Poetry lends itself to being lifted off pages and into the air. When asked to read their own work poets might consider how and why some verses wield performative power in terms of theme, rhythm and sounds. Some resonate and echo — travel through space with striking clarity or confounding chaos. Join Alex Skovron, Anna Jacobson, Louise Helfgott and Magdalena Ball and Eva Collins as they reveal the inner workings of their process, with fellow poet Shoshy Rockman as facilitator.


Louise Helfgott

Louise Helfgott is an award-winning writer with a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University. Recent credits include Thistledown Seed, published July 2022 by Brandl and Schlesinger and shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Awards, 2018, WA Premier’s Book Awards 2023; Potchnagoola, commissioned and staged by the Katharine Susannah Prichard Centre, October 2019; Light of her Eye…

Anna Jacobson

Anna Jacobson is an award-winning writer and artist from Meanjin (Brisbane). She has written and illustrated three books: a memoir – How to Knit a Human (NewSouth, 2024); and the poetry collections Anxious in a Sweet Store (Upswell, 2023) and Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019). In 2020 Anna won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing and…

Alex Skovron

Alex Skovron is the author of seven collections of poetry, a prose novella and a book of short stories. He was born in Poland, lived briefly in Israel, and migrated to Australia as a boy. His most recent collection is Letters from the Periphery; his earlier volume of new and selected poems, Towards the Equator,…

Eva Collins

Eva Collins is a writer and photographer. Her memoir, Ask No Questions, was shortlisted for the 2023 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the Mary Gilmore Award. Her poems appeared in the Best Australian Poems, Quadrant, Southerly, Westerly, Cordite Review and the New Castle Poetry Prize Anthology.

Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is a writer, reviewer, moderator, interviewer, Vice President of Flying Island, and Managing Editor of Compulsive Reader. Her writing has appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies, and has won many awards. She is the author of several novels and poetry books, most recently, Bobish, a verse-memoir of her great-grandmother Rebecca…

Shoshy Rockman

Shoshy Rockman began to write three years ago — an exponential leap into work that is edgy, raw and humourful. A feminist humanist slant. A scientific twist. A steely desire. To bridge gulfs. Brave wolves and ride dragons bareback. National and international awards trail. In the wake. Of her words.