(c) Melinda Smith 2011

About me

I am a poet based in Canberra, Australia. I have also been at various times a Ph.D student in Japanese History, a teacher of English as a Second Language, a lawyer, a tea maiden, a tour guide, a barmaid, a software salesperson, a legal editor and a law teacher.

I have two sons, one of whom has autism. I have been writing poetry for a long time (see my general poetry blog at www.melindasmith.wordpress.com) but have only started to write poems about autism relatively recently.  I have been lucky enough to get a grant from artsACT, the local arts funding body, to write a collection of autism-themed poems which will be coming out in April 2012 (Autism Awareness Month). The working title of that collection is CircleQuirk and this blog is its online home.

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  1. I am with Autism Speaks and would like permission to print and include a link to your site a copy of your poem, First … Then to include as suggested reading in a tookit for teachers to teach children about autism. Please email me at the address indicated for more information. Thank you.

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