Eunice Andrada is a Filipina immigrant poet, teaching artist and performer based between Parañaque and Sydney. Flood Damages (Giramondo 2018) is her first collection of poetry. Her work has been translated and performed in Tagalog, Hiligaynon, French, Japanese, Italian, Spanish and Czech, while her poems have appeared in numerous international journals and anthologies. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. Her work was also shortlisted for the Fair Australia Prize in 2018 and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2019. She has performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House to the UN Climate Negotiations in Paris.
I will use this time to work on writing and editing the early drafts of my second collection of poetry, which will focus on memory, trauma and healing. This will be a marked shift away from narratives surrounding my family’s place in diaspora and it will instead turn inwards to excavate personal memories which I have not had the space to probe. The collaborative, multidisciplinary nature of the residency would aid in the broadening of my poetic language as I build upon the themes of my first poetry collection, Flood Damages.