With thanks to Australian Poetry, join poets and publishing professionals Ellen van Neerven, Kent MacCarter and Yvette Holt to explore the recent increase in publication of collections by First Nations writers, reception of and demand for these locally and internationally, and best practice in acquiring and editing these works.

This is a free event, but booking is required.


Date: Friday 23 November 2018

Time: 9am

Location: The Wheeler Centre, Workshop Space

About the panellists

Yvette Henry Holt is a national multi-award winning poet, academic, comedienne and Chairperson of FNAWN (First Nations Australia Writers Network) whose works have been widely published and anthologised, both in print and online. Yvette’s debut collection of poetry titled anonymous premonition (UQP 2008) has been awarded the David Unaipon Award (2005), Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Indigenous Writing (2008), Scanlon Poetry Prize 2008, and Kate Challis RAKA Award (2010).



Ellen van Neerven is a young Yugambeh writer from South East Queensland. They are the author of the poetry volumeComfort Food (UQP, 2016) and the fiction collection Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) which won numerous awards including the 2013 David Unaipon Award, the 2015 Dobbie Award and the 2016 NSW Premiers Literary Awards Indigenous Writers’ Prize.





Kent MacCarter is managing editor and publisher at Cordite Publishing Inc. His publishing career began at University of Chicago Press in 2000, and since then he has worked with educational publishers Cengage Learning and Curriculum Press in Australia. He’s the author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009), Sputnik’s Cousin (Transit Lounge, 2014) and California Sweet (Five Islands Press, 2018). In 2012 he received a Fulbright Travel Award to attend writing festivals and lecture at Indonesian universities.