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Bio: Anita Patel is a writer (and retired teacher) who has lived in Canberra since 1982. She is as Australian as a banana paddle pop and a pair of sandy thongs and she is also a part of the Asian diaspora. She spends a lot of time browsing in bookshops, reading in cafes, and jotting in notebooks. She has had work published in the Canberra Times, in Conversations (Pandanus Press, ANU), in Block 9, Burley Journal, be:longing journal, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Demos Journal, Mascara Literary Review, Not Very Quiet Journal and by Wombat Books. Her children’s poems have been published in the NSW School Magazine and in an anthology Pardon My Garden, published by Harper Collins. Her poem Women’s Talk won the ACT Writers Centre Poetry Prize in 2004 and her poetry has recently been selected for Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry ACT, 2018. She has performed her work at many events including at the Canberra Multicultural Festival, Slamboree (at The Front Café), Poetry on the Move Festival (at University of Canberra), Noted Festival, Floriade Fringe Festival, In Other Words Festival (at Lost in Books, Fairfield), The Other Moderns (Hotel Hotel) and at Word in Hand in Glebe. She was the feature poet for the Mother Tongue Showcase at Belconnen Arts Centre in 2016. Her review, Found in Translation, on the performances of four Japanese women poets and their translators at Poetry on the Move Festival, 2017 was published by Not Very Quiet Journal in October. She is the guest editor for Issue 2 of Not Very Quiet Journal.

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