Hailing from honourable ancestors of the Birri-Gubba, Mununjali, Germanic and Gaelic peoples, Samuel Wagan Watson grew up in a family of accomplished authors, political players, entrepreneurs, academics, artists and raconteurs. His collection of poetry Of Muse, Meandering
and Midnight won the 1999 David Unaipon prize for unpublished Indigenous writers. Since then he has written four more collections: Itinerant Blues
(2001); Hotel Bone (2001, Vagabond Press); Smoke Encrypted
Whispers (2004), which won the New South Wales Premier’s Book of the Year and the Kenneth Slessor Prize; and The Curse Words (2011, Vagabond Press). His work has been translated into seven languages, inspired various musical compositions, and been the subject of film and television productions and visual art projects. In 2018 Samuel was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award.
Love Poems and Death Threats won the 2016 Scanlon Award for Indigenous Poetry and was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.