Created to remember Tina Kane, who had been for twenty years – as a 2014 citation of her noted – ‘a presence to rely on, engaging with writers, locals and visitors, making them feel welcome in the space she creates around herself, which is one of curiosity, intimacy and genuine good will.’ Tina was particularly welcoming to young and newly emergent writers, who often expressed their gratitude for her personal warmth and attention.
More about Tina Kane: tinakaneblog.wordpress.com
Previous winners are:
2022 Sam Morley
2021 Taonga Sendama
Link to 2021 livestream presentation
2020 Charlotte Guest
Link to 2020 livestream presentation
2019 Ellen van Neerven
2018 Louise Allen
2017 Natalie Harkin
2016 Emily Bitto
We are delighted to announce that Wen-Juenn Lee is the 2023 recipient of the Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award.
Wen-Juenn is a Malaysian Chinese poet living on Wurundjeri Country (Melbourne). In her writing, she is interested in gaps, leaks and spillage, which often take the form of place, memory, the body, and her family. Her writing has been published in Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Going Down Swinging, among others, and has appeared in installations across Australia and New Zealand. She was awarded a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship for 2022 and is a current artist for the KINGS Artist Run Emerging Writers Program. She has performed at The Wheeler Centre’s ‘Next Big Thing’, for Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, and was commissioned by Meanjin to write and perform a response to Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ at the University of Melbourne’s ‘Epic & Divine’ exhibition. Her writing has been highly commended in the Liminal x Panterra Press Non-Fiction Prize, the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize in New Zealand, and was runner up in the Meanjin x University of Melbourne Poetry Prize. She previously served as a poetry editor at Voiceworks.