Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali person from the Yugambeh language group of South East Queensland. Her first book ‘Heat and Light’ (UQP, 2014), a collection of interlinked short stories, won several awards including the NSW Premiers Literary Award for Indigenous Writing. ‘Comfort Food’ (UQP, 2016), a collection of poems, is her most recent release. Until 2016 Ellen was the Managing Editor of ‘black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at State Library of Queensland.