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Lineage. Femininity. Faith.
Through the lens of poetry.

Born in Canada and raised in Singapore, Miriam Wei Wei Lo has made Australia her home. She is of mixed Malaysian-Chinese and Anglo-Australian descent. Her first degree is from the University of Western Australia. Her PhD is from the University of Queensland. Her first book, Against Certain Capture won the 2004 Western Australian Premier's Award for Poetry.

She currently teaches creative writing at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education. She was a 2023 Westerly Mid-Career Fellow and her most recent book, Who Comes Calling?, was launched by West Australian Poets Publishing in May 2023. She lives, with her extended family, on Whadjuk Noongar Boodja in Walyalup (Fremantle), Western Australia. She likes to snorkel in summer and garden in winter.

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Me, In My Own Words

I currently work as an academic, but I have done stints as a piano teacher, student librarian, kindergarten assistant, and once even as a research assistant for a merchant bank (that didn't last long). I have done the unpaid labour of a mother and housewife and have great respect for those who do the work of care.

I have emerging research interests in the following areas:

  • autograph albums
  • how rhythm works in poetry
  • poetry as reflective practice

In the classroom, I work from a hermeneutics of affirmation, where suggestions for further development are couched in a context of attentiveness and encouragement. I seek to facilitate peer-to-peer as well as instructor-student feedback.

I write poetry as an act of worship, as a practice of lament, to notice beauty, to wrestle with faith and doubt, to keep things, to share things, and to play.

Journeying through the years

1973

Toronto, Canada

Miriam Wei Wei Lo was born in Toronto, Canada in 1973. Her heritage is Chinese-Malaysian on her father’s side and Anglo-Australian on her mother’s.

1976

Singapore

A little Miriam moves to Singapore, away from the freezing cold and thin air into the tropical heat and air saturated with the piquant smells of street food.

1993

Western Australia

The place where Miriam's mother grew up starts to become her home.

1996

Queensland

Off to subtropical Brisbane with her spouse.

2008

Margaret River

Living the life of a country pastor's wife and mother of three.

2018

Boorloo (Perth)

Working as an academic at Sheridan Institute. Living with her in-laws in an extended family household in Walyalup (Fremantle).

I love to facilitate creative development.


Do you want to work with me?

At Sheridan

One great way to do this is by signing up for one of the units I teach at Sheridan Institute of Higher Education.

The units I currently teach are:

  • CW101 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW104 The Writing Life
  • CW310 Poetry
  • CW390 Writing Project

These units may be taken as a single unit or as part of the Bachelor of Arts course at Sheridan. If taken as a single unit, students may also select to do these units as 'credit' or 'audit'. Fee structure is available here (see Note 5 for audit costs). The academic calendar is available here.

For information concerning the timetable or other enquiries please phone the Sheridan Registrar on +61 08 6222 4222 (during office hours) or email <enquiries@sheridan.edu.au>.

Bachelor of Arts CRICOS Course Code:  096269K
TEQSA Provider ID:  PRV14012

Or privately

I provide

  • school presentations and workshops
  • community presentations and workshops
  • poetry readings
  • poetry feedback
  • commissioned work (mostly poetry)

Feel free to contact me to discuss requirements.
I charge ASA rates.