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Amanda Stewart (1959 – )

Amanda Stewart

Amanda Stewart was born in 1959. She began writing and performing poetry in the late 1970s, and has since built a career as Australia's premier sound poet. From 1983 to 1993, Stewart was a radio producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, but has since worked mainly as a freelance writer and performer based in Sydney. In 1989, she was a co-founder of the text-sound ensemble Machine For Making Sense, and in 1995, co-founded the international musical trio ALLOS. She collaborated with composer Colin Bright on the opera The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior, which was performed at the 1997 Sydney Festival and subsequently adapted for radio. From the 1990s, she has toured extensively in Europe performing her work, and has collaborated with a variety of artists, musicians, and performers. In 1998 she published a poetry collection, a book and CD set entitled I/T: Selected Poems 1980-1996, which won the FAW Anne Elder Award. A performance artist of international reputation, Stewart's work traverses the boundaries between music, poetry, and art, and explores the relationship between text and speech.


The poems from I/T: Selected Poems are currently incorrectly reproduced and under revision. Corrections will be made shortly. 

Poetry Collections

I/T: selected poems 1980-1996 (Surry Hills, NSW: Here and There Books, 1998).

Suggested Further Reading

Nick Keys, et al., eds.,The Twentieth Century Never Happened, When Pressed 1 (June 2008), When Pressed

Joanne Manning, [untitled review], Heat no.15 (Artarmon, NSW: Giramondo Publishing, 2000), pp. 301-06.

Hazel Smith, 'The Transformation of the Word: Text and Performance in the Work of Ania Walwicz and Amanda Stewart,'Representation, Discourse and Desire: Contemporary Australian Culture and Critical Theory (Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1994), pp. 221-38.

Amanda Stewart, 'Statements: Amanda Stewart,' in David Brooks and Brenda Walker, eds., Poetry and Gender: Statements and Essays in Australian Women's Poetry and Poetics (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1989), pp. 63-65.