Regina Akora is a freelance graphic novelist who has worked for the Shounen Manga Anthology, Saturday AM in creating the one shot manga Otome Life, that featured over four issues. She is currently working on her self-published work LOLI-POP! that has appeared twice in NEO Magazine.
Candy Bowers is an award-winning theatre-maker, playwright, actor, poet, speaker, activist and producer. The co-artistic director of Black Honey Company, Candy has pioneered a fierce sub-genre of multidisciplinary hip hop theatre that delves into the heart of radical feminist dreaming and produces work that stills hearts and provokes minds.
Charlotte Guest is a Western Australian writer and Publishing Officer at UWA Publishing. Her writing has appeared in Griffith Review, Island Magazine, Overland, Westerly Magazine, and Australian Book Review, and has been shortlisted in prizes. Recent Work Press published her debut collection of poetry, Soap, in 2017.
Alicia Tuckerman, author of If I Tell You, is a driving force for young LGBT voices within Australia. Alicia attributes surviving her teenage years to the comfort, release and escape writing offered and she hopes to inspire the next generation of readers and writers to embrace their true passions.
Zainab Zahra Syed is a writer, performer and educator. As an internationally-touring Pakistani Spoken Word artist, Zainab has performed and taught workshops at venues in the US, UK, Europe, South Asia and Australia. She has also facilitated workshops on writing as expression, healing and empowerment at a women’s prison in Rhode Island, USA, to trauma victims in Pakistan, and currently works with migrants and refugees in Australia.
In 2015 she was a finalist in the National Australian Poetry Slam and won the Brown University Slam in 2012. She has been a teaching artist at the Red Room Company and Said Poets Society. In 2016, she co- founded WORD Ink, launching Pakistan’s first poetry slam as well as other workshop & lecture programs creating safe spaces for the youth to respond to the insecurity around them in a non-violent manner.