Melinda Smith

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Melinda Smith (born 1971) is an Australian poet.

She won the poetry section of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards in 2014 for her collection Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call.[1] The award citation said, "From its range of technique and tone to its depth of ideas, imagery and emotion, this collection announces the arrival of a major new poet."[2]

She was the Poetry Editor of The Canberra Times between June 2015 and June 2017.[3]

She lives in Canberra with her partner and their two sons. One of their sons has been diagnosed with autism, which has been the subject of many of her poems, including the entire collection First – Then – : Poems from Planet Autism.[4]

Poetry collections[edit]

  • Pushing Thirty, Wearing Seventeen (Ginninderra Press, 2001)
  • Mapless in Underland (Ginninderra Press, 2004)
  • First – Then – : Poems from Planet Autism (Ginninderra Press, 2012)
  • Drag Down to Unlock or Place an Emergency Call (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013)
  • Goodbye, Cruel (Pitt Street Poetry, 2017)
  • 1962: Be Spoken To (collaboration with artist Caren Florance) (Limited edition artist's book, 2015-2017)
  • Members Only (collaboration with artist Caren Florance) (Recent Work Press, 2017)


  1. ^ 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award winners Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  2. ^ Judges' Comments Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  3. ^ "Melinda Smith". ANU Legal Workshop. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ George Thomas, "Woman Alive", Quadrant, July–August 2014, pp. 139-40.

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