• Talya Rubin

    Talya Rubin and The Pandemic Poetry Project

      Welcome to a New Day If the cherry tree were in blossom like this always, maybe we would not weep at the losses the silences. How a boat moored in the harbour is quiet now. A friend inside it, or not inside it eats dumplings, sips soup, sleeps away from the people she loves in case by breathing too closely on their soft skin, too near to be safe she kills them. A white bloom is sudden, a shock of life, like birth, like the birth of a little girl in my arms, something uncertain and beautiful as a cloud or the sun triumphant from behind a cloud. “Welcome…

  • Rashida Murphy

    Moving in from the Margins with Rashida Murphy

    Rashida Murphy is a Perth based writer, poet, mentor, and author of The Historian’s Daughter (2016, UWAP).  She has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University.  Rashida is also known in the local writing community for being a big supporter of emerging writers, especially those of us who are—for lack of a better term— ‘people of colour’, ‘ethnic writers’, ‘non-whites’, ‘third world looking’, ‘multicultural Australians’ [insert a term of your choice]. I was the beneficiary of KSP’s inaugural CALD Fellowship last year, a position that was generously sponsored by Rashida. After my stay at KSP,  I approached Rashida for an interview because I…

  • Alice Stephens,  Interview

    Famous Adopted People: a Novel – by Alice Stephens

    I saw Famous Adopted People at my local library and picked it up for a friend who has an adopted child.  I was in a hurry so I didn’t see the words ‘a novel’  and thought it was a non-fiction book about famous adopted people.  It is not. The book is best described as a rollicking read that explores a range of salient issues around transnational adoption and one that exemplifies how some truths are best told through fiction. At the start of the novel, we meet two young women who are negotiating the complexities of their transnational and racialized identities.  At the center of the story is Lisa Pearl, a Korean-America adoptee who isn’t…