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Sandra Renew Sandra Renew i(A149546 works by)
Gender: Female
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'Sandra’s poetry has recently been published in Griffith Review (Griffith University), The Blue Nib, The Canberra Times, Contemporary Haibun Online, Ribbons, Hecate (University of Queensland), Other Terrain and Backstory (Swinburne University), Axon (University of Canberra), and Australian Poetry Journal 2019. Her poem 'Mungo' was awarded second place in the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize in 2017.

'Sandra also writes short form prose and has been published in Shuffle: An Anthology of Microlit, edited by Cassandra Atherton (Spineless Wonders 2019), and was a finalist for the 2018 joanne burns Microlit Award.

'She was a featured poet at the National Folk Festival Spoken Word for three years from 2017 to 2019.

'Her recent collections are Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press 2019) and The Orlando Files (Ginninderra Press 2018).

'Sandra is a founding editor, with Moya Pacey, of Not Very Quiet online journal for women and poetry and co-hosts the Not Very Quiet women’s poetry nights at Smith’s Alternative. Sandra and Moya were awarded a Canberra Critics Circle Award for their influential contribution to women’s poetry in 2019.' (

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y separately published work icon Acting Like a Girl Canberra : Recent Work Press , 2019 15514477 2019 selected work poetry 'Sandra Renew's new poems interrogate the choices made in living and performing gender, sexuality and desire--of struggling to be queer in an Australia of Holden utes and rotting mangoes, XXXX stubbies and Bundy rum, boudoir drawers and country roads, toad princes and wanting to be Wesley Hall. It is a book of not wanting to conform, charting the myriad pressures society places on conformity as a mode of survival. It is a brave, and sometimes funny book, filled with wry and deeply felt images and observations.' 

 (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
2020 winner ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Poetry
Shiver i "On the map, the border", 2012 single work poetry
— Appears in: ACTWrite , August vol. 18 no. 7 2012; (p. 16)
2011 shortlisted ACT Writers Centre's Literary Awards Michael Thwaites Poetry Award
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