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Name  Lee Cataldi

Role  Poet
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Books  The Women who Live on the Ground: Poems 1978-1988, Invitation to a Marxist Lesbian Party, Race Against Time

Lee Cataldi (born 1942) is a contemporary Australian poet and linguist.

Lee Cataldi Lee Cataldi New Poems with an Introduction by Joanne Burns Cordite

Biography

Lee Cataldi was born in Sydney during World War II when, owing to her Italian heritage, she was technically an 'enemy alien'. As a child she lived in Hobart, moving back to Sydney for university. Cataldi has worked as a teacher and a linguist, on Indigenous Australian languages in Halls Creek, Alice Springs and Balgo. In the late sixties she travelled to Italy and England where she became a socialist, inspired by the 68 May uprising in France.

Cataldi's first book of poems, Invitation to a Marxist lesbian party, was published in 1978, winning the Anne Elder Memorial Prize in that year. Women who live on the ground (1990) received the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Poetry Award; it was also short-listed for the NWS Literary Prizes. Race against time (1998) won the 1999 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. In 1998 Cataldi travelled to Madras, India, for an Asialink Literature Residency. She currently lives in South Australia.

References

Lee Cataldi Wikipedia


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