jazz: award-winning Australian poet and artist Jazz Money on inclusion and why everyone deserves to be heard

Jazz Money is a poet and artist whose work involves installation, digital, performance, film and print. Their work has been performed on stages around the world, including TEDx Sydney and Edinburgh International Book.

In 2020, the best-selling debut poetry collection How to Make a Basket won the David Unaipon Award. In 2022, Jazz also received the Australia Council for the Arts’ prestigious Dreaming Award for Poetry.

Money, who will be leading workshops this weekend as part of the Tata Lit festival, says: “I came to India about 9 years ago and I’m so glad to be back. Mumbai is one of my favorite cities in the world – it’s so vibrant and exciting, and somehow every neighborhood feels so distinct.

In an interview with ETPanache, she explains why diversity is on the agenda.

A cause for inclusion

For me, inclusion means everyone has a voice. Every workplace is enhanced by a diversity of voices. It ensures adaptability and the future, wider engagement and a richer community. Listen to people whose voices have traditionally been ignored. Take a step back to make room for these voices. Enable people to self-determine their own needs and help access pathways to get there.

Media matters

I sincerely believe that stories change the world. Films, novels, performances, poetry, television, speeches. Stories are essential for creating empathy, and society needs empathy to solve the problems facing our world.

girl power

To uplift women in particular, we must encourage and defend each other. Be sure to keep the door open as you move forward in your career and actively create pathways for young people to come into the world. To create a meaningful impact, given all that is happening in the world, the best thing you can do is listen to women. Understanding the intersections of our experiences and identities is key to how we engage with the world. Don’t speak for people, step aside and give women the opportunity to speak for themselves.

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Everything inspires my writing. I like poetry because it allows complexity, beauty and harshness to coexist, like everywhere else in the world. I write about the world I live in, the worlds I inherited, and the worlds I hope for. Some of the people I look up to are my aboriginal elders who have maintained the culture and the community.

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Amrita Hepi is an Aboriginal Bundjulung and Maori Ngapuhi choreographer and dancer who creates some of my favorite arts in Australia.

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