Melbourne Artists

Girls Write Up Melbourne 2018 Artists – May 31 & June 1

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Rachel Ang

Rachel Ang is a comics artist from Melbourne. Her work has been published in The Lifted BrowThe Suburban Review and Scum Magazine. She is the Art Director of Pencilled In, a new magazine devoted to publishing and promoting the work of young Asian-Australian writers and artists.




Timmah Ball

Timmah Ball is a freelance writer and zine-maker of Ballardong Noongar descent. She has written for The Griffith Review, Un Magazine, Meanjin, Overland, Westerly Magazine, Art Guide Australia, The Lifted Brow online, and won Westerly Magazine’s Patricia Hackett Prize for writing in 2017. She recently co-produced Wild Tongue zine as part of Next Wave Festival 2018.


Paola Balla

Paola Balla is a Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara woman, artist, curator, writer and educator based at Moondani Balluk Indigenous Academic Centre, Victoria University as the Lisa Bellear Indigenous Research Scholar focussed on Aboriginal women’s art and practises of resistance. She co-curated Sovereignty and Unfinished Business, perspectives on art and feminism, ACCA.



Candy Bowers

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.



Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ activist, writer and educator. She is member of the Victorian Ministerial Council on Women’s Equality, The Victorian governments’ LGBTI taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group and The Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s Disability Reference Group and teaches in disability at Victoria University. Her work in LGBTIQ disability rights provides a powerful insight into the reasons why society needs to change, rather than people with disabilities.


Marita Dyson

Marita Dyson, one half of The Orbweavers, is a multidisciplinary artist working in song and visual art, and a collection manager in Arts at Museums Victoria. Marita has written and released three albums, composed for film, presented radio, and performed nationally. She is a State Library of Victoria Creative Fellow, currently writing songs about Melbourne waterways.



Laniyuk Garcon

Laniyuk Garcon was born of a French mother and a Larrakia, Kungarrakan and Gurindji father. Her poetry and short memoir often reflects the inter sectionalist of her cross cultural and queer identity. She was fortunate to contribute to the book Colouring the Rainbow: Blak Queer and Trans Perspectives. Laying won the Indigenous residency for Canberra’s Noted Writers Festival in 2017, the Overland Writers Residency for 2018, and was shortlisted for Overland‘s 2018 Nakata Brophy poetry prize.


Eloise Grills

Eloise Grills is a writer, editor and comics artist living in Footscray. Her comics, poems, illustrations and essays have been published widely, in places like Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, The Suburban Review and CHART Collective. She is the memoir editor for Scum Magazine, tweets and grams from @grillzoid and shares art through her Patreon:



Rebecca Harkins-Cross

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is a writer, editor, critic and researcher. She is currently the film editor for The Big Issue, film columnist for The Lifted Brow and is undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University. Her writing focuses on arts and culture, specialising in cinema, and has appeared in magazines, journals and newspapers across Australia and the world.



Simmone Howell

Simmone Howell’s YA novels include Notes from the Teenage Underground, Girl Defective and Take Three Girls (with Fiona Wood and Cath Crowley). Her non-fiction on houses, pop-culture, maps and memories, has features in various Fairfax publications, Overland, Kill Your Darlings and Dumbo Feather. She is currently undertaking a PhD at LaTrobe University on life-writing and coming of age narratives



Eleanor Jackson

A regular guest at Australian literary and arts festivals, Eleanor Jackson has been described as capable of creating “powerful quiet.” Two-time winner of the Midsumma Poetry Slam and national finalist for the Australian Poetry Slam, she delights in sharing stories.

Her poetry is published in Overland, Arc Poetry Magazine, Going Down Swinging, Peril Magazine, Scum Magazine and the Cordite Poetry Review and has appeared on FBI’s ‘All the best’, RRR’s ‘Aural Text’, 3CR’s ‘Spoken Word’, ABC Radio National’s ‘Night Air’, and the online poetry channel ‘IndieFeed: Performance Poetry.’ Her radio play, Agent Ion, was featured as a part of Radiotonic for ABC Radio National, and her short fiction, The Transfer, appeared in Review of Australian Fiction. In 2014-2015 she was Artist in Residence at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane. Her first chapbook, A Leaving, is published by Vagabond Press.

Eleanor is committed to developing and hosting events and experiences that showcase the diversity of poetic language. She is the Producer of the Melbourne Poetry Map, Chair of Peril Magazine, and a Stella Prize board member.



Kali Myers

Kali Myers is an emerging queer writer based in Melbourne. Her work explores intersections of violence, gender, sexuality and socialised identity. Her short stories and essays have previously appeared in The Monthly, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, Transportation Press’ Smoke One, Tincture Journal, Feminartsy, TiNA 2017 and Writers Victoria Salons. You can generally find her at the Brunswick dog park with her cocker-bear, Loki.



Ellena Savage

Ellena Savage is an Australian lyric essayist, editor, teacher and PhD candidate. Her essays, poems and short stories have been published widely in small places, including Literary Hub, Chart Collective, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Scum, The Lifted Brow Review of Books, Cordite, Overland and The Big Issue. 

Ellena is a former editor of The Lifted Brow and is currently working on her debut collection of essays, which was recently shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize.