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Image courtesy of author Kerry Reed Gilbert, 2016.
Kerry Reed-Gilbert Kerry Reed-Gilbert i(A32818 works by) (birth name: Kerry Gilbert) (a.k.a. Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert)
Also writes as: Velvet Black
Born: Established: 24 Oct 1956 ; Died: Ceased: 13 Jul 2019 Canberra, Australian Capital Territory,
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal Wiradjuri ; Aboriginal
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A Wiradjuri woman from Central New South Wales Kerry performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the First Nations Australians Writers Network (FNAWN). In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works with the Us Mob Writing (UMW) group ‘By Close of Business, and was co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal, a collaborative collection between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers.

Kerry was a member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee and her poetry and prose has been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the literary journal, Southerly. She was a member of the ACT UMW group and FNAWN.

She edited, published and was published in numerous books and publications including:

Kerry was a highly awarded recipient of support for her work as a poet and editor. In 2010 she received funding from the Australia Council to attend a poetry festival in the USA. In 2006 she received an ‘Outstanding Achievement in Poetry’ award and ‘Poet of Merit’ Award from the International Society of Poets. In 2005 she toured Aotearoa New Zealand as part of the Honouring Words 3rd International Indigenous Authors Celebration Tour. In 2003 she was awarded an International Residence from ATSIAB to attend Art Omi, New York, USA, in 1997 she toured South Africa performing in ‘ECHOES’ a national tour of the spoken word. In 2006 she received an 'Outstanding Achievement in Poetry' award and a 'Poet of Merit' Award from the International Society of Poets.

Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Bengali, Dutch and other languages.

Kerry was the daughter of Kevin Gilbert.



Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Too Deadly : Our Voice Our Way Our Business Belconnen : Us Mob Writing , 2017 12334897 2017 anthology poetry short story autobiography prose

'Too Deadly is a fitting title for this powerful and diverse collection of First Nations writings. Offerings include prose and narrative poetry; flash fiction, fiction and creative non-fiction; and life writing. The writers gathered bring to the fore evocative snippets from the many different nations of Indigenous Australia; the themes range from the personal to the political – the big and the small picture leap off the page.'

Source: Jeanine Leane, Wiradjuri writer, Academic. (Publication Summary)

2018 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Anthology
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