Fiona Wright (born 1983) is an Australian poet and critic.

Fiona Wright
Fiona Wright, February 2019.jpg
Wright at Perth Festival Writers Week in 2019
Born1983 (age 36–37)
OccupationPoet, critic

Life and careerEdit

Fiona Wright grew up in Menai, New South Wales.[1] Wright has completed residencies including an Island of Residencies placement at the Tasmanian Writers' Centre in 2007. She received an Emerging Writers' Grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2010.

Wright's debut collection of poetry, Knuckled (2011) was awarded the Dame Mary Gilmore Award in 2012.[2]

Her book Small Acts of Disappearance: Essays in Hunger (2015) is a collection of ten essays that detail the author's own experience with anorexia. Small Acts of Disappearance won the 2016 Kibble Award,[3] which recognises life writing by women writers, and the 2016 University of Queensland Non-Fiction Book Award in the Queensland Literary Awards.[4] It was also shortlisted for both the 2016 Stella Prize[5] and the 2016 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for non-fiction.[6]

She completed a PhD at the Western Sydney University, Writing and Society Research Centre in 2016.[7]

Her poems featured in the Black Inc. annual anthology of Best Australian Poems in 2015 and 2016.[8][9] Wright is the 2017 Copyright Agency (CAL) New Writer in Residence at University of Technology Sydney.[10] Wright's essay, State Your Intentions, was shortlisted for the 2018 Horne Prize.[11]



  • Knuckled Giramondo Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-1-920882-75-4
  • Domestic Interior Giramondo Publishing, 2017. ISBN 978-1-925336-56-6

Her poetry has also been published in the Age, the Australian’s Literary Review, Black Inc's Best Australian Poetry and in journals and anthologies in Australia, Asia and the USA.[12]

Essay collectionsEdit


  1. ^ O'Leary, Melissa. "'Knuckled' poetically observes life in Western Sydney". University of Western Sydney. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  2. ^ "Fiona Wright wins the Dame Mary Gilmore Award", Giramondo Publishing
  3. ^ "2016 Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers Winners". Perpetual Limited. Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Queensland Literary Awards 2017". Queensland Literary Awards. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Announcing the 2016 Stella Prize shortlist". Retrieved 20 November 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Staging the suburb : imagination, transformation and suburbia in Australian poetry - Version details". Trove. Retrieved 2016-11-20.
  8. ^ "Best Australian Poems 2015". Best Australian Writing. Retrieved 2016-11-19.
  9. ^ The Best Australian Poems 2015 by Geoff Page.
  10. ^ "In Conversation with Fiona Wright". University of Technology Sydney. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  11. ^ "The Horne Prize - News". The Horne Prize. Retrieved 2018-12-04.
  12. ^ "Knuckled | Giramondo Publishing". Retrieved 2016-11-19.

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