Amelia Zhou is a writer, arts worker, and movement practitioner living in London.







I work with language and movement, separately and in combination. I write across poetry, prose, and non-fiction, and make performances on and off the page.

My practice is driven by an interest in questioning and refiguring processes of sense and meaning-making through language and embodiment. Works often negotiate between realms of abstraction and representation, sound and sense, and narrative and symbolism or fantasy. My poetry, prose and non-fiction have been published widely in UK and Australian publications, some of which are included below.

In 2020 I completed a MA Creative Practice (Transdisciplinary) at Trinity Laban, London researching translations between writing, voice, and movement. There, I was Leverhulme Arts Scholar and awarded the Highest Achievement Prize. In 2021 I was awarded Gold Prize at the Creative Future Writers’ Awards and recipient of the Ultimo Prize, both for prose.

Currently: working on a project investigating gendered performances of labour and defiance.



poetry & prose

Her new morning routine

Prose in Ultimo Prize anthology, 2021.

She liked being rubbed over, secured, stretched around

Gold Prize for prose in 2021 Creative Future Writers' Awards, 2021.

scrunched up emphasis of form unravelled

Three poems forthcoming in LUMIN Journal, 2021.

in breakneck wanting sunlight position

Mouth Piece forthcoming in Overland Journal, 2021.

Out — look out here — every out — you saw

This is where you hear the echo in Cordite Poetry Review, 2020.

How far her hair blows back in the hard head wind of fall

Three poems in Datableed, 2020.

The information starts as a product of someone else's dream

Ghost within the ghost in Gutter Magazine, 2020.

(Who moves closer to the distance you are carrying, the circumstance into that distance

Body double in Rabbit Poetry Journal, 2019.

Yeah, I multiply under the sun

Sunflower in Ibis House (Subbed In), 2019.



selected performance


21 October 2020, Studio Theatre, Trinity Laban.

14 June 2021, Slant Events 'Spontaneous Combustion', IKLEKTIK.



selected non-fiction

Is French’s dance with the river analogous of the desire for the anguished white self to gratify its unresolved emptiness?

Review: Angela French, Return to the River. Running Dog, 2019.

‘Staying in’ is a refutation against the exhaustive demand to be active in any given moment

Review: 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Club 4A. Running Dog, 2019.

A horizon of further intersectional modes of engagement for cross-cultural performances

Review: Dancenorth & Beijing Dance Theatre, One Infinity. Running Dog, 2019.

Speculative storytelling as a tool for healing and reciprocity

Review: Marrugeku, Burrbgaja Yalirra (Dancing Forwards). Australian Book Review, 2019.

A dancer turned military commander turned showgirl

Review: Daniel Kok & Miho Shimizu, xhe. Peril Magazine, 2018.

Evil corporations, a fake kidnapping, Shamir, poo parks, greyhound racing, Marina Abramovic &...

Articles written as a reporter for Sydney Morning Herald, 2015-17.

Towards new future terrains: Reorienting Asiatic femininities in the speculative imagination

An Honours thesis on East Asian diasporic feminist science fiction and alternative future imaginaries. University of Sydney, 2017.


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Last updated October 2021