Dr June Paisa Perkins is a multi-arts creative born to a Papua New Guinean Indigenous mother and Australian father. She was raised in Australia as a Bahá’i and combines poetry, blogging, photography, story and more to explore: peace, ecology, spirituality, cultural diversity, healing from natural disasters, resilience, empowerment and more . . .
June Perkins aka gumbootspearlz
Devoted to Writing for and with community
Publications – Poems, Non-fiction articles, Photographs, Flash Fiction, Short Stories
Collaborations – Artists Collectives, Galleries, Libraries, First Nations Radio
4 & 1
4 Books Produced Topics: Creativity and Resilience, Cyclone Recovery, Poetry and 1 magazine guest edit Diaspora
Dedication to Creativity, Community, Connection, Intercultural learning
Cultivating a Growth Mindset
“Collaboration and Writing Mentor”
Sharon – Diaspora Participant (2021)
“Diaspora Project Vision”
Lori-Jay Ellis – CEO, QWC (2021)
“Working in community”
QAGOMA Staff (2019)
Storytelling is empowerment
Commissions QWC, QAGOMA, Mana Pasifika, QPF, QMF, Creative Arts Recovery, La Luna Youth Theatre
Collaborations Diaspora Collective, Illumine team, Children’s Poetry Panel collective, Illuminations Collective, Ink of Light Writing Festival, Helene Magisson, Magic Fish Dreaming Team, Malanbarra Women’s Health and Housing, ABC Open, Licuala Writers, Nell Arnold, Daphne Cazalet, BushTV
Mentorships Amazing Teacher Mentors, QPF, Michelle Worthington, ASA, ABC Open, Nell Arnold, Interplay 94
Mentoring others Diverse Writers, Book Week CYA Team zoom to PNG School, Youth Endeavour 2 years, ALEA Literature Festival, Library and school based workshops for poetry, (Brisbane, and Cassowary Coast),World Literacy Day Philippines, Licuala Writers, Tutoring First Nations University Students (Deakin QUT, University of Southern QLD, James Cook University), First Year Uni (New England University, and James Cook University), ITAS tutoring (Wollongong)
24+ contributions to anthologies.
The latest one being South of the Sun.
For Children, For Queensland, For Writers’ Groups, For Pasifika, For Indigenous, For Bravery, For Hope, For Forests, For Faith, For Australian Fairy Tales.
WQ 275 Diaspora
See response to the project article by Contributor – Dimity Powell
This Anthology out NOW featuring two of my new poems, ‘Selkie Girl’ and ‘Grand Guinea Pig of Herston.’