Dani Netherclift is a writer and poet living on un-ceded Taungurung lands in the Victoria High Country, surrounded by mountains. She lives with her husband, son and daughter and is a PhD candidate in creative writing at Deakin University. Her area of research is the lyric essay and its intersections with white space, elegy and the body. Her first book, Vessel: The Shape of Absent Bodies is being published by Upswell Publishing in late 2024.
She has had lyric essays published in Westerly, The Slow Canoe, Island Mag and Meanjin. In 2023, Dani’s lyric essay ‘Telephone and Address Book’ won first prize out of almost 600 entries in The Local Word Prize, jointly sponsored by Geelong Regional Libraries and Deakin University. Her essay ‘Beneath These Surfaces’ won an Honourable Mention in the 2023 AALS (American and Australian Association of Literature’s Fiction and Nonfiction Prize, and will be published in the upcoming edition of Antipodes Journal. She was also the winner of the 2020 AAWP/The Slow Canoe Creative Nonfiction Prize for her essay ‘An incomplete archive of blue’
Her poems have been published in Cordite, Stilts, Rabbit, Plumwood Mountain, Mascara, Blue Bottle Journal, The Slow Canoe Lockdown Audio Project, Verity La, Meniscus, Swamp, Otoliths and In Recent Works Press anthology What we carry, as well as on a street in Adelaide for the Raining Poetry in Adelaide project via the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.
Dani was the winner of Queenscliffe Literary Festival’s inaugural Microfiction Prize, in 2020, as well as being highly commended in the first Byron Writer’s Festival microfiction competition (2016) and had her 8-word story selected to be beamed onto massive billboards around Brisbane in Queensland Writer’s Centre (2017).