Secret Places, a text by Hazel Smith (Hazel Smith, text/text performance, from an installation piece with Sieglinde Karl and Ron Nagorcka (brochure is here) | 1997
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Hazel Smith (Writer/performer)

Hazel's most recent book of poetry is Word Migrants (Giramondo). Go to the Giramondo site here for more information,

and media links to several positive reviews, the most in depth to date being that in the Sydney Review of Books (by Joy Wallace).

Cover illustration is by Sieglinde Karl.


Hazel Smith's full CV, including her publications list is here. Many of her works (text, intermedia, text performance, and violin performance) are available in the HearSeeRead section of this site.

Hazel is active in the areas of poetry, performance and new media. Her work has appeared in numerous international literary magazines and in literary, musical and multimedia anthologies. She has published four volumes of poetry: Abstractly Represented: Poems and Performance Texts 1982-90, Butterfly Books, 1991; Keys Round her Tongue: short prose, poetry and performance texts Soma, 2000; The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works, Tinfish Press, 2008 (accompanied by a CD-Rom of new media and performance works with Roger Dean); and Word Migrants (Giramondo Publishing, 2016).

Hazel has also, with Roger Dean, made three CDs of her performance work, Poet Without Language, Rufus Records 1994; Nuraghic Echoes, Rufus Records, 1996 and Returning the Angles, Soma Recording and Publishing 2001. She has collaborated with Roger Dean on many ABC radio commissions including Poet Without Language, 1991, Nuraghic Echoes, 1994, Returning the Angles 1998, The Erotics of Gossip, 2001 for The Listening Room, and The Afterlives of Betsy Scott, 2007, for Airplay. Other performance collaborations, such as the writer the performer the program the madwoman 2004 (with Roger), the space of history (with Greg White) 2006, Mid-Air Conversations 2006, Minimal 2007, Speak Far and Wide 2009, Speaking Straight 2010, Ubasuteyama 2010, Hanging Betsy 2010, Toy Language 1 and 2 (with Roger Dean, written for the vocal ensemble Halcyon), Snowtalking 2011, Live Music, Dead Bodies 2012, Disappearing(with Greg White) 2013, Bird Migrants (an ABC commission in 2014) and and Scaling the Voices, 2016, are showcased on many poetics websites such as PennSound (US), and in internet journals. One of her collaborations with Roger Dean, Poet without Language, was nominated by the ABC for the Prix Italia in 1992.

Hazel is co-author with Roger Dean of numerous new media works, such as Wordstuffs: the city and the body, 1998, Intertwingling 1999, the egg the cart the horse the chicken 2004, soundAFFECTs 2003 (with Anne Brewster) and Time the Magician 2007, Prosethetic Memories (with Anne Brewster) 2009, Instabilities 2 2009, Clay Conversations 2010, Film of Sound (with Will Luers) 2013, motions (with Will Luers and Roger Dean) published in the Electronic Literature Organisation Collection 3, the international reference series for the field, and novelling with Will Luers and Roger Dean (shortlisted for the 2017 European Union TurnOnLiterature prize). She has also collaborated on several occasions with visual artist Sieglinde Karl, and their joint work has been exhibited in many art galleries in Australia and overseas. Documentation of their collaborations TranceFIGUREd Spirit and Secret Places is available on Sieglinde Karl-Spence's website. Secret Places, was originally published in How2. Hazel has performed her own work extensively nationally and internationally in Europe and Australasia. Her work has been chosen for display at prestigious international festivals and exhibitions such as File in Brazil, the Electronic Literature Organisation in Portugal, Canada and Norway, Rutgers University and The Kitchen New York, the Salts Gallery in Switzerland and the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.Hazel has been co-recipient of numerous grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, The Australian Film Commission and Arts Tasmania, including a Digital and New Media Writing Grant from the Australia Council in 2012.

From 2007-2017 Hazel was a Research Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University where she is now an Adjunct Professor. From 2002-2007 she was a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Creative Communication, University of Canberra, and a member of the Sonic Communications Research Group. Before that she was a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales where she founded the Creative Writing program. She is author of The Contemporary Literature-Music Relationship: intermedia, voice, technology,cross-cultural exchange, Routledge, 2016, The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing, Allen and Unwin, 2005, which was shortlisted for the Australian Publishing Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, Liverpool University Press, 2000. She is co-author, with Roger Dean, of Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945, Harwood Academic, 1997. She is also co-editor with Roger Dean of Practice-led Research/Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

Hazel was the founder editor of infLect, an online international journal of multimedia writing based at the University of Canberra. Subsequently she cofounded a related journal, soundsRite, which archives infLect. She had a previous career as a professional musician, was leader of the ensembles LYSIS and SONANT, and can be heard as a solo violinist on several commercial recordings.

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