Here you will find details of my upcoming events and festival appearances.
Queensland Poetry Festival: Saturday August 25, 12.30-1.30pm
Radical Imagination: panel with RA Briggs, Alison Whittaker, and Tricia Dearborn
Is a better new world made more likely by having imagined its existence? Can utopian dreaming help us write into the future rather than against it? In the context of queer utopias, Bec Jessen leads this exploration of imagination as a radical act of healing.
Queensland Poetry Festival: Sunday August 26, 12-12.30pm
The Bachelorette: A Song Cycle: performance with Zenobia Frost
She’s just a girl in Uggs, standing in front of 22 men, asking them to love her. Rebecca Jessen and Zenobia Frost perform their 12-poem epic charting the highs and lows of Sophie Monk’s experience on The Bachelorette 2017. Who really pissed in Jarrod’s pot plant? Was Bardot’s hit Poison referring to toxic masculinity? Who wears the giraffe onesie when you airdrop a dad-millionaire? Watch what happens when two queer poets spend weeks tethering WiFi off their phones to watch a bunch of straight men play to win a woman’s heart. Bring a sick bag.
Brisbane Writers Festival: Sunday September 9, 10-11am
The Dark and The Light: panel with Shastra Deo, and Zenobia Frost
Three of Brisbane’s leading poets bring to light the contrasting moods in each other’s works. Inspirational, complex, dark, and also vibrant and light, these artists share their insights.
National Young Writers Festival: Thursday September 27 – Sunday September 30
Watch this space after the official program launch on August 31!