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Brenda Saunders

Brenda is a Sydney artist and poet of Aboriginal and British descent. During her stay as the Dorothy Hewitt Flagship Poetry Fellow in 2012, she produced a chapbook Firestick supported by Varuna and their Resident Poet Deb Westbury. She has since published two poetry collections, her most recent the sound of red (Ginninderra Press 2013). Brenda has also featured in selected anthologies and poetry journals such as AP JournalsOverland and (Black Inc). She is an active member of DiVerse Poets who write and perform their ekphrastic poetry at various Sydney art galleries.

In 2012 Brenda was a featured poet at ‘Poetry in the Caves’ at Jenolan Caves, a Varuna and Sydney Writers Festival event, and last year was a Resident Fellow at CAMAC Arts Centre in France, where she worked translating her poetry into French. Brenda recently won the 2014 Scanlon Poetry Prize for Indigenous Poetry for her collection Looking for Bullin Bullin.