Petra White lives in Melbourne, where she works in a government department. Her first book of poetry, The incoming tide, was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Prize and the ACT Poetry Prize. The simplified world was shortlisted for the 2011 Judith Wright Prize in the ACT Awards; and was shortlisted also for the John Bray Prize in the 2011 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her most recent book, A hunger, was published in August 2014.

Paul Hetherington won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (poetry) for his book Six different windows (UWAP). He was a finalist in the 2014 international Aesthetica Creative Writing competition and shortlisted for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize. He is head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI) at the University of Canberra.

Stretching the Imaginable

Between July 2012 and June 2014 Paul Hetherington and Petra White conducted an interview by email about making and thinking about poetry, including the ways in which Petra approached her work and her views about poetic innovation, imagination and reading others poets’ work.