Poetry Publications -
"Swamp : Walking the Wetlands
of the Swan Coastal Plain"
Fremantle Press, 2014
uncovers the lost places that exist beneath the townscape of
Perth. For the last four years the poet has walked the
wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain – and she has walked the
paths and streets where the wetlands once were.
Chinna writes with great poignancy and beauty of our
inability to return, and the ways in which we can use the
dual practice of writing and walking to reclaim what we have
lost. Her poems speak with urgency about wetlands that are
under threat from development today.
Praise for the book
‘I found reading
this sequence of poems moving, exciting, engaging, often sad
and melancholic. It left me wanting to know more.’
Susan Hawthorne, James Cook University
‘This body of poetry differs significantly from
other bodies of poetry which deal with nature in that the
poems are not produced within the nature/culture binary. I
am not aware of any other body of work that is located
within an urban space and actually works across this binary
opposition. These poems do this with exquisite care and
attention and in doing so, achieve their goal, not so much
of learning to take care of our small patches, although that
is an important practical outcome, but in developing a
language that does not negate the very thing it wishes to
preserve.’ Margaret Somerville, University of
is our Homesickness"
Selected for the Five Islands Press New Poets Publishing Program.
"How to Measure Land"
Picaro Press, Winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival poetry prize.
Art/text project with illustrator Andrea Smith. 2012
Birdlife. With Michael Farrell, Graeme Miles, Nyanda
Smith, Perdita Phillips. Lethologica Press 2011
Law and Implulse, Maths and Chemistry Poems. Ed Carol
Antipodes, Ed Margaret Bradstock. Phoenix Education 2011
Out of The Box, an anthology of Australian Gay and
Eds Micheal Farrell and Jill Jones. 2009
Voices from the Meadow. Woolongong Workshop 2007.
Weighing of the Heart. OOTA anthology June 2007
Reading the Collection. Fremantle Arts Centre and City of
Poets Corner. Readers from Pages Café. Frances Macauley
Mandurah Arts Festival Anthology. (second prize winner.
Transitions. Ed. Justina Williams. Published by City
of Fremantle 1996
Other Poetry Publications
based Buddhist Journal, 2008
Indigo. June 2007
The Weekend Australian.
Ed Barry Hill. Oct 2006
Blue Dog. Vol 10.
Australia Foundation. Oct 2006
Poetry Pendulum. Chisholm Institute. Dandenong. Vic. Oct 2006
Swinging. #24. 2006
Post and Rail. Editor Chris Roycroft.1998
Navigations. Broadsheet. Issue 10. Blue
Crow Press. Ed. Mike Williams. 1996
Hot Gos. #20,# 24. Editor Ceri
RTRFM – “The Weight of Dreams’ broadcast during Perth Poetry
6PRFM – “ Mountain Bones” broadcast during Perth Poetry Festival
Radio National 8.10 AM – The Proper Shoes” - broadcast 29th
October 2006. Some of my poems were used in the script of this play
and I was also a performer in the show.
6EBAFM – July 2007.
Five Island Poets reading and interview.
Radio National 8.10 AM –
Poetica, Oct 2009
Extended reading and talk on Mentorship’s. Feb 2006.
Pages. Alexander Library Café. Guest reader, Sept 2005
Queer Readings. The Blue Room. Pride Festival Sept 2004.
Write Out Loud. Court Hotel. Northbridge. Sept 1998
Women writers and performers network. Guest reader, May
Five Islands Press New Poets Tour. July
2007. South Coast Writers Centre,Wollongong, Varuna Writers
Centre, Katoomba, Gleebooks, Sydney, Dantes, Fitzroy, Melbourne,
Aust Poetry Centre, St Kilda, Melbourne, The Albion, Castlemaine,
Kidogo Art house, Fremantle, The Glass House Perth WA.
Ruth Faulkner Library.
Guest reader. March 2007
Local and Vocal. Guest reader. Fremantle
Perth Poetry Festival. Opening night event.
Guest reader. Sept 2006
‘Take me To Varuna.’ Poetry performance
with musician Danna Stevenson. La
Tropicana Café. Fremantle. August 2006.
Working the Word. End of year performance. Perth Waldorf School.
Web based fiction publications
1001 nights cast. Short stories Ralph
2006), and ‘Ink Stained Fingers’ (20th Sept 2006)
The Crow (March
2007) published and performed by Barbara