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how to make a basket

A powerful and lyrical collection of poetry by the winner of the 2020 David Unaipon Award.

Ships on 31/08/2021

the end of the world was marked with beautiful light

we should have known

Simmering with protest and boundless love, Jazz Money’s David Unaipon Award-winning collection, how to make a basket, examines the tensions of living in the Australian colony today. By turns scathing, funny and lyrical, Money uses her poetry as an extension of protest against the violence of the colonial state, and as a celebration of Blak and queer love. Deeply personal and fiercely political, these poems attempt to remember, revision and re-voice history.

Writing in both Wiradjuri and English language, Money explores how places and bodies hold memories, and the ways our ancestors walk with us, speak through us and wait for us.

Jazz Money

Jazz Money

Jazz Money is a queer poet, filmmaker and educator of Wiradjuri and European heritage. Her poetry work has been published in journals including the Australian Poetry Anthology, Australian Poetry Journal, The Lifted Brow, Westerly, Rabbit, Runway, Running Dog, Lieu and Meniscus, amongst others. Her poems have also appeared alongside, and within, a number of contemporary art exhibitions.

Jazz was the winner of the 2020 David Unaipon Award, runner-up in the 2020 Nakata Brophy Award, and shortlisted for the 2020 Val Vallis Award and the 2020 Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry Prize. She was the inaugural winner of the 2019 FNAWN Aunty Kerry Reed-Gilbert Poetry Prize for Under 30s, and the winner of the 2018 University of Canberra Office of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize.

Jazz grew up moving around rural New South Wales and Victoria. She lives with her partner in the Blue Mountains, grateful to be on the sovereign lands of the Gundungurra and Darug nations. jazz.money