Tilt follows the skewed itinerary of attachment and loss, possession and dispossession; the movement of people and things, from Greta Garbo’s Manhattan exile to the Green Bans of 1970s Sydney to the precarious passages of deracinated subjects. In its detours through the copia of material history, lived experience and the archive of poetic forms, the book itself becomes a teeming repository of the real.
Tilt is Kate Lilley’s third full length collection. Both of her previous books were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize and received multiple citations in the Book of the Year lists in the Sydney Morning Herald/Age and Australian Book Review. Her edition of Dorothy Hewett’s Selected Poems was shortlisted in the WA Premier’s Awards and also cited as a Book of the Year in the SMH/Age. Major invited readings include the University of Chicago, Indiana University, the Holloway Reading at the University of California at Berkeley, the Fannie Hurst Reading at Brandeis University, Cambridge University Poetry Festival, Adelaide Festival Writers Week, Perth Festival and Sydney Writers Festival. She publishes poetry regularly in major national and international journals.
Kate Lilley has published two books of poetry, Versary (Salt 2002, winner of the Grace Levin Prize) and Ladylike (UWAP 2012), two Vagabond chapbooks, Round Vienna and Realia, and is the editor of Margaret Cavendish: Blazing World and other writings (Penguin Classics) and Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP). She is an Associate Professor in the English Department at the University of Sydney where she directs the Creative Writing program. Kate is a widely published scholar of queer, feminist textual history and theory from 17th century women’s writing to contemporary poetry and poetics. She is also the poetry editor of Southerly.