Emilie Zoey Baker is an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam nerd and spoken-word performer who has toured North America, Europe and Asia as a guest of international festivals such as Montréal’s Festival Voix d’Amériques, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Bali (2010, 13/14/15) and Ottawa’s VERSEfest. She was also the winner of the 2010 Berlin International Literature Festival’s poetry slam Slam!Review in which she competed as the first-ever Australian entrant among contestants from ten countries. At home, she performs regularly at arts and literature festivals, and has appeared at the Sydney Opera House and TEDx Melbourne. As well as co-producing and appearing in events such as Elemental: Poetry at the Planetarium for Melbourne’s International Arts Festival. Emilie is co-coordinator of Liner Notes, an annual literary cabaret celebrating a classic album, during the Melbourne Writers Festival. In 2013 she toured Indonesia with the renowned Woman Of Letters storytelling series, performing in Jakarta and Jogjakarta and later that year People Of Letters in NYC. She has received five Artist in schools grants through Arts Victoria well as two extended schools residencies most recently at Melbourne’s Harrisfield Primary School with renowned Australian hip hop artist Mantra MC. She has had visits in schools and universities all over the world and in 2014 she was the first ever Australian poet to be core Faculty at Canada’s Banff centre for the annual spoken word program.
Emilie was a 2014 Fellow at the State Library of Victoria. She has been poet in residence for Museums Victoria, coordinator for the National Australian Poetry Slam, and Education Officer at Australian Poetry and was co-founder of Out Loud, Victoria’s first-ever teen team slam, as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. She has been artist-in-residence in the Utopia Homelands (central Australian desert), working with Australian indigenous children, and was co-founder of ‘No Shame Day’ in the regional town of Armidale, New South Wales.
She is also part of the arts organisation The Guerilla Museum which puts on secret, immersive art shows including Funeral which has toured the Melbourne and Adelaide fringe festivals as well as Dark Mofo and The Brisbane Festival. (Will be coming to Perth, Darwin and Melbourne in 2016, watch out!)
Her poetry has been published widely in Australia and internationally, in journals such as Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Schriftstelle (Germany) and Short Fuse (US), Page Seventeen, Best Australian Love Poems, Unusual Work, The Perfect Diary as well as in three Penguin anthologies, Yours Sincerely, Airmail and Between Us. Her Chapbook She Wore the Sky On Her Shoulders published by Hit&Miss as well as Bombora and Pixellations. She's also had her work translated into Russian and published in the Moscow Times. She's published poems inspired by the films of David Lynch in the collections We Don't Stop Here and A Slice of Cherry Pie (The Private Press, UK & US). She's also the author of 14 children's books published by Book Group Australia and her most recent, Dear All The Women Who Ever Existed Over The Entire Span Of Human History.
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