In this episode Kate speaks with poet, academic and co-editor of Overland Literary Journal, Evelyn Araluen.
Evelyn Araluen was born and raised on Dharug country and is a descendent of the Bundjalung Nation. Her widely published criticism, fiction and poetry have been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund Grant. Evelyn’s debut work is Dropbear, published by UQP.
During this interview, we discuss:
- The inspiration behind the poetry and prose in Dropbear
- Co-editing Overland (more here via The Garret podcast)
- How learning Bundjalung language changed the way Evelyn writes
- Working with Ellen Van Neerven
- ‘freeze-framing’ her poems
- Reading habits (more here via KYD Shelf Reflection)
- Do we need to write or do we need to organise?
- How Evelyn structures (or attempts to structure!) her working week
Writing as an isolated act is not a healthy way to do it: Go to events, go to launches, submit regularly, be open to learning, be open to community, be open to critique.
She recommends Adam Thompson’s debut collection of short stories, Born Into This, published by UQP