Melanie Mununggurr-Williams is a writer, poet and the 2018 Australian Poetry Slam Champion. A Djapu woman from Yirrkala in North East Arnhem Land, she is a proud wife, and mother of two young children. Melanie’s writing is often focused around family, place and her identity as an Aboriginal woman. As a mother to a child with autism, Melanie is a great advocate for raising autism awareness and uses her poetry as a means to do so.
Melanie has spent the last decade working with families, young people and children involved with juvenile justice and department of children and families. Most recently she has worked as a mentor for young Indigenous women in various girls programs located in schools across the NT.
Melanie writes in her free time. In April, 2018 Melanie had her story published in Anita Heiss’s Anthology “Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia”. She also she won the 2018 Darwin Poetry Cup.