The 21st Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) turns up the volume on the finest local and international poetic voices from 24‒27 August at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts and a host of other exciting satellite venues. Featuring 120+ artists in 80+ sessions over four dynamic days and nights, 75% of sessions are free. Building upon over 6000 attendees last year, QPF2017 is the festival’s biggest and most ambitious venture yet, showcasing poetry without borders and spoken word without walls.
Redefining the poetic artform, the packed line-up includes slam poets, live music, panels, workshops, visual art installations, spoken word, film screenings, performance art, comedy and an inaugural poetry Publishers and Zine Fair.
With a theme of ‘Distant Voices’, QPF2017 will also emphasise First Nation, refugee, and culturally and linguistically diverse poets and performers from across Australia and the globe.
Highlights include the QPF2017 Literary Cabaret featuring poetic luminaries Mark Doty (USA), Maxine Beneba Clarke, Omar Musa and more; an afternoon with Australian National Living Treasure, cartoonist & poet Michael Leunig; Travelling Light Leonard Cohen tribute show with a stellar line-up of local poets and musicians; spoken word superstar Luka Lesson in concert; a late night Queer Literary Salon; Writing Through Fences; and Viral Verse featuring some of the online stars of poetry including Hera Lindsay Bird (NZ) and Patricia Lockwood (US).
This year’s festival also welcomes two Arts Queensland Poets in Residence: award-winning US poet, musician and author Joy Harjo, a member of the Mvskoke Nation and a pivotal figure in the Native American Renaissance; and award-winning New Zealand poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician Courtney Sina Meredith. QPF is also delighted to have Windham-Campbell Prize-winning poet, visual artist and memoirist Ali Cobby Eckermann (recently featured on Lateline) as the 2017 Indigenous Poet in Residence, proudly sponsored by ATSICHS.