We are a story-driven literary magazine. We are based across Narrm/Melbourne & Paris where we live, work, and write.
Julia Flaster — Founder & Creative Director
Julia is an arts worker, film producer and hospitality worker. She holds an Honours degree in Geography and a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne. She is originally from France and is currently based there.
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Elena Tjandra — Editor-in-Chief
Elena is a Melbourne-based writer and PhD student in human geography at the University of Melbourne. Her PhD research considers place and everyday life across the highway from an underground silver mine in Oaxaca, Mexico.
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Sharni Hodge — Digital & Distribution
Sharni works as an architectural studio coordinator, having studied within School of Architecture & Urban Design at RMIT. She often applies digital media and operational support to arts projects and artists.
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Cher Tan is an essayist and critic. Her artistic practice is driven by an interest in late capitalism and class mobility, and how these intersect with new media/technology, politics and/or popular culture. She is an editor at Liminal and the reviews editor at Meanjin.
Jon Tjhia is an artist, writer and editor working through radio and podcast, literature, installation, photomedia, music and digital publishing. His recent work is published by Un Magazine, the Powerhouse, Institute of Modern Art, LIMINAL, Avantwhatever and Liquid Architecture. He's a co-founder of Paper Radio and the Australian Audio Guide and was senior digital editor at the Wheeler Centre.
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Anna Yeon is an environmental sustainability consultant and a former government policy advisor. She writes a book review column titled This Korean Woman Reads, showcasing masterful literature by BIPOC writers for the Being Asian Australian blog hosted by the Asian Australian Alliance. Anna holds degrees in Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Master of Public and International Law from The University of Melbourne.
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Anne-Marie Te Whiu
Anne-Marie Te Whiu (Te Rarawa) is a writer, weaver, cultural producer, festival director and editor, most recently having edited Tony Birch's collection, Whisper Songs. She currently works as a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry. She lives on unceded Dharawal country in Wollongong.
Alana Lentin is a Jewish European woman who is a settler on Gadigal land. She teaches and writes about race, racism and antiracism. Her latest book is Why Race Still Matters (Polity 2020).
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Chris is a Canadian-born photographer who lives and works in Narrm (Melbourne).
George is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Naarm (Melbourne). Their practice incorporates painting, sculpture and the use of salvaged materials to produce site-specific installations. Through their work, George explores notions of queerness, binaries and disorientation within suburban and urban landscapes.
Tony Birch is a founding member of the Melbourne School of Discontent. He is a writer and runner. His most recent books are Whisper Songs and Dark As Last Night (both published by University of Queensland Press). His website is: tony-birch.com
Declan Fry has written for the Guardian, Astra Magazine, Overland, Australian Book Review, Westerly and elsewhere. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize and selected for The Best Australian Science Writing 2021. His Meanjin essay “Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue with Ziggy Ramo, Dancing” received the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship. He currently lives with his partner, their pup Walnut, and a cat, Turnip. His latest work appears in Another Australia (Affirm Press).
(pronouns: no-one/please stop) is the author of two novels, ‘Real Differences’ (2019) and ‘Revenge’ (2020). It lives on Gadigal land and is committed to the return of that land by all necessary means.
Lana is an art critic, editor and author of False Divides (2018: BWB) and Bloody Woman (2021: BWB). Lana will commence as Assistant Professor Pacific Islander Studies in the department of Indigenous Race and Ethnic Studies, University of Oregon in the fall.
Izzy is a poet, writer, broadcaster and arts worker based on Taungurung Country. Izzy is Digital Producer for Red Room Poetry and a 2020-2022 recipient of the Australia Council Marten Bequest Scholarship for Poetry. Their manuscripts in progress are a book of elegies, Raw Salt, and Medusa is a Modern Woman.
Sam is a landscape architect, writer and researcher operating at the intersection of architectural and landscape systems with focus on urban temporal ecologies and experimental preservation. He works at Melbourne firm Florian Wild and is a member of the Kerb Journal editorial team.
Tabitha (or as her ancestors know her, Budhin Mingaan) is a Gunditjmara woman, born and raised on Kaurna yerta. Having spent almost two years in Adelaide Women’s Prison and a total of 18 months on Home Detention, before and after the jail experience, she argues that the criminal punishment system is a brutal and often deadly colonial frontier for her people and is now committed to working towards total abolition of the prison industrial complex. She believes that until we abolish the system and redefine community, health, safety and justice; her people will not be safe.
Hani is a writer, student and spoken word poet based in the country of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, in Sydney.
Rae is a Meanjin/Brisbane-based writer, collaborator, and creative producer. Her writing has featured in SBS Voices, Cordite Poetry Review, The Saturday Paper, The Lifted Brow, Overland, and more. Raised on Awabakal land, Raelee is descended from the Wiradjuri and Biripi peoples.
Eda is a Turkish-Australian essayist whose writing explores class, race, diaspora and Western Sydney. She has been a finalist for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. Her debut essay collection Root & Branch is out now with NewSouth Publishing.
