Brenda Saunders

Brenda is a Sydney poet and artist of Aboriginal and British descent. She has published three collections of poetry and her work has appeared in major anthologies and journals, including Australian Poetry Journal, Overland , Southerly, and Best Australian Poems 2013 and 2015 (Black Ink). In 2010 Brenda won the Banjo Patterson Poetry Prize and in 2014 the Scanlon Poetry Prize and the Woolahra Literary Prize. In 2015 her she was a finalist in the prestigious Aesthetica Prize (UK) and the International Vice-Chancellors Poetry Prize (University of Canberra). Brenda was recently awarded the 2016 Mick Dark Varuna Environmental Writers’ Fellowship for her manuscript ‘Understorey’. Brenda enjoys the spoken word in poetry and has performed in various events at the Sydney and Queensland Writers’ Festivals. She is a member of DiVerse Poets who write and perform their ekphrastic poetry in Sydney art galleries.