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Following from the much-loved Guwayu anthology, this second collaboration between Red Room Poetry and Magabala Books invites some of the world’s leading First Nations poets together in poetic conversation. This collection weaves words across lands and seas, gathering collaborative threads and shining a light on First Nations poetry from Australia and across the globe.

“By anchoring the project in relationality, Wovens foundation is about how we connect with each other and what we are prepared, as First Nation artists, to offer and receive. The emphasis was about (re)generating poetic First Nations bonds – solidarity, consensus, family, land, oceans, the moon, remembering, dreaming, sharing, opening, mourning, respect, celebrating, finding, losing, healing and more healing.” - Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Poet collaborations in the anthology
Linda Tuhiwai Smith & Jackie Huggins; Ali Cobby Eckermann & Joy Harjo; Natalie Harkin & Leanne Betasamosake Simpson; Samuel Wagan Watson & Sigbjørn Skåden; Tony Birch & Simon J. Ortiz; Ellen Van Neerven & Layli Long Soldier; Evelyn Araluen & Anahera Gildea; Lorna Munro & January Rogers; Alison Whittaker & Nadine Hura; Rhyan Clapham (aka Dobby) & Nils Rune Utsi (aka SlinCraze); Declan Fry & Craig Santos Perez; Bebe Backhouse-Oliver & Peter Sipeli; Jazz Money & Cassandra Barnett; Charmaine Papertalk Green & Anna Naupa; Chelsea Watego & Emma Wehipeihana; Raelee Lancaster & essa may ranapiri


Praise for Woven

“...a gorgeous tapestry of weavings from some fine poets...this book has affirmed to me the incredible things that thoughtful commissioning and intentional editing can do.”
Mykaela Saunders, Australian Book Review

Woven is a one-of-a-kind reading experience, which speaks to the power of First Nations poetry…”
Anthea Yang, Books+Publishing

“As a reviewer for ArtsHub over the last few years, I have worked with an editorial code that reserves a five-star rating for work that genuinely challenges the boundaries of an art form. 'Woven' is the only work I have ever reviewed at that level. It is the first work of its kind, anywhere in the world.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Elizabeth Walton, ArtsHub

Red Room Poetry
Red Room Poetry (RR) is Australia's leading organisation for commissioning, creating, publishing and promoting poetry in meaningful ways. Their poetic projects are created in collaboration with a spectrum of poets, communities and partners for positive impact in core areas of...

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Anne-Marie Te Whiu

Anne-Marie Te Whiu is an Australian-born Māori who belongs to the Te Rarawa iwi in Hokianga, Aotearoa NZ.  She is a poet, editor and weaver. She was a 2021 Next Chapter Fellowship recipient, and her writing has been published widely...

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