Why write poetry when nobody ever reads it?
Sunday 12 June
1.00 – 2.00pm
Meet Judith Rodriguez, Poet
Sunday 12 June
3.00 – 4.00pm
1 Doepel Street Bellingen
JUDITH RODRIGUEZ AM is a poet, librettist and teacher. Her collections – some with her linocuts – include New And Selected Poems (University of Queensland Press 1988). Her chapbooks include Terror (2002) and Manatee (Picaro Press 2008). The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites – a long ballad with historical account and lyrics – was issued by Arcade Books in 2012.
She has read at venues world-wide and taught in universities in Australia, London, Jamaica, the United States and India.
She was awarded the South Australian Government Prize for Literature (1978), the Peter Stuyvesant / PEN Poetry Prize (1981) and in 1994 the FAW C.J. Brennan Prize for Poetry. One of Judith’s most highly-regarded collections, Mudcrab at Gambaro’s (1980), received both the Sydney PEN Golden Jubilee Award for Poetry and the Artlook/Shell Literary Award in 1981.
Judith collaborated with Robyn Archer on a play Poor Johanna, and with composer Moya Henderson on the opera Lindy, produced by Opera Australia in the Sydney Opera House in 2002.
She was poetry editor for Meanjiin journal (1979-1981), and series editor at Penguin Books Australia in the 1990s. She is an Honorary Fellow of Deakin University and works for International PEN.
Her latest volumes titled Flares and The Feather Boy and Other Poems are published by Mark Time Press (2016) and Puncher and Wattmann (2016) respectively.