Laurie May is an Mparntwe/Alice-Springs based poet, spoken word performer and poetry educator who writes about poverty perspectives and the interconnectedness of family, time and place. With a background in English Literature and Journalism, Laurie is now the Artistic & Festival Director for the Red Dirt Poetry Festival and also works in the music industry, having managed the Bush Bands Bash program for three years and winning an Australian Women in Music Award in 2019, they now manage the music department at Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association.