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2022 Bundanon Writers Week Poetry Commission

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Isabella Luna



Inspired by ‘The Sharks’ c.2001 and ‘Shark Bay’ 2002 by Reuben Ernest Brown this work was written on unceded Dharawal and Yuin Country.

Isabella Luna is a queer writer, performing artist and tea-enthusiast living on Dharawal Country in NSW, Australia. They hold a BCA (Hons) in Writing from the University of Wollongong. In 2020 they won the Heroines Festival Poetry Award and between 2014–2019 they were a main coordinator and emcee of Enough Said Poetry Slam. Their work has been featured in various festivals and publications, including: the Heroines Festival; Cordite Poetry Review; the Wollongong Writers Festival; Baby Teeth Journal; Sydney’s Story-Fest; and once in Texas via Skype.

This poem was commission by Bundanon and the South Coast Writers Centre as part of the 2022 Bundanon Writers Week program.

Poets were invited to write a poem in response to works by Reuben Ernest Brown (Uncle Ben Brown) from the exhibition The River and the Sea


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