Guest Speaker Recap: Kent MacCarter, Editor

Last week the BWAP students had the opportunity to speak to Kent MacCarter, Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review, as part of our guest speaker program. Regrettably, I hadn’t made it to many talks this semester, so was eager to make the most of this one. Fortunately, Kent was an articulate speaker with plenty of wisdom to impart. The discussion he facilitated was intimate and stimulating. I appreciated how forthcoming he was regarding his views on the industry, and his generosity when responding to audience queries. joyful strainsKent spoke principally about Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, an ambitious publishing project that addresses our national identity and the immigration experiences of its contributors. Published by Affirm Press, Joyful Strains (co-edited by Kent and Ali Lemer) is a collection of twenty-seven autobiographical essays from writers who – at least at the time of publication – resided in Australia, but hailed from all over the globe. Through personal lenses, these writers have crafted essays that explore the perks, challenges and unspoken reality of living in a multicultural society. As a UK-born Australian, I’ve always been interested in the migrant’s perspective and look forward to reading (and possibly reviewing) the free copy Kent generously provided. Continue reading