Omar Sakr is a bisexual Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney who holds a BA in Communication (Writing & Cultural Studies) from the University of Technology, Sydney (2010), as well as a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney (2013). His poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, and appeared in numerous publications, both national and international. Notable Australian publications include: Best Australian Poems 2016, Contemporary Australian Poetry, Griffith Review, Island Magazine, Overland, Meanjin, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Peril Magazine, and Going Down Swinging. International publications include: Circulo de Poesía, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Strange Horizons, Wildness, and Cosmonaut’s Avenue. Omar has had poetry commissioned for digital projects by Red Room Company, as well as the Melbourne City of Literature office, and has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the Story Wine Prize (flash fiction). His debut collection of poetry, These Wild Houses, came out in February 2017 through Cordite Books. He is currently the poetry editor of The Lifted Brow. Omar’s creative and critical non-fiction has also been published widely in publications including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Kill Your Darlings, Archer, Going Down Swinging, Junkee, Daily Life, Overland, SBS Life, The Lifted Brow, and The Wheeler Centre. As of May this year, Omar was the recipient of a Hot Desk Fellowship in support of his debut novel, A Boy Unwoven.