Laurie May

Laurie May is the Artistic and Festival Director for the Red Dirt Poetry Festival and The Dirty Word. After winning the Central Australia Poetry Slam in 2012, Laurie went on to create a safe space for poetry creation and a platform for sharing in Alice Springs and now mentors newcomers to the poetry scene as well as facilitates workshops in schools in remote communities of the Northern Territory. Originally hailing from the Gulf of Carpentaria, Laurie has always moved with the prevailling winds and has found herself at home in Alice Springs where she writes poetry about shared histories, loss, poverty and cultural dissonance weaving intricate metaphors and finding beauty in the everyday.