Dr Willo Drummond is a Sydney poet, early career researcher, sessional lecturer and supervisor in creative writing. With interests spanning the ecological and cognitive humanities, she writes about creativity, human and non-human animals, gender and the fragile landscapes of identity. Her interdisciplinary research draws upon theories of distributed cognition to illuminate the performative materiality of creative writing cognition and practice.
Willo’s doctoral research in creative writing (2019) was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence and included a volume of original poetry, Quiet Deputies, in dialogue with the poetry of Denise Levertov and with Levertov’s personal index to the Selected Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke (1946, trans., R.F.C. Hull). Willo has been the recipient of a Career Development Grant (poetry) from the Australia Council for the Arts (2020), shortlisted for the Val Vallis Award (2022), runner up in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize (2021) and longlisted for the Grieve Writing Awards (2021).
Previously a poetry reader for Overland Literary Journal and an executive committee member for the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, Willo founded The Well Writing Retreats in 2019, and The Well Writers’ Collective in 2020. Her literary and scholarly writing is published in Australia and the United States. She teaches into the creative writing program at Macquarie University.