In person

Zenobia Frost captivates audiences with original poems — eerie Brisbane tableaux, unexpected love stories, humorous self-portraits — and the occasional cover. In 2012, she toured with the Queensland Poetry Festival Regional Roadshow, after making her national debut with the Arts Queensland Touring Poets Program in 2009. At home, she appears all over the place — as attendee, performer, or engaging MC. Hobbit-height Zen has microphone-lowering down to a fine art.

Raw Bones Photography, 2013

Raw Bones Photography, 2013

Reviewing for StiltsAimee Lindorff writes: “They call you a graveyard poet. It’s a sombre title… But you bound to the mic in teal with your purple hair, and read with a fervour that belies your designation. Your dress is amazing and your prose is striking. A certain melancholy mixed with longing and nostalgia. Voices of the dead fill Riverbend like mist. It’s a celebration, a lament painted in the warm glow of memory. Your prose is honest, open, and urgent, and there’s something intoxicating about the spaces you paint.”

Zenobia made her cabaret debut in 2013 with The Ragtag Band and Lady Marlene at West End’s The Loft. Tash D., over at Brisbane’s Factory Diaries, said they created “an eerie atmosphere that was dark, intriguing and, at times, really funny.”

Upcoming gigs

  • Queensland Poetry Festival: Celestial Monsters, 31 Aug @ 11am
    Judith Wright Centre shopfront space (FREE): Rachael Briggs and Zenobia Frost have been places humans shouldn’t tread. And they’ve returned with poems, song cycles and the lingering smell of graveyard dirt.
  • Queensland Poetry Festival: Into the Warmth, 31 Aug @ 1.45pm
    Judith Wright Centre performance space (FREE): Poetry can be sung from the rafters, and it can be an intimate act between strangers. Join us for this very special Sunday Poetry Yum Cha session – come in, find a seat, grab a snack, open your ears and your heart. Featuring Candy Royalle, Max Ryan, Cyril Wong, Zenobia Frost and Adam Hadley
  • Wunderkammer: The launch of Salt and Bone and Curio, 18 Sept @ 6pm
    Avid Reader (FREE): Kristin Hannaford and Zenobia Frost co-launch their new WALLEAH PRESS poetry collections. Join us for drinks and nibbles as we celebrate confluence, quolls and possums — and send Hannaford’s CURIO and Frost’s SALT AND BONE into the world. Bookings essential.
  • National Young Writers Festival: Newcastle, 2–5 Oct
    Program launched soon — watch this space.
  • Salt and Bone: Melbourne launch, early Oct
    Salt and Bone launches in good company at Hares & Hyenas. Details TBC.
Riverbend Poetry Series, Feb. 2013Photo by Sarah Gory

Riverbend Poetry Series, Feb. 2013
Photo by Sarah Gory

Past performances

Funemployed Launch (The Bedroom Philosopher), Southside Tea Room, July 2014
 New Globe Theatre,
25 June 2014
Up Jumped the Devil!
(with Wayne Jennings), Brisbane Square Library, 31 Oct 2013
(with Wayne Jennings), Brisbane Square Library (May 2013)
Deadly Nightshade Cabaret
 (with The Ragtag Band), The Hideaway (May 2013)
Whispers, State Library Cafe (Mar. 2013)
Riverbend Poetry Series 1
, Riverbend Books (Feb. 2013)
My Vicious Valentine, presented by Lady Marlene, The Loft (Feb. 2013)
Poets Up Late, Wynnum Library (Dec. 2012)
Raw Poet Roar, The Box, West End (Dec. 2012)
Fresh: Poetry & Burlesque, Brisbane Square Library (Oct. 2012)
FreeVerse: Page Vs Stage, State Library of Queensland (Oct. 2012)
Voices in My Head, Melbourne (Sept. 2012)
West End Block Party, Brisbane (Sept. 2012)
Queensland Poetry Festival Regional Roadshow (2012)
Queensland Poetry Festival (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Arts Queensland Touring Poets Program (2009)
Tasmanian Poetry Festival (2009)
From a Dying Land, Crossbows Festival (2012)
SPOKEN, State Library of Queensland (2012)
Pin a Poet Down, Brisbane (2012)
Brisbane Writers Festival (2006)
Passionate Tongues, Melbourne (2009, 2011)
The Spinning Room, Melbourne (2009)
Poetry at the Guildford Hotel, Castlemaine (2010)
Words or Whatever, Black Star Cafe, Brisbane (2010, with Madrigal Maladies)
SpeedPoets, Brisbane (2007, 2010 with Madrigal Maladies)
Riverbend Books: Poetry on the Deck, Brisbane (2009)
Under a Daylight Moon, Brisbane (2009)
Contraverse, Brisbane (2009)
No Frontiers, Brisbane Town Hall (2008)
Poets for Pride, West End, Brisbane (2005)


Queensland Poetry Festival (2007–2012, 2014)
Postmodern Picnic, Brisbane (2008)
Gentlemen’s Tea Party (2009)

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