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Steph is a 23-year-old YA author whose novels include Girl Saves Boy, All This Could End and Night Swimming. She grew up just outside Melbourne and now lives in South-East Queensland. She was one of triple j’s inaugural 25 Under 25 and won Express Media’s award for Outstanding Achievement By A Writer Under 25 in 2010. Steph is a Stella Schools Ambassador.
Claire Christian is a novelist and playwright who lives in Brisbane. She has had three plays published by Playlab, and her play Bloom was shortlisted for the Griffin Award in 2009. She was one of the YWCA Queensland 125 leading women in 2013. Beautiful Mess won the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing in 2016.
Lorin is a spoken word poet, organiser and teaching artist from Wollongong, who co-founded Enough Said Poetry Slam and is published in Going Down Swinging’s audio anthology. Lorin has toured the USA poetry slam circuit, featured at the Women of the World Poetry Slam in Albuquerque, NM and self-published an EP called Poems. In 2017, Lorin featured at Canberra’s Noted Festival and hosted The Rumble Youth Slam at Sydney Writers’ Festival.
Sam is a Brisbane writer, editor, and musician. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in Voiceworks, Bumf, Stilts, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow. She has published a collection of essays and short stories on witches and witchcraft called I Put A Spell On You, and is currently working on a new collection of essays focused on communities of women.
Nayuka is a Gunai/Jurnai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman. She is passionate about climate justice, the rights of women, and the self-determination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Nayuka works across the youth sector as a program manager, facilitator and consultant.
Phoebe is a writer, director and producer of documentaries, factual content and children’s television. She is also a lecturer in film, television and digital media at the Queensland University of Technology, and principal of Hartflicker, a video and film production company. She is known particularly for her autobiographical road trip movie, Orchids: My Intersex Adventure. She has worked for Network Ten and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Bri is a Brisbane-based writer and the Founding Editor of Hot Chicks with Big Brains. Bri is qualified to practice law, but doesn’t, and her first book, Eggshell Skull, a memoir about sexism in the justice system, will be published by Allen & Unwin next year.
Mirandi’s novella The Fish Girl won Seizure’s Viva la Novella V and was shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize. Her work has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories and her debut novel, She be Damned, was released in 2017. Mirandi is currently prose editor of Peril Magazine.
Yen-Rong is a Brisbane-based writer, and the founding editor of Pencilled In. Her work has been published in the Guardian, the Lifted Brow, Overland, Feminartsy, and more. She is currently working on a non-fiction manuscript which explores the impacts of growing up Christian and Chinese on her attitudes towards sex, drugs, and music.
Nevo is a 20-year-old activist, student, writer and public speaker with a particular focus on issues surrounding gender, sex and sexuality.
Assigned female at birth, Nevo has had a complex relationship with gender, transitioning as male, undergoing different medical interventions and now identifying outside of a female/male gender binary.
They work particularly with children as a youth leader and through running programs and workshops in schools. They are also a contact point in the Jewish community for other children and families confronting issues of gender and sexuality in their own lives. Finding Nevo is their first book.