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Kathy Kituai Kathy Kituai i(A5013 works by) (a.k.a. K. Kituai; Kathy Kitaui)
Born: Established: Western Australia, ;
Gender: Female
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In 1980 Kathy Kituai moved from Adelaide to Papua New Guinea. After living in Port Moresby for four years she returned to Australia in 1984 and settled in Canberra. Kituai has since become 'well-known' for her contribution to community writing projects in the ACT region. She has been vice-president of the ACT Fellowship of Australian Writers, facilitated writing workshops, scripted a radio documentary and (co-)edited several anthologies. Maintaining her 'passion for poetry', Katuai has won a number of awards for her writing.

In 2009 Kituai received Arts ACT funding for a residency in Lochinvar, Scotland, to produce a collaborative work with Scottish potter, Fergus Stewart.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 shortlisted ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Poetry For 'Deep in the Valley of Tea Bowls.'
2011 winner Canberra Critics Circle Awards Writing for establishing tanka workshops.
2010 recipient ACT Arts Grant to assist with costs of a cross-art, cross-culture collaboration of poetry and pottery to produce a new body of work in 2010 - $14,420

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Straggling into Winter : A Tanka Journal Carindale : Interactive Press , 2007 Z1357118 2007 selected work poetry

'Highly Commended, IP Picks National Competition for Unpublished Manuscripts, 2007: Best Poetry. Taking the form of a year-long tanka journal, Kathy Kituai’s collection of poems steers the reader through joyful and sorrowful meditations on her life between two winters. ‘If not challenged, I am most uncomfortable as a poet,’ says Kituai, who, in the ancient Japanese poetry form, has found a medium which both challenges her and allows her to dovetail observations of beloved natural surrounds with emotional journeys. The journal that emerges is drenched in a deep love of nature, and imbued with a searching, insightful sense of the human condition.' (Publication summary)

2007 highly commended IP Picks Award Best Poetry
Head Bowed Just So to the East 2006 single work poetry
2006 shortlisted Poets Union Poetry Prize
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