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June Paisa Perkins

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

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 . . .

After Yasi – Recovery process from Natural Disaster – Cyclone – using the arts, community stories, and more…
Other works poetry collections, spirituality and environment
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

11 +

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

25 years

Dedication to Creativity, Community, Connection, Intercultural learning

Strengths

Creative

Collaborative

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

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.

“Diaspora Project Vision”

Thank you to Dr June Perkins for embracing our vision, adding your own and working with us to create something truly unique. Your knowledge, thoughtfulness and commitment to this project was more than I could ever have imagined

Lori-Jay EllisCEO, QWC (2021)

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

Projects


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.’

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