We are excited to announce that the 2016 ARTS QLD Poet-in-Residence is Jeet Thayil. Jeet was born in Mamalasserie, Kerala, and educated in Bombay, Hong kong and New York. His four poetry collections include English and These Errors Are Correct, which won the 2013 Sahitya Akademi Award for poetry and his recent Collected Works. He is the editor of The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets and is a visiting professor of poetry at the University of Goa. As a musician and songwriter, he is one half of the contemporary music project Sridhar/Thayil. His Delhi-based band is Still Dirty. Jeet Thayil’s novel Narcopolis won the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, and was shortlisted for five other prizes, including the Man Booker prize, the Man Asian Literature Prize and the Commonwealth Prize.
QPF Festival Co-Director's Annie Te Whiu and David Stavanger said that this year's Poet in Residence will continue to push the boundaries of poetry as a political act, and that Jeet’s work within multiple-mediums and cultural heritage fits well with the 2016 festival's theme Lost Language, Found. Jeet arrives on August 8th and is in Brisbane until September 13th for a five-week residency. He will conduct 3 x public workshops, a reading in regional QLD, present a public talk at QUT, consult with local poets and writers, collaborate with local artists and ACPA's indigenous performing students, and be a key guest at Queensland Poetry Festival, Online Literature Festival & also at the Brisbane Writers Festival.
Here is a link to an interview with Jeet.
The Arts Queensland Poet in Residence program is primarily designed to develop Queensland’s poetry culture by providing a residency for a high-profile poet or spoken word artist to engage directly with Queensland poets and the poetry community in a meaningful and collaborative way; to produce a work, or body of works, that will contribute to and extend on the existing literary influences in Queensland; and to increase an appreciation of poetry by engaging in partnerships and performances with Queensland’s flagship and community festivals and events, and working with local poets and arts organisations. The Poet undertakes a number of activities designed to support their own creative abilities as well as engage with the poetry community through workshops and readings, thereby contributing to the development and profile of poetry as an innovative art form that inspires Queensland artists and audiences and adds to the State’s cultural identity and creative output.
The Arts Queensland Poet-in-Residence Program is a project of Arts Queensland, administrated by Queensland Poetry Festival, with proud program supporters Queensland Writers Centre, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, QUT and Brisbane Writers Festival.