Internationally renowned performance artist, Emily XYZ, has been announced as the 2010 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence and is set to hit Queensland’s shores on 1 July. Emily’s residency is based at Queensland Writers Centre in the State Library of Queensland and runs until 26 September.
Hailing from the New York punk rock scene of the 70s Emily’s influences come from Patti Smith, the Ramones, and the anti-authoritarian ideologies cornerstone of the era.
Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts Anna Bligh welcomed Emily XYZ as the 2010 Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence. “The Poet-in-Residence program, now in its sixth year, has delivered real success in terms of education, cultural exchange and a fascinating view into the eclectic and ever-expanding world of contemporary poetry,” Ms Bligh said.
“This program has benefited Queensland audiences, writers and poets by opening up new opportunities and new ways of exploring poetry as an art form.”
During her time in Queensland, Emily will appear at the Queensland Poetry Festival and Brisbane Writers Festival – along with several other public performances in tow.
The first event of her residency is SpeedPoets on Sunday 4 July, audiences are encouraged to come along and welcome Emily to Queensland at her debut event.
Along with performances, Emily will be developing a twitter poem, adding a verse for each day of her residency.
Emily will also be delivering a dirt cheap workshop series in Brisbane, check out the events page for more details of this and all her other upcoming engagements.
Previous poets-in-residence have included acclaimed New Zealand poet, musician, producer and teacher Hinemoana Baker, German poet and translator Michael Hofmann, Irish poet Paul Durcan, British poet and playwright Louise Wallwein, and Canadian poet Jacqueline Turner.