Sarah Holland-Batt is an award-winning Australian writer, editor and critic, and a Professor of Creative Writing at QUT. Born in Australia and raised between Queensland and Denver, Colorado, she studied literature and writing at the University of Queensland and at New York University, where she was the W.G. Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholar. She is the author of three books of poems—Aria (2008), The Hazards (2016) and The Jaguar (2022)—and a book of essays, Fishing for Lightning (2021), collecting her columns on contemporary poetry for The Australian.
Her writing has been recognised with numerous prizes, and she is the recipient of a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship, residencies at Yaddo and MacDowell in the United States, and an Australia Council Literature Residency at the B.R. Whiting Studio in Rome, among other honours. In 2016, she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry. She is also a prominent aged care advocate, writing and commenting on policy issues for a range of mastheads and outlets including 7:30, The Monthly, The Australian, The Guardian, and ABC News.
She presently lives in Sydney, where she is the 2022 Judy Harris Writer in Residence at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre.