Sarah Holland-Batt

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Sarah Holland-Batt (born 1982) is a contemporary Australian poet and academic.


Born in Southport, Queensland, Sarah Holland-Batt grew up in Australia and Denver, Colorado.[1] She was educated at the University of Queensland, where she received First Class Honours in Literary Studies and an MPhil in English, and at New York University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar[2] and attained an M.F.A.

Holland-Batt is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, a Hawthornden Castle residency, and an Australia Council for the Arts Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome. Her poems have appeared in numerous international newspapers, periodicals and magazines, including The New Yorker and Poetry, among others, and have been widely anthologised.

She has served as a judge of the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and the Australian Book Review's Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize.,[3] and is the editor of Black Inc's The Best Australian Poems 2016 [4]

She is a member of the Creative Writing faculty at the Queensland University of Technology[5] and the poetry editor of Island Magazine.[6]




Anthologies edited[edit]


  • The Best Australian Poems. (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • The Best Australian Stories. (Melbourne: Black Inc., 2011, 2012)
  • The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry. Ed. John Kinsella (Louisiana: Desperation Press/Turnrow Books, 2014).
  • Being Human. Ed. Neil Astley. (U.K.: Bloodaxe Books, 2011)
  • The Best Australian Poetry. Ed. David Brooks. (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2008)
  • The Puncher and Wattman Anthology of Australian Poetry. Ed. John Leonard. (Sydney: Puncher & Wattman, 2010)
  • Thirty Australian Poets. Ed. Felicity Plunkett. (Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 2011)
  • Young Poets: An Australian Anthology. Ed. John Leonard. (Melbourne: John Leonard Press, 2011)

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2014 Holland-Batt, Sarah (Sep 2014). "Rough seas". Australian Book Review. 364: 12.  Parrett, Favel. When the night comes. Hachette. 



  1. ^ [1] New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards 2008
  2. ^ QUT Staff Profile: Sarah Holland-Batt
  3. ^ [2] Australian Poetry Elizabeth Jolley Prize
  4. ^ [3] Books and Publishing
  5. ^ [4] QUT Creative Industries News
  6. ^ [5] Wheeler Centre Working With Words
  7. ^ [6] Guardian
  8. ^ [7] WAPLA 2016
  9. ^ [8] AFAL 2016
  10. ^ [9] NSW Premier's Prizes 2016
  11. ^ [10] The Australian
  12. ^ [11] ACT Book and Poetry Prize Winners 2009
  13. ^ [12] Spoiled for Choice: The Age Book of the Year Shortlist, (Books, Entertainment), Sydney Morning Herald 8 August 2009
  14. ^ [13] Queensland Premier's Award Shortlist
  15. ^ [14] Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

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