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Australian writer and researcher Dr Kathryn Hummel is the author of Poems from Here (2014), The Bangalore Set (2015) and the forthcoming Broken Lines: Writings from a Disrupted Lifetime in Bangladesh. Her diverse poetry, photography, fiction and non-fiction has been published and performed throughout Australia (Cordite Poetry Review; Meanjin; Tincture Journal; Transnational Literature), New Zealand (Blackmail Press), the UK (The Letters Page; Bradt Guide to Bangladesh), the US (PopMatters; Quiet Shorts), and Eastern (How Does One Dress to Buy Dragonfruit?), Western (The Gulf Times) and Southern Asia (Himal SouthAsian; Six Seasons Review; Muse India; Four Quarters Magazine). Following a period in Bangladesh as a development work volunteer, Kathryn returned to Dhaka to undertake field research in narrative ethnography, the focus of her PhD in Social Sciences from the University of South Australia.
Kathryn’s work cuts across boundaries of genre, media, discipline, culture and geography. In late 2014 she toured Bangladesh and India with Poems from Here, collaborating with musicians and fellow writers in performance; she has presented her research and writing at university conferences, workshops, literary festivals, guest speaker sessions, art galleries and spoken word events. Kathryn’s work with the experimental Paper Monster Press in the Philippines led to her nomination for the 2013 Pushcart Prize; her poem ‘any form whatsoever’ (un. Magazine 2014) was translated to appear in the Finnish journal Tuli & Savu (2015). Within Australia, Kathryn has been a writer/artist in residence with the Cafe Poet program (2011), run by national writers’ organisation Australian Poetry, and with Vitalstatistix’s Forever Now project (2013). Within India, she has been a writer in residence at No.1ShanthiRoad (2015) and, most recently, was the first resident to work with the Kena Artists’ Initiative in Bangalore. Winner of the Dorothy Porter Award for poetry at the 2013 Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards, Kathryn was longlisted for the inaugural University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in 2014.