Sara M. Saleh is a human rights lawyer, organiser, writer, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon. She has been anthologised widely and her poems, short stories, and essays have been published in English and Arabic in Australian Poetry Journal, Overland, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Red Room Poetry, Kill Your Darlings, Rabbit Poetry Journal, and SBS, amongst others. She is co-editor of the groundbreaking 2019 anthology Arab, Australian, Other. She has run poetry workshops in countless classrooms, community spaces, and festivals across the country.
Sara made history as the first poet to win both the Australian Book Review’s 2021 Peter Porter Poetry Prize and the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2020. Her debut novel Songs for the Dead and the Living (Affirm Press) is out in August this year and a full-length poetry collection, The Flirtation of Girls (UQP), is forthcoming. Sara lives on Bidjigal land with her partner and their cats, Cappy & Lola.