian contemporary poetic practice, the book is also outward-looking in its approach to form and content; it constitutes a landmark in both local and international poetics.' (Publication Summary)

2017 highly commended Anne Elder Award
2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Poetry
2018 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
2018 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Poetry
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