Nandi Chinna works as a research consultant and community arts facilitator. She was born of settler heritage in Kaurna country in South Australia, and currently lives on Bunuba lands in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. With a background in yoga and meditation, Nandi uses mindfulness and meditation, slow walking, and immersion in nature to facilitate creative writing. Nandi’s poetry publications include: Our Only Guide is Our Homesickness (Five Islands Press, 2007); How to Measure Land, (Picaro Press, Byron Bay Writers Festival Poetry Prize winner, 2010); Alluvium, (with illustrator Andrea Smith, Lethologica Press, 2012); Swamp; walking the wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain (Fremantle Press, 2014); and The Future Keepers, (Fremantle Press 2019).
In 2016 Nandi was inaugural Writer in Residence at King’s Park and Botanical Gardens in Perth, Western Australia. She won the 2016 Fremantle History Award for her History of Clontarf Hill, and was shortlisted for the 2016 Red Room Poetry Fellowship. She has done several residencies at Varuna, The Writers’ House in Katoomba NSW. The Future Keepers was highly commended in the Victorian Premiers Prize 2019.