Personal details

Name
Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt
Position(s)
Associate Professor (CW & LS)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Creative Practice,
Creative Writing
Discipline *
Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Phone
+61 7 3138 8261
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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Qualifications

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) (New York University), Master of Philosophy English (Writing) (University of Queensland), BArts Hons Class I (Literary Studies) (University of Queensland)

Professional memberships
and associations
  • Australian-American Fulbright Alumni Association
  • PEN International (Sydney chapter)
Keywords

Australian Poetry, Contemporary Australian Fiction, American Poetry, Contemporary American Fiction, 20th Century American Literature

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning poet, editor and critic, and a member of QUT’s Creative Writing faculty. Educated at New York University and the University of Queensland, she is the recipient of a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell colonies in the United States, the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, an Asialink Literature residency in Japan, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. In 2016, she was awarded the CHASS Australia Prize for Future Leader in the Humanities.

Her first book, Aria (UQP, 2008) was the recipient of a number of national literary awards, including the Thomas Shapcott Prize for Poetry, the Arts A.C.T. Judith Wright Poetry Prize and the F.A.W. Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted in both the New South Wales and Queensland Premiers’ Literary Awards for Poetry. Aria was also commended in The Age newspaper’s 2009 Poetry Book of the Year prize, and was a set text on the VCE Literature curriculum from 2011-2014. Her second book, The Hazards (UQP, 2015) won the 2016 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the AFAL John Bray Memorial Prize, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, and the Queensland Literary Awards, and named as a Book of the Year in the Australian Book Review, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian.

Her poems have been widely published in Australian and international literary journals and anthologies and have been translated into German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Bahasa Indonesian and Japanese; a Spanish translation of The Hazards, Los Peligros, was published with Vaso Roto (Spain and Mexico) in 2018. Holland-Batt was editor of Black Inc’s The Best Australian Poems 2017 and The Best Australian Poems 2016, and also works as the Poetry Editor of Island, one of Australia’s leading literary journals, and as an advisor to many industry bodies. She writes poetry, fiction, and criticism, and researches in the area of contemporary Australian and American poetics, with a particular interests in the lyric poem, ekphrasis and visual poetics, gender and feminist theory.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt.

Teaching

Teaching experience

Course Coordinator:

  • KWB215: Dangerous Ideas: Contemporary Debates in Writing
  • KWB212: Poetry and Poetics
  • KWB333: Advanced Practice 3
  • KWB332: Advanced Practice 2
  • KWB232: Advanced Practice 1
  • KWB313: Novel and Memoir

Co-Coordinator:

  • KWB101: Introduction to Creative Writing

Teaching and Lecturing Staff:

  • KWB302: Novel and Genre
  • KWB101: Introduction to Creative Writing
  • KWB303: Writing and Publishing Industry
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt.

Experience

Publishing Industry Engagement:

  • Judge, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Fiction & Poetry Panel (2017-)
  • Board Director, Australian Book Review (2017-)
  • Board Director, Australian Poetry (2016-2017)
  • Coordinator, QUT-Queensland Poetry Festival Industry Partnership (2016-)
  • Poetry Editor, Island (2014-)
  • Inaugural W.D. Booth/Island Mentorship Scheme Mentor (2014)
  • Judge, Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (2014-)
  • Judge, Queensland Literary Awards Unpublished Manuscript Prize (2014-2016)
  • Judge, Arts Queensland Val Vallis Poetry Prize (2013, 2014)
  • Australian Poetry National Advisory Council (2013, 2014)
  • Inaugural Mentor, Australian Poetry Mentorship Scheme (2013)
  • Brisbane Writers Festival Poetry Advisory Committee (2013)
  • Editorial Consultant, Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, New York (2011-2012)
  • Editorial Assistant, New Directions Publishing, New York (2010-2011)
  • Poetry Consultant, Hardie Grant Publishing, Melbourne (2009)

Selected Residencies and International Literary Festivals:

  • Chateau de Lavigny Fellowship, Lavigny, Switzerland (2017)
  • International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua (2017)
  • StAnza International Poetry Festival, St Andrews, Scotland (2016)
  • Buenos Aires International Poetry Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2016)
  • Poetas Di(n)versos, A Coruna, Galicia, Spain (2016)
  • Fundación Vicente Risco, Allariz, Galicia, Spain (2016)
  • Yaddo Literature Residency, Saratoga Springs, New York, U.S.A. (2015)
  • Hawthornden Fellowship, Hawthornden Castle, Midlothian, Scotland (2014)
  • Mexico City International Poetry Festival, Coyoacan, Mexico (2014)
  • MacDowell Fellowship, MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire, U.S.A. (2013)
  • Yale Writer’s Conference, New Haven, U.S.A. (2013)
  • Puisi International Poetry Festival, Java, Indonesia (2012)
  • International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua (2011)
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury, U.K. (2010)
  • Australia Council for the Arts Literature Residency, B.R. Writing Studio, Rome, Italy (2010)
  • Charles Sturt University Writer in Residence, Wagga Wagga, Australia (2009)
  • Asialink Literature Residency, Aichi Shukutoku University, Nagoya, Japan (2007)
  • Visiting Writer, Chukyo University, Nagoya, Japan (2007)
  • Dorothy Hewett Fellow, Varuna Writer’s House, Katoomba, Australia (2007)
This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Sarah Holland-Batt.

Publications

For publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Winner, 2016 Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry, for The Hazards
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2018
Details
Project Funding, Literature ($31300)
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2016
Details
Awarded a 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship ($160,000)
Type
Recipient of an Australia Council Grant or Australia Council Fellowship
Reference year
2015
Details
Australia Council New Work Fellowship ($40000)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2016
Details
Winner, 2016 CHASS Australia Prize for Future Leader
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2017
Details
Juror, Prime Minister's Literary Awards - Poetry and Fiction Panel
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2017
Details
Appointed Editor, The Best Australian Poems 2017
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2018
Details
Appointed Board Director, Australian Book Review
Type
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
2014
Details
Poetry Editor, Island Magazine
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
W.G. Walker Memorial Alumni Fulbright Scholarship

Supervision

Current supervisions

  • Poetics of Urbanism
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rohan Wilson
  • Writing Women: A feminist study of playwrights' construction of female protagonists in selected mainstream Australian plays of the twenty-first century
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Caroline Heim
  • Fostering resilience through performance poetry in social-ecological systems
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Keith Armstrong

Completed supervisions (Masters by Research)