Emma Rose Smith is a writer, editor, creative educator and arts organiser living on Gadigal-Wangal land. She is the director of Unspoken Words Storytelling. She also co-produces Word in Hand (a monthly poetry gig in Sydney) and is the Poetry Object Producer at Red Room Poetry, where she facilitates creative learning for young people and professional development for teachers. Her writing is published in various print publications and has been featured at the National Library of Australia, the National Young Writers’ Festival, the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Noted Writers’ Festival, Wollongong Writers’ Festival, Little Fictions, Subbed In, Enough Said Poetry Slam and various other spaces.
I will be producing works of poetry and prose, and working on performance skills, with the idea of developing a new extended performance piece. I will also use my time in the studio to study chronic illness and chronic pain, and the myriad ways in which these conditions intersect with creative practice and self-expression. I hope to further understand my own chronic pain condition through reading, listening, and time with other artists who have lived experience of chronic illness and chronic pain.