Zenobia Frost — talking with Katy O’Brian

Zenobia Frost interviews Katy O’Brian (‘Z Nation’, ‘Black Lightning’) in the current issue of ‘Archer Magazine’.

Zenobia and Katy discuss questions pertaining to gender, sexuality and queer erasure … read their conversation here.

Katy O’Brian is an actor, writer and martial artist from Indianapolis, USA. She has appeared in a number of productions, including ‘Gnawbone’, ‘Power Rangers: Zenith’, ‘Halt and Catch Fire’ and ‘Z-Nation’.

Zenobia Frost is a poet based in Brisbane, Australia. Her books include ‘Salt and Bone’ and, most recently, the poetry collection ‘After the Demolition’ (Cordite Books) which won the 2020 Wesley Michel Wright Award and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

‘Liminal’ magazine: interview with Michelle D’Souza

‘Liminal’ magazine is a relatively young, energetic online space ‘for the exploration, interrogation and celebration of the Asian-Australian experience’.

To learn more of the magazine and its creative team, visit the 2017 Digital Writer’s Festival session, ‘A Platform of One’s Own: Liminal Magazine’.

The most recent issue of the magazine features Sumudu Samarawickrama’s interview with Michelle D’Souza, poet, critic and managing editor of Mascara Literary Review.

Can you tell us what you have planned for the future?
I have been working on my novel and a trickle of new poems. I’m delighted that UWAP are re-publishing my second poetry collection, Vishvarūpa, this year as it was out of print with 5 Islands Press who are closing shop. I’m also thrilled for the collection of stories that Margaret River Press are publishing, We’ll Stand In That Place, which I was privileged to judge.

Of course, I hope that as a community we can continue to support each other and expand our diverse, transnational spaces, reaching out to writers from other countries and being in conversation with writers and thinkers here in Australia. I am careful in what editing roles I might take up going forward as it has conflicted with my writing time.

I am also writing a scholarly essay on Interceptionality and the work of Behrouz Boochani as a way of reflecting on the unsettlement of Australian poetics.

Read more at Interview with Michelle D’Souza.

Questions with Tansy Rayner Roberts

What is your favourite thing about living and working in Tasmania?

I’ve never lived or worked anywhere else for more than a few months, so it’s a hard one to answer. Don’t tell them all how great it is here, Kate, they’ll all want to move here! I like the people and the pretty scenery. I like that our cities are small. It’s a lot easier to live here now you can order literally anything from any other country (missing out on TV or books that didn’t come here used to wear on me when I was younger). I love that I live somewhere that’s between a mountain and the ocean. I belong here.

More at Kate Gordon (blog)

Further discussion, ‘The cult of the noble amateur’ (Rebecca Watts)

Rebecca Watts, ‘The Cult of the Noble Amateur’, PN Review 239

Hollie McNish’s response, PN Review
Melanie Branton, Accessibility vs elitism
The Guardian, ‘Poetry world split over polemic attacking amateur work by young female poets
Responses by Don Paterson and Rebecca Watts, The BBC
A Poetry Foundation response, Poetry Foundation

Interview with Stephanie Conn

Stephanie Conn is a poet from Northern Ireland. She visited Tasmania in 2017 where she was a featured guest of the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. The following extract is from an interview published on Paul Stephensen’s blog ‘Poems, Poetry, Poets’ (19th January, 2018).


Paul: While the book opens with Holland, as McGuckian indeed says, it journeys on in the latter half towards Australia. What makes ‘Australia’ so distinct and unique for you?

Stephanie: I never had any desire to go to Australia, it was never on my to do list. We went to spend a Christmas with my sister-in-law in Tasmania and I absolutely loved it. Tasmania is a beautiful island and for me, a place of contradiction – Christmas decorations in the sunlight, penguins in the blistering heat, picnics on a beach where the next land mass is Antarctica; the stunning scenery of a former convict colony.

Paul: Do you have a favourite place in Australia?

Stephanie: As I said above, I love Tasmania but sailing out of Sydney Harbour heading to Manly was a stunning experience.

Paul: Have you read many Australian poets or poetry magazines? What/who do you recommend?

Stephanie: Yes, when I was writing and researching the book I read some Tasmanian/ Australian poets and a couple of the poems in the collection were response pieces to work by Lyn Reeves and Louise Oxley. I also read work by Anne Collins, Sarah Day, Adrienne Eberhard, Gwen Harwood and Vivian Smith. I got to go back to Tasmania in September 2017 to read at the Tasmania Poetry Festival. I had the pleasure to meet some of the poets I’d been in touch with by email. I was also introduced to the work of other Australian poets – Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Young Dawkins, Emilie Zoey Baker, Dan Disney, Luke Wren Reid and Sarah Holland-Batt. I absolutely love Sarah Holland-Batt’s work. Sarah is also the Poetry Editor for the Australian journal ‘Island’.


From Paul Stephenson’s blog ‘Poems, Poetry, Poets’; more HERE