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
Poetry Performances for all ages, including interactive ones for young children.
Professional collaborations with designers, illustrators and writers.
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
Why Work with Me?
Culturally sensitive & Ethical
(Only limited time available, whilst teacher training!)
Renee – Workshop Participant
“Working in community”
Sally – Artistic Collaborator
Storytelling is empowerment
- Diaspora Panel – WQ 275(Pictured above: Sharon, Dimity and June) Delighted to be on a panel with these two insightful women, Sharon Orapeleng, and Dimity Powell, to discuss the challenges and gifts of Diaspora to – community, writing, and publishing. The session is fullyContinue reading “Diaspora Panel – WQ 275”
- Beyond IndividualismThere is so much power in the connection of artists within community. It keeps me optimistic no matter what else happens. The conversations, the friendships, and the thoughtfulness. Behind the scenes, for a few months now, I have been connectingContinue reading “Beyond Individualism”
- Book Week With the Students from Higaturu Oil Palm International SchoolOriginally posted on Magic Fish Dreaming:
Work from the students of the Higaturu Oil Palm International School which became a class anthology, Escape to Wonder A recent week of Book Week workshops via zoom, at Higaturu Oil Palm International School,…
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 Out Soon!
This Anthology out NOW featuring two of my new poems, ‘Selkie Girl’ and ‘Grand Guinea Pig of Herston.’