nandi chinna


At Satyananda Ashram, Rocklyn, Victoria, 1986Nandi 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 Poetica. Her short stories Ralph and Ink Stained Fingers were performed in London as part of the web based installation 1001 nights, by performance artist Barbara Campbell. Her latest 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 Festival, 2015;  SKRYF – with Gijs van Bon, Fremantle Festival, 2015; Anthologia - 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.


out walking
teaching & workshops
earth works