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Charmaine Papertalk Green was born at Eradu (between Geraldton and Mullewa) on Southern Yamaji country. She is a member of the Wajarri, Badimaya and Nhanagardi Wilunyu cultural groups of Yamaji Nation in Western Australia.
Green is a visual artist, poet and writer and began writing poetry in Mullewa in the late 1970’s. Charmaine was instrumental in the incubation of the nationally and internationally touring exhibition “Ilgarijiri – Things belonging to the Sky” arts and cultural project a Yamaji Art collaboration with the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy Curtin University, Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project Australian Government and City of Greater Geraldton.
Her publications include Just Like That (Fremantle Art Press 2007); Tiptoeing Tod the Tracker (Oxford University Press 2014); collaboration with WA poet John Kinsella, False Claim of Colonial Thieves (Magabala Books 2018); Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite Publishing Inc.’s 2019); and numerous anthologies and other publications.
In 2019 Charmaine was shortlisted in Adelaide Festival John Bray Award 2020 and the ALS Gold Medal 2019 for False Claim of Colonial Thieves. In 2020 Charmaine won the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2020 poetry category, shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal (2020) winning the ALS Gold Medal 2020 and shortlisted in the 2020 Queensland Premiers Literary Award Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Nganajungu Yagu (Cordite Publishing Inc.
Charmaine lives in Geraldton Western Australia.