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a rawlingsMany things are hard to compress – space, time, place, affection, the depth and breadth of a rawlings’ energy and discipline for all matters soundthoughtmind – and our excitement about having her join Same Same But Different at Poets House this Friday in New York.

Because compression would not do justice to her extensive works, please find her bio here:

a rawlings is a poet, arts educator, and interdisciplinarian who has presented and/or published work in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her first book, Wide slumber for lepidopterists (Coach House Books, 2006) received the Alcuin Award for Design. The book is currently being adapted for stage production by experimental puppeteer Sigga Sunna Reynisdóttir and composer Valgeir Sigurðsson. rawlings is an active collaborator and improvisation enthusiast. She works frequently with Maja Jantar and Matt Ceolin. She is also currently penning a reactive libretto for Longitude in collaboration with composer Davíð Brynjar Franzson and new media artists Davyde Wachell and Halldór Arnar Úlfarsson.

rawlings received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship in 2009 and 2010, enabling her to research Icelandic, improvisation, nordicity, and volcanology for the development and presentation of new work in Belgium, Canada, and Iceland. Most recently, she was selected the 2012 Queensland Poet-in-Residence; during her tenure, she spent three months in Australia developing Gibber, an interdisciplinary project that combines poetry, acoustic ecology, and counter-mapping. In 2013, her work Áfall / Trauma was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrghts. She is finishing a Masters in Environmental Ethics and Natural Resource Management at the University of Iceland.

For those based in Queensland, you may be familiar with her work. I had the pleasure of seeing Angela several times as the Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, where her work was challenging, engaging, divisive, beautifying, mesmerising and hypnotic in equal measure. rawlings’ work is always balanced in thought and care and I cannot be more delighted that she is coincidentally in New York at this time and able to join us from the even-icier-than-here-land of Iceland.

To give you an entry into her work, I’d love to point you to her mutli-experiential piece Gibber, which was created while she was Poet in Residence, mainly because it’s a website that I feel you can get deliciously lost in multiple times. More broadly, her work is playful and complex and full of the possible, you’d be welcome to share her unique performance style with us later this week.


  • Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY 10282.
  • By Subway: Take the 1, 2, 3, A or C lines to Chambers Street Station. Walk west along Chambers Street all the way to the end (Rockefeller Park, along the Hudson River). Turn left and walk along River Terrace two blocks – Poets House is at the corner of Murray and River Terrace
  • Friday 17 January 2014, 6.00pm – 7.00pm
  • Entry by donation and open to the public

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.


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