Dr Natalie Harkin

Senior Research Fellow

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Yunggorendi Mande Building (1.07E)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

I am a Narungga woman, and member of the Chester family from Point Pearce in South Australia. I have worked in the Aboriginal higher education sector in South Australia since the mid-1990s, and an academic with the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement since 2014.

I am currently a Research Fellow with an interest in decolonising state archives, engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service stories and labour histories in South Australia. My words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including collaboration with the Unbound Collective. I am an active member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network, and have conducted poetry workshops and presented panels, readings and keynotes at events including: the Ottawa International Writers Festival; the Active Aesthetics Conference on Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics, UC Berkeley; the Queensland Poetry Festival; Mildura Writers Festival; Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival; Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art; Adelaide Spirit Festivals; Blak & Bright Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival. I have also been a poet and writer in resident with RMIT University in 2016, and Sydney University in 2018. I have published in a number of literary journals including Overland, Southerly, Westerly, Wasafiri International Contemporary Writing, TEXT and Cordite, and am guest-editor for Cordite Poetry Review's 89: DOMESTIC. My first poetry manuscript, Dirty Words, was published by Cordite Books in 2015.


Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communications, International Studies and Languages, University of South Australia

MA Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide

BA Communications Studies, Univerisity of South Australia

Honours, awards and grants

2017: Contributing author to Biography: an interdisciplinary quarterly, vol. 39, no. 3, awarded the Council of Editors of Learned Journals Best Special Edition Award, 2017.

2017: Published in The Best Australian Poems 2017, Black Inc., Melbourne.

2017: Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award, Mildura Writers Festival, July 2017.

2016: Shortlisted, Indigenous Writer's Prize, New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

2016: Published in The Best Australian Poems 2016, Black Inc., Melbourne.

2016: 'Recommended List' at Small Distribution Press, Berkeley, California, USA.

2015: Commended, Anne Elder Poetry Award, The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc., National Literary Awards.

Topic coordinator
AUST1004 Introduction to Aboriginal Studies

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