nandi chinna


Poetry Publications  -  Collections

"Swamp : Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain"

Published by
Fremantle Press, 2014
can buy here

Chinna 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 Sydney


"Our Only Guide is our Homesickness" by Nandi Chinna

"Our Only
Guide is our Homesickness"

Selected for the Five Islands Press New Poets Publishing Program.
Oct 2007.

"How to Measure Land" by Nandi Chinna

"How to Measure Land"

Picaro Press, Winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival poetry prize. 2010



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 Jenkins. 2010
Antipodes, Ed Margaret Bradstock. Phoenix Education 2011

Out of The Box, an anthology of Australian Gay and Lesbian Poetry.
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 Fremantle. 2006
Poets Corner. Readers from Pages Café.
Frances Macauley Forde.2005
Mandurah Arts Festival Anthology.
(second prize winner. 1998)
Transitions. Ed. Justina Williams.
Published by City of Fremantle 1996

Other Poetry Publications

Swamp, 2008
UK based Buddhist Journal, 2008
June 2007
Arena. Feb-March 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
Going Down Swinging. #24.
Pemberton Northcliffe Post and Rail.
Editor Chris Roycroft.1998
Navigations. Broadsheet. Issue 10.
Blue Crow Press. Ed. Mike Williams. 1996
Hot Gos. #20,# 24.
Editor Ceri Alder.1993
Whereabouts Unknown.  

Radio Broadcasts

RTRFM – “The Weight of Dreams’ broadcast during Perth Poetry Festival 2006
“ Mountain Bones” broadcast during Perth Poetry Festival 2006
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.
– July 2007. Five Island Poets reading and interview.
Radio National 8.10 AM –
Poetica, Oct 2009


Voicebox reading Dec 2007


Voicebox. 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 1998.

Pages reading, 2009

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.

With the Five Islands Poets at Glee Books, 2007


Ruth Faulkner Library. Guest reader. March 2007
Local and Vocal. Guest reader. Fremantle Festival. 2006
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. Dec 2005

Web based fiction publications

1001 nights cast. Short stories Ralph (29th July 2006), and ‘Ink Stained Fingers’ (20th Sept 2006) The Crow (March 2007) published and performed by Barbara Campbell.





out walking
teaching & workshops
earth works