Eunice Andrada is a Filipina poet, educator, and organiser. Her debut poetry collection Flood Damages (Giramondo Publishing, 2018) won the Anne Elder Award and was a finalist for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Dame Mary Gilmore Award.
She has performed her poetry on diverse international stages, including the UN Climate Conference in Paris, Sydney Opera House, Parliament of New South Wales, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. She has also featured in various international literary festivals and events, including Richesse des Langues in Montréal, Ubud International Writers and Readers Festival, and 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Manila.
Her poems have been published in local and international journals, as well as anthologised in publications including To Gather Your Leaving: Asian diaspora poetry from America, Australia, UK & Europe, Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Poetry, Heroines Anthology of Women’s Poetry and several editions of Australian Poetry Anthology.
Her previous works have been awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Prize (2014) and shortlisted for the Fair Australia Prize (2018). Through her work in ecopoetics, she was awarded an Eco-Poetry Fellowship by Australian Poetry and Nature Art & Habitat Residency (NAHR). She has also been awarded grants from Australia Council for the Arts, Ian Potter Cultural Trust, and Create NSW.
She is passionate about teaching and creating new programs for underserved writers and communities. As an educator, she has taught poetry workshops in schools across Australia and in online workshops for international participation. As an organizer, she has produced numerous successful programs. These include public programs for the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Red Room Poetry, and The Digital Sala Virtual Filipinx Festival.
Her poetry is currently exhibited in the Museum of Sydney to accompany the photography exhibition A Thousand Words. She also serves as a judge for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, as part of the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards 2020.
Of Ilonggo heritage, she was born in Quezon City and raised between Iloilo and Manila. She currently lives and writes on unceded Gadigal land.