June Paisa Perkins

Author and Educator empowering multicultural community through multi-arts and intercultural stories especially for young people and their parents.

Dr June Kathleen Paisa Perkins is a multi-arts creative born to a Papua New Guinean Indigenous mother (Mekeo) 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 . . .

Writing Partnerships Panel, Genrecon 2023, Brisbane
Projects to

Empower, Engage, Enlighten

Panels on social discourses and issues.

Poetry and Diversity advocate with commissions done for QAGOMA, QPF and QWC.

June Perkins aka gumbootspearlz

Devoted to Writing for and with community

250 +

Publications – Poems, Non-fiction articles, Photographs, Flash Fiction, Short Stories

14 +

Collaborations – Artists Collectives, Galleries, Libraries, First Nations Radio

11 panels

Genre Con, Edith Chamberlin Oration, AFTS Conference (2), Comic Con (2), Diaspora QLD Writers Centre, Ink of Light, Sandcliffe Writers Festival, Poetry for Children Panel – QLD Poetry Festival, Tropical Writers Festival

4 & 1

4 Books Produced Topics: Creativity and Resilience, Cyclone Recovery, Poetry and 1 magazine guest edit Diaspora

25 years

Dedication to Creativity, Community, Connection, Intercultural learning




Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Challenge resolving

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Collaboration and Writing Mentor”

This has been an amazing collaboration which has fanned the flame in me to let my writing take me to places yet to be reached.

Sharon – Diaspora Participant (2021)

Rating: 5 out of 5.

More testimonials on their way

Happy to receive your testimonials for past projects.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Working in community”

June is a joy to work and collaborate with, she is organized and has consistently shown solid dedication to her projects at the gallery. June is also a captivating storyteller, she has a careful and considered style of communicating and genuine interest in exploring ways to engage the listener.

QAGOMA Staff (2019)

Comic Con 2022
Diaspora Panel

For More Testimonials

Storytelling is empowerment


Commissions Story Factory, QLD Writers Centre, QAGOMA, Mana Pasifika, QLD Poetry Festival, QLDMusicFestival, Creative Arts Recovery, La Luna Youth Theatre

Collaborations AFTS conference Taskforce Brisbane 2022, Diaspora Fairy Tales panel, Ancestry as Fossil conversation, 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 Diaspora Sisters, QPF, Michelle Worthington, ASA, ABC Open, Nell Arnold, Interplay 94, Mr Kidd, Mrs DellAmico

Mentoring others Diaspora panels (3), 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.

Now published by Southerly

This Anthology out NOW featuring two of my new poems, ‘Selkie Girl’ and ‘Grand Guinea Pig of Herston.’

WQ 275 Diaspora

See response to the project article by Contributor – Dimity Powell

‘The Park’ published by Kookie Magazine
Contributed to the Nineteen Months Project

I acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people, the traditional custodians of the land on which I live, tell stories, photograph and write, and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging – Brisbane, Australia.

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