On Writing

Writers, editors, agents, publishers and more share their thoughts, experiences and stories.

Kat Phyn is a poet/singer-songwriter/writer from Aotearoa NZ, who loves words and rhythm and writes about body-positivity and self-worth.

Fiona Murphy is a Deaf poet and essayist. Her memoir, 'The Shape of Sound', is out now through Text Publishing.

Sam Elkin is a writer living in Footscray (Naarm). His essays have been published in ‘Griffith Review’ and ‘Overland’.

Ellen van Neerven is the author of ‘Throat’, published by UQP in 2020. This poem was originally published in that collection.

Louise Baxter is an editor who writes poetry, plays, fiction and film. Her book, 'Grief has teeth', is out in July. She is an endometriosis advocate.

Lesh Karan is a Melbourne-based poet and writer. Recent publications include ‘Cordite', 'Australian Poetry Anthology' and 'Not Very Quiet’.

Maria Vouis is an emerging writer with CALD origins. She hopes her poems voice animals, migrants and the ‘other’. Publications include 'Canberra Times', Newcastle Poetry Prize, 'Friendly Street Poets', 'NewPoets 19' and 'SCUM Magazine'.

Emilie Collyer writes between poetry, plays and prose, mining the intersections of the personal and socio-political. Her writing has appeared most recently in ‘TEXT', ‘Rabbit', 'Witness Performance' and ‘Cordite'.

Donna Ward established the micro-press Inkerman & Blunt, and ‘Indigo Journal of Western Australian Writing’. Her prose has appeared nationally and internationally, and her memoir is ‘She I Dare Not Name: A Spinster’s Meditations on Life’ (Allen & Unwin 2020). For more visit donna-ward.com.au

Kirsten Tranter’s most recent novel is ‘Hold’ (2016), longlisted for the Miles Franklin and Voss literary awards. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.