Gayelene Carbis

Gayelene Carbis is an Australian/Chinese/Irish/Cornish writer who lives and works on the unceded land of the Boonwurrung people. Her first book of poetry, Anecdotal Evidence (Five Islands Press) was awarded Finalist, International Book Awards, 2019 (U.S.). In 2021, she was awarded Second Prize, Newcastle Poetry Prize; and Highly Commended/Commended in the Woorilla, My Brother Jack, Ada Cambridge, and Yeats Poetry Awards. In 2020, she won First Prize, My Brother Jack Poetry Award; was Highly Commended in the Woorilla Poetry Prize; and Finalist in the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize. In prose, Gayelene recently won Second Prize, My Brother Jack Short Story Award; and her work has been Shortlisted/Finalist for various prizes, including The Age/Readings and ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prizes; Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award; Fish Short Story and Memoir Prizes (Ireland); and Best Small Fictions. Her short stories and creative non-fiction have been published widely in journals/anthologies, in Australia and overseas. Gayelene has read her poetry in Australia and internationally, including in New York, Canada, Italy, Greece, and Egypt. She was awarded a Scholarship Poetry
Residency at the Banff Centre, Canada (2012). Gayelene has also written over twenty plays and one-woman shows, staged in Australia and internationally. Gayelene teaches Creative Writing in universities/creative writing programs; is Poet-in-Residence in schools; and works as a creative writing mentor/manuscript assessor. She was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award (Australian College of Applied Psychology, 2010). She is currently teaching English for Academic Purposes at ACU and Poetry at The Avenue. Gayelene was Finalist in the Nilumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing (Poetry) 2022 and is currently nominated for the Ros Spencer Poetry Prize. She has recently completed her first collection of short stories/creative non-fiction.

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