Rupert is an aspiring writer and current hospitality worker who firmly dislikes talk show hosts and loves Mooloolaba prawns and negronis. He is a University of Melbourne student living on Wurundjeri land.
Ita is a Fijian-Australian writer and hospitality worker living on Bundjalung land. She originally hails from Western Sydney, and as such, her writing is often a homage to the people and places she has left behind. Her work can be found in The Bengaluru Review and Griffith University’s Talent Implied.
Josie is a freelance writer/editor. Their work has appeared in SCUM, Overland, The Suburban Review and Going Down Swinging, among others. They are one of the recipients of the 2022 new chapter fellowships. They are a non-binary trans femme.
aminata (pronoun: ami) is a double air sign, teaches yoga, loves brewing up potions and creating scrumptious recipes. You’ll often find ami talking to plantfriends and daydreaming.
Alice Pung is an Australian writer whose award-winning books include Unpolished Gem, Laurinda and Her Father's Daughter. Her latest book is One Hundred Days.
Mahmood Fazal is a Walkley award-winning writer. After abandoning his role as the sergeant-at-arms of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, Mahmood has devoted his life to bare-knuckle stories that challenge our views on crime, violence, imprisonment and radicalisation. Mahmood is currently writing a memoir, due to be published by HarperCollins in 2022.
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Mira Asriningtyas is an independent curator and writer. She completed De Appel Curatorial Program, Amsterdam in 2017 and RAW Academie 6: CURA, Dakar in 2019. In 2011 she co-founded LIR Space, an art space in Yogyakarta that later turned into a nomadic curatorial collective, LIR.In 2017 she initiated a biennial site-specific project 900mdpl in Kaliurang, an aging resort village under Mount Merapi.
Ngoc Trân is a self-taught chef and the owner of Shop Bâo Ngoc in Brunswick. While she occasionally likes to break tradition and experiment, she has since found great comfort in learning and recreating dishes that remind her of quê huong (homeland).
Nick Kilner is a youth worker living in Narrm (Melbourne).
An excerpt of Little Brother commissioned for Issue 01 ‘Grief’, was recently featured in Sydney Herald Morning Herald ︎︎︎
Sofie Westcombe grew up in Canberra and lived and studied in Melbourne. She graduated from the University of Melbourne's Creative Writing Program in 2017. Timestamps was her first published collection. She passed away in 2020.
Jennifer Philip is a palliative care doctor who has worked with people with cancer and their families for over 25 years. She is a researcher and teacher in the areas of palliative care and communication skills.
Lur Alghurabi is an Iraqi and Australian writer, poet and playwright. In 2017 she won the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Writers under 30, and was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize for Migrant Writers.
Her work has been widely published in Australia and the US, and she is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Creative Writing at the University of Oxford.
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Shokoofeh Azar is an Iranian-Australian author and journalist. Her novel, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, has been nominated for the International Booker Prize, Stella Prize, PEN and National Book Awards.
Jon-Michael Frank is the author of Dark Garbage, Is This the Right Color To Prove I Don’t Have a Shitty Life and Things To Do Instead of Killing Yourself with Tara Booth. They live in the US.
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Hasib Hourani is a Palestinian writer, editor, and arts worker living on unceded Wurundjeri Country. They are a 2020 recipient of The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter Scheme. Hasib’s writing worries expectations of land, identity, and the relationship between the two. You can find their work in Meanjin, Overland, Australian Poetry, and Going Down Swinging, among others.
Tim Edensor is Professor of Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Principal Research Fellow in Geography at the University of Melbourne. He is the author of Tourists at the Taj, National Identity, Popular Culture and Everyday Life, Industrial Ruins: Space, Aesthetics and Materiality and From Light to Dark: Daylight, Illumination and Gloom.
Stacey is a 38-year-old trans woman who has been incarcerated in a men’s prison for 5 years. She enjoys writing letters, listening to and playing music, especially classical. She uses creative writing as a way to keep herself sane. As Stacey puts it “writing is a little window out of my hell of being a woman in a male prison.”
Maddee is a Yugambeh editor, writer, and researcher living as a guest in Narrm (Melbourne) on the unceded country of the Kulin Nations. His work has appeared in the Sydney Review Of Books, SBS Online, The Lifted Brown, Art + Australia, and The Saturday Paper.
Danny Silva Soberano
Danny is a poet. They currently serve as a poetry editor for Voiceworks Magazine and associate editor for LIMINAL Magazine.
Elena is an experienced freelance book editor, speaker and writer. She has previously worked at Penguin Random House and Text Publishing, facilitated workshops for Queensland Poetry Festival and Express Media, and guest lectured at the University of Technology Sydney and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. She is the author of Body of Work (2018) and Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt (2020).
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Emily is the publisher of PENinsula and a co-founder of Dinner Party Press. She helps run the Desperate Literature Prize for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Global Hobo, Kill Your Darlings, The Australian Multilingual Writing Project and Remember The Wild. She is a bookseller in Narrm.