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 . . .
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)
“More testimonials on their way“
“Working in community”
QAGOMA Staff (2019)
Storytelling is empowerment
- News…Also reading some work….
- Wakanda Forever Immersive Experience part 1Many thanks to Sharon Orapeleng for the immersive Wakanda Forever Experience 12th November 2022.What can I say, incredible! Drumming, photography, sports star, family, fashion, literature, song and dance, and community building. More to say but here is a short postContinue reading “Wakanda Forever Immersive Experience part 1”
- Introducing…Introducing a regular segment to my blog, which will cover news and opportunities for diverse peoples particularly in storytelling, poetry and across art forms, inspiration strength based projects, interviews and podcasts. It’s about seeing and recognising who is out there.Continue reading “Introducing…”
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
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.’
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.