Sarah Rice

Sarah Rice is a Canberra poet and visual artist interested in the intersection between word and image. Her poetry collection Fingertip of the Tongue (UWAP) won the Eyelands International Book Award, and her cross-disciplinary poetry, visual art, and choral composition book Text/ure won a Canberra Critics Circle Award, and was Highly Commended in the ACT Writers Notable Book Awards. Sarah won the inaugural Ron Pretty Poetry Award, the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, and co-won the International Writing Ventures, and Gwen Harwood Poetry Prizes. Sarah was shortlisted in the Montreal, Tom Howard, Drake-Brockman, CJ Dennis, New Millennium, Fish, Axel Clark, Michael Thwaites, and Overland poetry awards, amongst others. Publications include the Global Poetry Anthology, Award Winning Australian Writing, Best Australian Poetry, Island, Overland, Southerly, Aesthetica, The New Guard, ABR, and Australian Poetry Journal.

Author's books



Poetry, Music, Visual Art

If I could have given you a note 

In your time of silence,

It would have the shape

of my heart 

Follow one poem’s journey through word, song, and visual art. How does the form of the poem trans-form across different media? What aspects of texture, tone, colour, shape, and line remain? This full colour book marks the culmination of the Text/ure project, a tribute to the collaborations and creative processes involved. With original poem ‘If I Could Have Given You A Note‘, full composers’ statements, interview excerpts, visual art, drawing statements, and all six concluding poems, it is a feast for eye and ear alike.

Care Stop


Care Stop is Sarah Rice’s poetic and photographic reflection on the vagaries of homelessness and the topography of empathy. The book begins with the poem ‘Care Stop’ and is followed by a series of altered images featuring the iconic ACT bus stop shelter. Care Stop is produced in a limited edition, and is proudly supported by artsACT.