Chinna was born in Adelaide in 1964. She spent seven years
living in yoga ashrams in NSW and Victoria before moving to
Perth in 1990. Nandi graduated with creative arts PhD from Edith
Cowan University in 2014. She currently works as a research
consultant, specialising in social and ecological histories.
Nandi is an award winning poet, and facilitates workshops on the
art of Poepatetics —
the practice of walking and writing in order to connect with the
natural world and foster creative responses to nature.
Nandi’s first collection of poetry Our Only Guide is our
homesickness was published in the Five Islands Press New
Poets publishing program in 2007. Her chap book How to
Measure Land won the Byron Bay Writers Festival Picaro
Poetry prize in 2010.
Her latest poetry book
Swamp; walking the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain was
published by Fremantle Press in 2014.
Her wetland poem ‘Cut and
Paste Lake’ won the 2014 Tom Collins Poetry Prize.
Nandi’s poetry and essays have been widely published in national
and international journals and anthologies and her poetry has
been broadcast on ABC Radio National’s
Her short stories
were performed in London as part of the web based installation
1001 nights, by performance artist Barbara Campbell.
article Swamp was
published in the Griffith Review 47,
Looking West, 2015.
Nandi has worked on a number of collaborative projects with
other artists including: Speaking in Strings – poetry performance with musician Danna
Checksfield 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014;
Birdlife - with
Michael Farrell, Graeme Miles, Nyanda Smith, Perdita Phillips.
Lethologica Press 2011;
Alluvium – Art text project with illustrator Andrea Smith.,
Art/Text/House Clearing Project, Lethologia Press, 2012;
In Conversation –
sculptural collaboration with Nein Schwarz, Danna Checksfield,
and Michael Wingate, 2014;
Hack the Festival – digital cartography project, Perth
SKRYF – with Gijs van
Bon, Fremantle Festival, 2015;
- poetry/ art project with Steven J Finch and Alina Tang, 2015.
Nandi recently curated the exhibition,
Re-Imagining Perth’s Lost
Wetlands, which told the story of Perth’s swampy past and
re-imagined the site of Perth pre- colonisation in 1829.
Her passions and interests include poetry, walking wild, seeking
encounters with non-human species, swamps, spaces of dereliction
and beauty, and seeking way better ways to live in mutuality
with our earth home.