Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC Awards in the Illawarra / Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a national NAIDOC Award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book, The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley, was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally.

Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Her poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and is embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. Kirli has been a Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.

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