ABOUT THE WRITERS
Julie Koh is the author of Capital Misfits and Portable Curiosities. The latter was shortlisted for several awards and led to Julie being named a 2017 Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist. Her short stories have been published widely, including in the Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Comedy Writing. She has written radio plays for ABC Radio National and the libretto for the satirical opera Chop Chef.
Lee Lai is an Australian cartoonist currently living in Tio’tia:ke (known as Montreal, Quebec). She has been featured in The New Yorker, The Lifted Brow, Room Magazine, and Meanjin Journal. Her first graphic novel Stone Fruit is due to be released by Fantagraphics in 2021, and has been translated into eight languages.
Shirley Le is a Vietnamese-Australian writer from Yagoona. She is a Creative Producer at Sweatshop: Western Sydney Literacy Movement. She is currently working on her debut novel as the recipient of a 2019 Affirm Press Mentorship.
Hiro Mcl is a queer, non-binary, mixed Japanese and white comic artist and illustrator based in Naarm / Birranga / Melbourne. They have worked on various art projects for community events and publications with a focus on queer, trans and BIPOC identity and experiences.
Mia Nie is a Chinese-Australian comic artist, zine-maker, and award-nominated ex-poet. Her work explores the complexities, contradictions, and deeply felt desires of transgender subjectivity. She is passionate about understanding queer history and imagining queer futures. Mia is a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s The Next Chapter 2020 Fellowship, and is currently working on her first graphic novel.
Elizabeth Tan is a writer from Perth. Her first book is the novel-in-stories Rubik (2017); her second book is the short-story collection Smart Ovens for Lonely People (2020), which won the 2020 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.
Suneeta Peres da Costa was born in Sydney ~ on Gadigal land and is of Goan origin. She writes fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, and her writing has recently appeared in Meanjin, Peril and Sydney Review of Books. Her latest book, a novella Saudade (Giramondo, 2018; Transit USA & Canada, 2019), was shortlisted for the 2019 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, the 2020 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, and a finalist in Field Notes’ 2020 Tournament of Books. Her earlier novel was Homework (Bloomsbury). Her honours include fellowships and residencies from Asialink Arts, the Australia Council for the Arts – BR Whiting Residency, Rome, Varuna – The Writers’ House, MacDowell, the Yaddo Corporation and the Fulbright Program.
Anupama Pilbrow is the editor-in-chief of The Suburban Review. She studied mathematics at The University of Melbourne. Her poems, reviews, and essays can be found in Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Southerly, and others, and she was the 2015 recipient of the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship. Read her chapbook Body Poems, published with Vagabond Press 2018. Her work often deals with diaspora, dialogue, exchange, and gross stuff.