Today’s episode is on poetry with Khairani Barokka, an Indonesian disabled writer, poet, and artist based in the UK. I’m not all that knowledgeable about poetry and Khairani helped me understand that poetry is all around us and that there’s something for everyone. Khairani will recite one of her poems and talk about her experiences as a co-editor for the anthology, Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back, published by Nine Arches Press.
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Khairani Barokka is a writer, poet, and artist whose work has been presented extensively, in fifteen countries. Okka is the recipient of seven residencies and multiple grants. Among her honours, she was an NYU Tisch Departmental Fellow and is a UNFPA Indonesian Young Leader Driving Social Change for arts practice and research. Okka is creator of works for the stage such as Eve and Mary Are Having Coffee, and most recently co-editor of Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches), author-illustrator of Indigenous Species (Tilted Axis), and author of debut collection Rope (Nine Arches Press). Work is published in Poetry Review, The Rialto, Ambit, Magma, The New Inquiry, Asymptote, and other journals, anthologies and art books. She is a PhD by practice researcher in Goldsmiths’ Visual Cultures Department and Modern Poetry in Translation’s Inaugural Poet In Residence.
Debut poetry collection Rope:
Poetry-art book Indigenous Species:
Annah: Nomenclature at the ICA
Selected Annahs at SALTS Basel
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Alice Wong, Writer, Audio Producer, Host
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp