West Writers Forum: Parallel Universes
The West Writers Group reflects on love in its various ambiguities. With guest artist, writer Tishani Doshi and West Writers Achut Thuc, Sumudu Samarawickrama, Grace Feng Fang Juan, Jennifer Nguyen, Tiyami Amum and Vanessa Giron.
WHEN: Saturday 31 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm
VENUE: Footscray Community Arts Centre
COST: Full $20 / Concession $15
Tishani Doshi is an award-winning poet, novelist and dancer. She has published six books of fiction and poetry. Her books include poetry collection Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods, which was shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award, and a novel, Small Days and Nights, about a woman making her way alone in contemporary India.
Vanessa Giron is a Latinx writer. She has been published by Meanjin, Junkee, The Lifted Brow, Djed Press and more. In 2019 she was a Hot Desk Fellow with The Wheeler Centre, and she is a proud member of the West Writers Group.
Achut Thuc is a Sudanese/South Sudanese emerging writer. She realised her love of poetry/stories in 5th grade thus started exploring writing eversince. Her work has been featured in the fringe, Melbourne spoken word festival and MWF. She writes on a range of issues; identity, racism, mental illness, relationships and healing. She is a proud member of Footscrary arts centre ‘West Writers group’.
Grace Feng Fang Juan
Grace Feng Fang Juan is a writer, filmmaker based in Melbourne. Actively engaged with the multilingual and trans-cultural space, she writes in Chinese and in English languages, exploring the in-between-ness and fluidity created by her diaspora experience through poets and essays.
Jennifer Nguyen is a Vietnamese-Australian writer, poet and editor. Her writing has been published in Scum Mag, Ibis House, Lor Journal, The Lifted Brow (online), among others and she has performed at West Writers Forum, Melbourne Writers Festival and Emerging Writers’ Festival. She is an editorial mentee at Djed Press, member of West Writers Group and a recipient of a 2019 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship. Jennifer’s first book of poems, “When I die slingshot my ashes onto the surface of the moon’ was a finalist for Subbed In’s 2018 chapbook competition and was published in 2019.
Tiyami Pa’gan Amum
Tiyami Pa’gan Amum is South Sudanese writer and storyteller creating and living in Melbourne. Her works offer a reflection on faith, transformation and the relationships that make us whole.
Sumudu Samarawickrama is from Werribee. Her work has appeared in Boston Review, TLB, Meanjin and Overland. Her first chapbook, Utter the Thing: deciBels 3 is published by Vagabond Press and is currently at work writing a collection of surrealistic sci-fi.
IMAGE: Melbourne Writers Festival 2019. Original photograph by Grace Feng Fang Juan.