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Bonny Cassidy Bonny Cassidy i(A83840 works by) (birth name: Bonny Dot Cassidy)
Also writes as: Boni Kesidi
Gender: Female
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Cassidy undertook her PhD in the Department of English, University of Sydney, researching the poetics of Jennifer Rankin and Jennifer Maiden (qq.v.). She has been a member of the Red Room Company, Australia's only poetry company, and has worked for the company as a researcher. Cassidy edited an anthology of new work by writers featured at Sydney's 2005 'The Salon' debate nights, assisted by the Australia Council for the Arts. She has also worked as a casual tutor and librettist.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 longlisted Peter Porter Poetry Prize for Title
2018 finalist The Joanne Burns Award
2017 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Fellowship Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $10,048.00

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Chatelaine Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 11570142 2017 selected work poetry

'The visitor, the guest. The settler, the host. The pariah. Chatelaine is a collection of poems that thrive in the constructed landscape of lyric poetry. They present a mossy, alien cosmology where aeroplanes are forest-like and ‘signifiers turn to pulp outside the window’. Treating voice as a form of occupation and possession, each poem is keenly aware of the space it claims. Together they invite and exorcise fantasies of metamorphosis, reincarnation and belonging – a language and mood inherited through genealogy, an ethics of kin.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
y separately published work icon Certain Fathoms Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2012 Z1873368 2012 selected work poetry 'Bonny Cassidy's first book, Certain Fathoms, glimmers with precisely observed moments that make a strange place of the familiar. These poems speak not only to each other but to and of other writers: Eve Langley, John Berryman, JS Harry. Cassidy knits seemingly small phrases and events into glimpses of a vast, interconnected whole. There is a mapping-out here that is organic, not programmatic, preoccupied "with more-than-human subjects," the trains of phrase and acquaintance,/ unstopped chains of heat, return, death". Cool, yet engaged, Cassidy's poems swell with the movements people and things make, making them brightly and newly visible.' (Publisher's blurb)
2013 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Poetry
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