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I am a Narungga woman and member of the Chester family from Point Pearce in South Australia, and have worked in the Aboriginal higher education sector in South Australia since 1995. I joined Flinders Universtiy in 2014 with the Office of Indigenous Strategy and Engagement, and now the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

I am currently in a Research Fellow position with an interest in decolonising state archives, engaging archival-poetic methods to research and document Aboriginal women's domestic service stories and labour histories in South Australia. My words have been installed and projected in exhibitions comprising text-object-video projection, including collaboration with the Unbound Collective. I am an active member of the First Nations Australia Writers Network, and have conducted poetry workshops and presented panels, readings and keynotes at events including: the Ottawa International Writers Festival; the Active Aesthetics Conference on Contemporary Australian Poetry and Poetics, UC Berkeley; the Queensland Poetry Festival; Mildura Writers Festival; Melbourne Emerging Writers Festival; Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art; Adelaide Spirit Festivals; Blak & Bright Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival. I have also been a poet and writer in resident with RMIT University in 2016, and Sydney University in 2018. I have published in a number of literary journals including Overland, Southerly, Westerly, Wasafiri International Contemporary Writing, TEXT and Cordite, and am guest-editor for Cordite Poetry Review's 89: DOMESTIC. My manuscripts include, Dirty Words, with Cordite Books in 2015, and Archival-Poetics, with Vagabond Press in 2019..


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  • Archival-poetics

    Harkin, N., 2023, A-Z of Creative Writing Methods. Wardle, D., van Loon, J., Taylor, S., Rendle-Short, F., Murray, P. & Carlin, D. (eds.). London: Bloomsbury, p. 7-9 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

  • When Records Speak We Listen: Conversations with the Archive

    Harkin, N. & Leane, J., 2022, Law's Documents: Authority, Materiality, Aesthetics. Biber, K., Luker, T. & Vaughan, P. D. (eds.). London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis, p. 51-70 20 p. (Glasshouse Series).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review

  • anneal this breath

    Harkin, N., 2021, Yhonnie Scarce: Missile Park. Delany, M., Nowell, L. & Waup, L. (eds.). Melbourne: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, p. 86-87 2 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Anneal this breath

    Harkin, N., 27 Mar 2021, The Saturday Paper, 342 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

  • Lakun Mara Threads of Life: Sonya Rankine

    Harkin, N., Sep 2021, Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art 2021. Cumpston, N. & Patton, B. (eds.). Adelaide, South Australia: Art Gallery of South Australia, p. 102-105 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review