Photo by Kate Lund
Photo by Kate Lund

Zenobia Frost is a writer and editor based in Brisbane, Australia. Her work can be found in Cordite, Scum, Overland, Meanjin and Contemporary Feminist Poetry. She won the 2018 Val Vallis Award for her poem, ‘Reality On-Demand‘.

Zenobia’s latest poetry collection, After the Demolition (Cordite Books) won the 2020 Wesley Michel Wright Award and was recently shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Read more about it in the LA Review of Books.

Through 2020–21, Zenobia produced Panacea Poets, Pick-n-Mix Poetry Zoom Workshops and the Arts Queensland Poets in (Digital) Residence Program for Queensland Poetry.

contact: zenobia.frost[at]gmail[dot]com

Recent publications

  • Cordite: ‘Meditation on the Body‘ (participatory poem)
    Published in Cordite Poetry Review: GAME. Best enjoyed with headphones on a laptop/desktop. Visit for more.

  • Australian Book Review: ‘Turning the Indiana Bell‘ (poem)

  • Australian Book Review: A Midnight Visit (review)
    ‘A production like this is compelling in its rejection of theatre’s pivotal boundary; the fourth wall isn’t so much broken as it is never built… The set is atmospheric, but many of these three dozen rooms don’t do anything. Without a story to piece together or a quest to complete, the rooms can’t invite you to stay.’

  • Junkee: Was Joss Whedon the Real Big Bad of ‘Buffy’? (essay)
    Buffy coined the term ‘Big Bad’ — a kind of seasonal antagonist or level boss. For the first few years, the show’s Big Bad is a particularly nasty vamp or a very hangry mayor — but, really, it’s high school. By season six, the metaphors are stripped away … [and] the Big Bad of season six is a very real-life problem: misogyny.’

  • Art Starts Here: 40 Years of Metro Arts (editor, 2020)
    This gorgeous coffee-table history book charts the living history of Metro Arts in Brisbane, from its gutsy DIY beginnings to its bright future. Designed by Sean Dowling and Ashleigh Jacobsen.



  • Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art: Acting Assistant Editor, 2021–present
  • Queensland Poetry: Marketing and Events Manager, 2020–2021;
    Communications Coordinator, 2019; committee member, 2007–12
  • Stilts Journal: co-editor, 2018
  • Cordite Poetry Review: coordinating editor, 2012–2017
  • Woolf Pack: poetry editor, 2016–2018
  • Voiceworks Magazinepoetry editor/committee member, 2012–2014
  • Rave Magazine: arts editor, 2010–12

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