Raelee Lancaster is a writer and academic library officer
based in Brisbane, Queensland.
Raelee’s writing career began in 2017 and crosses poetry, nonfiction, criticism, and playwriting. Raelee’s writing has featured in The Guardian, SBS Voices, The Saturday Paper, Overland, Meanjin, The Big Issue, Australian Poetry Journal, and more. Anthologies that feature her work include Fire Front: First Nations Poetry and Power Today (UQP, 2020) and The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (MUP, 2020).
In 2018, Raelee was awarded first place for the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers. From 2018-2020, Raelee was employed by the National Young Writers Festival, firstly as a creative producer and subsequently as Co-Director. In 2019, Raelee was a recipient of a Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship.
Raelee’s library career began in 2019 and crosses library services and archival collections. Raelee has a keen interest in metadata, cataloguing, archival and community research, and information literacy. Raelee hopes to combine her library work with her writing/arts career to promote empathy, listening, and laughter in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sector.
Raised on Awabakal and Worimi lands (Lake Macquarie/Newcastle), Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri (Gilgandra/Gulargambone) and Biripi peoples.
Photograph by Josh Martoo.