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Hello, I'm Ella. 

I'm a poet, visual poet and artist working on my first full-length collection, These Are Different Waters, and also a little visual poetry pamphlet, Mixed Concrete

I'm a PhD student at the University of Melbourne. My thesis is a comparative literature study of contemporary French and Australian visual poetry, looking particularly at women practitioners of the form. 


Other interests: translation, drawing, sound poetry, my two cats.

I'm currently based in Naarm/Melbourne, living on the unceded, sovereign Lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations, and am originally from Sydney (Gadigal Lands). My family is from Newfoundland and the UK. 



ella.skilbeck.porter at gmail dot com

ella.skilbeckporter at unimelb dot edu dot au






2020 - Present, Doctoral Candidate, French Studies, The University of Melbourne

2015, BA Communication (Honours, First Class) in Writing Studies, University of Technology, Sydney

2010-2014, BA Communication (Writing & Cultural Studies) and BA International Studies (French), University of Technology, Sydney

2013 - 2014, In-country study/Cultural exchange, Université de Poitiers, France, Faculty of Literature and Languages


Grants & Awards 

2020, H.B Higgins Scholarship for the Study of Poetry, University of Melbourne 

2018, Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship recipient

2018, Shortlisted for Masters in Literature scholarship (Séléction Internationale) at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Paris

2015, Outstanding Student Award in Communications and International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney, presented for highest achievement across all academic subjects

2012, Third Place in Rabbit Poetry Journal Prize for Poets under-21


2021 - 2022, Treasurer at The Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand 

2021, Academic Sessional Tutor, French 1, University of Melbourne


2019 - 2021, Assistant Grants Officer, University of Melbourne 

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