“Emily Sun” lives and works on the unceded lands of the Wadjuk Noongar people (South Western Australia). Her works have been published in various national and international anthologies and journals including Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Mascara, Westerly and Growing up Asian in Australia.
Between 2018 and 2020 she was the first runner-up in the national Deborah Cass Writing Prize, and the recipient of fellowships at both The Katharine Susannah Prichard and Centre for Stories writing centres for her poetry and prose.
In 2022, her debut poetry collection Vociferate詠, (Fremantle Press) received a Highly Commended in NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry (The Kenneth Slessor Prize ) and shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Book Award for Emerging Writers in the same year.
‘These poems hit like sharp little bullets.’
‘She’s the ‘Wandering Minstrel in Translation’ … This is Australian poetry too, with suburban settings providing material for many of the scenarios, though Australia can never simply be home. Place is layered and unstable, as fractured as the language that speaks.’
Emily Sun’s cultural-presumption-shredding Vociferate | 詠
Vociferate touches its reader with its tenderness and sparkling sense of humour,
punctuated by inside jokes and a mischievous love for the irreverent.
‘Emily Sun traverses continents and cultures in a daring poetic venture. History, philosophy, religion, popular culture — nothing is left untouched in a critical pursuit of the politics of identity and belonging, and how we are haunted by the legacy of colonialism. Sun’s poems are sometimes delivered with sizzling rage, sometimes with sparkling humour, but always with formidable intelligence.’
“ There is a quiet rage in the poems as well as a terrible beauty.. We hear so many anodyne accounts of how the world is, but what if the world was exactly how it appears in these poems? Broken, writhing, and electric.”
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“Exiles and Wanderers“, Australian Book Review of Vociferate
WritingWA Review of Vociferate
Red Room Poetry Line Break – National Poetry Month 2021 (Reading of poems from Vociferate at 30m12s)
“Points of Emphasis”: John Kinsella Review Essay, Westerly November 2021
Readings event: In conversation with Alice Pung
Scoring a Poem Q and A with Alice Stephens – Bloom!
These poems hit like sharp little bullets – ABC Radio
ArtBeat RTR Interview with Bec Bowman
Interview with Emily Sun: A vociferous invitation to exist Adele Aria – Portside Review
Underground Writers Review
Meet Emily Sun – Fremantle Press News
Lip Magazine! Q & A with Author Emily Sun
Rock on Kitty Interview