Nandi Chinna

Nandi Chinna works as a Research Consultant, Community Arts Facilitator and poet. She was born on Kaurna country in Adelaide and currently lives and works on Bunuba lands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and on Noongar Country in the southwest of WA. Nandi uses mindfulness and meditation, slow walking and immersion in nature to facilitate creative writing. For the last seven years, Nandi has worked with First Nations people on poetry projects about rivers, wetlands and homelands. Most recently, Nandi collaborated with Nyikina Elder Professor Anne Poelina – a Guardian of Martuwarra Fitzroy River – on a poetry project focusing on the Martuwarra River. She is the author of four poetry collections. Her poetry book The Future Keepers was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award in 2020 and was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Prize in 2019. In 2021, Nandi was awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Writing Fellowship.

Books from this author

Women of a Certain Rage
The Future Keepers
The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry
Swamp: Walking the Wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain


Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (Shortlisted, 2020)

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (Highly Commended, 2020)

Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize (Winner, 2010)

Western Australian Premier’s Writing Fellowship (winner, 2021)