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About Sara M Saleh

Sara M Saleh is a writer, human rights lawyer, organiser, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon. Her poems, short stories, and essays have been published widely in English and Arabic in Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Red Room, Kill Your Darlings, Rabbit Poetry Journal, SBS, and in anthologies the Sweatshop Women’s Anthology: Volume II, Racism, Making Mirrors, Solid Air, A Blade of Grass, Groundswell: The Best of Australian Poetry, Borderless: a transnational anthology of feminist poetry, and Another Australia. She is co-editor of the groundbreaking 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories on Race and Identity.

Sara made history as the first poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. Her debut novel SONGS FOR THE DEAD AND THE LIVING (Affirm Press, 2023) was shortlisted for the Khairallah Prize for Literature and a NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and her full-length poetry collection, THE FLIRTATION OF GIRLS (UQP, 2023) is currently shortlisted for the 2024 ALS Gold Medal, the ALS Mary Gilmore Award and won the 2023 Anne Elder Award.

She is the recipient of the inaugural Affirm fellowship for Sweatshop writers, Neilma Sidney travel grant, Varuna writers residency, and Amant New York writers residency, among other honours. 

Sara has run poetry workshops in countless classrooms, community spaces, and festivals across the country, and has performed nationally and internationally. Her latest collaborative project, Muslim Poetry Project: Retreat and Anthology, is underway.

She is based on Bidjigal land with her partner and beloved three cats and pup they affectionately named belly hooks.

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