Proudly presenting the Poets In Residence for our 2022 Festival.


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Prithvi Varatharajan is a poet, essayist, and sometimes literary audio producer who lives in Melbourne. His debut collection of poems and prose, Entries, was published in 2020 by Cordite Books. He has had poetry published in Voiceworks, Island, Rabbit, MeanjinStilts, MascaraLiterary Review, Philosophy Activism Nature, and The Indian Quarterly, and his critical/scholarly writing has featured in Sydney Review of Books, Peril, Cordite Poetry Review, JASAL, Adaptation, and Cultural Studies Review.


Prithvi has produced dozens of literary radio and podcast programs on poets, for national and community stations; you can hear these on ABC Radio National and at Red Room Poetry. He holds a PhD from the University of Queensland about ABC RN’s Poetica, and was a recipient of the 2020 Emerging Critics Fellowship at the Sydney Review of Books. He commissions essays on poetry’s media for Cordite Poetry Review.

Rebecca Jessen is the award-winning author of Gap (UQP, 2014) and Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020). She is the recipient of the QLD Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award, the QLD Literary Award for Best Emerging Author, the State Library of QLD Young Writers Award, and an AMP Tomorrow Maker grant.


In 2021 Her debut poetry collection Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020) was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and commended for the Anne Elder Award. Her poetry and non-fiction has been published widely.


Rebecca currently lives in Brisbane and grew up in south-western Sydney.


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Marjon Mossammaparast is a secondary school English teacher in Melbourne. Her first collection of poetry, That Sight (Cordite Books) won the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards and was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Her second volume, And to Ecstasy, was released in March 2022 through Upswell Publishing. Marjon has lived in Iran, Italy, China and Macau. 

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