Zenobia Frost is a Brisbane-based writer whose second collection of poetry, After the Demolition, was recently released by Cordite Books. In 2018, she received the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award for her poem ‘Reality on Demand’, while 2017 saw her work recognised with a Queensland Writers Fellowship. She has been shortlisted for both the Overland Judith Wright Prize (2017) and Red Room Poetry Fellowship (2017–18).
Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Overland, Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite, ABR’s States of Poetry: Queensland, Scum, ARC (Canada), Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word, and Contemporary Feminist Poetry. She is a regular voice at the Queensland Poetry Festival, but has also performed in Germany, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, and Hobart. In 2015, an ArtStart grant allowed her to study poetry in the Black Forest and online with Warsan Shire (cowriter on Beyonce’s Lemonade).
Zenobia’s first poetry collection, Salt and Bone (Walleah Press, 2014), was shortlisted for the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize and commended in the 2014 Anne Elder Awards. Salt and Bone has been called ‘sparse and alarming . . . visceral and seductive’ (Alyson Miller, Cordite) and ‘quirkily powerful’ (Martin Duwell, Australian Poetry Review).
Zenobia recently earned her Master of Philosophy degree in Creative Practice, with an exegetical work on place attachment and housing insecurity in Brisbane poetry. After the Demolition was recently praised in Overland for its ‘political poetics of space