Jennifer Mackenzie on curating Australian poetry

Thursday, 27 June 2024 - 9:00am to 9:30am
Portrait of Jennifer Mackenzie

Jennifer Mackenzie is a poet and critic. She has published two books which focus on Indonesia, Borobudur and Navigable Ink (both with Transit Lounge), and is working on a third. She is a member of the management committee of Australian Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT), and is co-editor of the Australian edition of the international, Nepalese-based, Pratik, a magazine of contemporary writing. Jennifer’s appearance at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, where the Australian edition of Pratik was launched, was courtesy of Creative Australia and APWT.

Here she talks about curating along with her fellow editors Australian poetry for Pratik in conjunction with APWT. The Australian edition of the magazine, Fire and Rain, was launched in Ubud in 2023 and in Melbourne in 2024. The edition includes a collaboration with Red Room Poetry to highlight the work of First Nations authors.

The Australian edition of Pratik is available here:



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Photo: Gay Lynch

Production and Interview: Tian Giannoukos

Thursday 9:00am to 9:30am
A program dedicated to the eclectic world of poetry and performance. Guests are contemporary poets who read and discuss their works.


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