Bio

Sandra has published internationally and nationally in journals including Verity La, Eureka StreetRight NowBurley, Hecate (University of Queensland), Axon: Creative Explorations (University of Canberra), Meniscus (University of Canberra), Australian Poetry Journal, Backstory and Other Terrain (Swinburne University).

She has been a featured poet, performing at the National Folk Festival Canberra 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

In 2017 she was placed second in the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize and in 2011 was short listed for the ACT Writers’ Michael Thwaites Award.

Her collections include:

  • The Orlando Files poems by Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press, 2018)
  • Who sleeps at night… poems by Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press, 2017)
  • One Last Border: Poems for refugees edited by Hazel Hall Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press, 2015)
  • Flood, Fire and Drought edited by Suzanne Edgar, Kathleen Kituai, Sandra Renew and Hazel Hall (Ginninderra Press, 2015). This anthology explores the effect of weather events on the Australian landscape showcasing the work of twenty-nine Australian poets with a foreword by Dr Richard Denniss.
  • Projected on the Wall poems by Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press, Pocket Poets series, 2015)
  • This is why a chap book of poems of protest by Sandra Renew (2015)
  • Inventing Siberia poems by Sandra Renew (2014)
  • Triage, a chapbook of poems on Afghanistan in collaboration with artist Karen Bailey, School Of Music Poets (2014)

With Moya Pacey, she co-edits the online women’s poetry journal, Not Very Quiet  and organises monthly poetry readings for women poets at Smith’s Alternative Café in Canberra.

She is the Convenor of Women out of lines: poetry of protest and dissent performing readings at the National Folk Festival 2019.

Sandra’s ongoing project is the interrogation of gender presentation and the LGBTIQAA gender discourses. Her poetry comments on contemporary issues and questions: war, language, environment, climate and the planet’s health, translation, dislocation, migration, terrorism, border crossings, dissent, gender, protest, human rights, freedoms, and is informed by many years working in war zones, in Indigenous communities and on the fringes of heterosexuality.

 

Images by Jacqui Malins