Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion.
Melanie is a Djapu writer from Yirrkala in East Arnhem Land. She is one of about 4600 speakers of Yolnu-Matha. Her first poetry book will be published by Penguin in 2020. Watch her perform two poems at Sydney Opera House –
“I Run” and “Double Threat”
Melanie recently toured North America including Banff Art Centre, Blue Metroplois Festival, Montreal and the Nuyorican Poets Café.
In 2019, she will tour to festivals in Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Ubud, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau.
Melanie spent the last decade working with families, young people and children involved with juvenile justice and department of children and families. She works as a mentor for young Indigenous women in programs across the Northern Territory. Other publications include “Grey” a short story in the anthology Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia in 2018.