New grantee Eunice Andrada is a Filipina-Australian poet whose work explores the themes of ecological trauma, violence, immigration, diaspora, and the power of women of colour.

Eunice has performed her work on the stages of the Sydney Opera House and the UN Climate Summit. Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Books 2018), was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Eunice will be supported by a Cultural Trust grant to undertake a research and development writing residency at Sulu Garden Artist Residency in Miag-ao, Iloilo, Philippines.

How would you describe your current artistic practice?

I’m a poet and teaching artist who presents writing and performance workshops in schools and community centres across Australia. Since the publication of my first collection of poetry Flood Damages (Giramondo Books 2018), I have begun researching and writing towards a new collection of ecopoetics.

What drew you to poetry? Where did your journey with it begin?

I’m in love with the precision of poetry, its unique economy of language. The ability of poetry to find the essence of a moment, a history, an emotion is breathtaking. I began writing and performing in 2013 and have since read and performed my work everywhere from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Summit.

What led you to apply for a Cultural Trust grant? How do you think your residency will help develop your artistic practice?

I applied for a Cultural Trust grant because it provides targeted support for the artistic undertaking I need to develop my practice. This residency program is vital to my advancement as a socially conscious poet, performer and community member. Its unique learning and development program will provide the essential spaces and structures for exploration as I critically engage with new ideas on ecopoetics, people and place.

What do you envisage for the next stage in your career?

I see myself continuing to grow as a writer, teaching artist and performer, with a new collection of ecopoetics out in the near future.