Biography

 Emily Sun is a writer and poet who lives on Whadjuk Noongar Country (Perth, WA).  She has published in various anthologies and journals including Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Growing up Asian in Australia, and Westerly.  In 2018 and 2019, she was runner-up in the national Deborah Cass Writing Prize, and the recipient of fellowships at the Katharine Susannah Prichard and Centre for Stories writing centres. Emily is a founding member of “Invincible“, a writing collective based @Goolagatup/Heathcoate. She  is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Western Australia.  Vociferate|  is her debut poetry collection.  

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What We Carry brings together the voices of more than 60 contemporary Australian poets to provide accounts of childbearing that are both lyrical and embodied. The poems invite you to share incredibly personal stories – some humourous, some sincere, some full of elation and love, others frustration or despair. They provide powerful insights into the potential for childbearing experiences to shape us, change the trajectories of our lives, and teach us about what it means to be human. For after all, all of us were carried, at the beginning.

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Australian writers traverse the territory of loss, returning with travellers’ tales in poetry and prose, that are heart-breaking, inspiring, amusing, and rich with learning, insight and resilient.

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Asian-Australians have often been written about by outsiders, as outsiders. In this collection, compiled by award-winning author Alice Pung, they tell their own stories with verve, courage and a large dose of humour. These are not predictable tales of food, festivals and traditional dress. The food is here in all its steaming glory – but listen more closely to the dinner-table chatter and you might be surprised by what you hear.

Here are tales of leaving home, falling in love, coming out and finding one’s feet. A young Cindy Pan vows to win every single category of Nobel Prize. Tony Ayres blows a kiss to a skinhead and lives to tell the tale. Benjamin Law has a close encounter with some angry Australian fauna, and Kylie Kwong makes a moving pilgrimage to her great-grandfather’s Chinese village.

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To Hold the Clouds is a collection of writing from Perth Emerging Writers. Coming from a mentoring and hot desk project run by the Centre for Stories, these short stories and poems touch on themes of love, relationships, grief, movement, and hope. To Hold the Clouds presents a number of new voices to share beautiful representations of this city on Whadjuk country.

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