Dr June Paisa Perkins is a multi-arts creative born to a Papua New Guinean Indigenous mother and Australian father. She was raised in Tasmania as a Bahá’i and combines poetry, blogging, photography, story and more to explore: peace, ecology, spirituality, cultural diversity, resilience, empowerment and more . . .
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
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
Culturally sensitive & Ethical
“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
- A story unfolding – Uncle Fred MurrayOriginally posted on Ripple Poetry :
Note: As part of cultural protocol in Australia the following ‘warning’ must be mentioned:Warning – This story features photographs of First Nations people who have since passed away. This warning is provided as a courtesy for First…
- Imagining what is possible…The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is – it’s to imagine what is possible– bell hooks, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 2012, Thursday afternoon Australia, warm afternoon, thinking of the significance of bell hooks to myContinue reading “Imagining what is possible…”
- DiasporaDiaspora is launched. So magical to be in the presence of so many of the contributors and supporters. Weaving stories of spaces once daydreamed in, spaces that challenge, spaces of becoming – who we are today spaces to create belongingContinue reading “Diaspora”
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.’