The 2017 Arts Queensland Poet in Residence, Courtney Sina Meredith, is a poet, playwright, fiction writer and musician. Her play Rushing Dolls (2010) won a number of awards and was published by Playmarket in 2012. She launched her first book of poetry, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick (Beatnik), at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair and her debut book of short stories Tail of the Taniwha was launched in 2016. Meredith describes her writing as an ‘ongoing discussion of contemporary urban life with an underlying Pacific politique’.
Her poetry and prose have been translated into Italian, German, Dutch, French and Bahasa Indonesia. She is of Samoan, Mangaian and Irish descent. Meredith holds a degree in English and Political Studies from the University of Auckland, where she also studied Law and co-edited Spectrum 5 (Penguin). She is currently a writer in residence for the prestigious International Writing Program’s Fall Residency at the University of Iowa.