2016 Steering Committee
Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian author and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. Her short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 ABIA Award for Best Literary Fiction and the 2015 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Stella Prize. Her memoir, The Hate Race and her poetry collection Carrying the World have recently been published to great acclaim, and her first children’s book, The Patchwork Bike, will be published by Hachette in late 2016. You can find her at slamup.blogspot.com and @slamup.
Stephanie Convery is a Sydney-based writer and deputy culture editor at the Guardian Australia. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Overland, Meanjin, ABC’s The Drum, Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, The Big Issue and other local and international publications. She is also a former deputy editor of Overland. You can find her at gingerandhoney.com and @gingerandhoney.
Monica Dux is a columnist with The Age, and the author of Things I Didn’t Expect (when I was expecting), co-author of The Great Feminist Denial, and editor of the anthology Mothermorphosis. She can be heard regularly on ABC radio, and has published widely, especially on women’s issues. Monica was a founding board member of the Stella Prize. You can find her at monicadux.com.au or @monicadux.
Andie Fox is a writer and economist. She has written a weekly column for Daily Life and contributed to The Guardian, The Huffington Post, the Wheeler Centre, SBS Comment, Feministe and Meanjin. Fox is a contributing author to several books, including The Good Mother Myth, and Mothers at the Margins. She has also been profiled in Ms Magazine and appeared at the Melbourne Writers Festival. Fox frequently appears as a guest on ABC Radio’s Parenting Panel. You can find her at bluemilk.wordpress.com or @bluemilk.
Shakira Hussein is a research fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Asia Institute. She is also a regular commentator on issues of gender, Islam and multiculturalism in Australia. Her essay about her experiences of post-9/11 Pakistan and her multiple sclerosis, Non-Elevenths, was selected for inclusion in The Best Australian Essays 2011. Her book, From Victims to Suspects: Muslim women since 9/11, was published in February 2016. You can find her @shakirahussein.
Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte Australian woman living in Melbourne. She is the current National Indigenous Organiser for the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). Celeste writes regularly for Daily Life and has been published in a wide variety of places, including New Matilda, The Stringer, SBS News and IndigenousX. She was the keynote speaker at the 2016 QVWC’s annual International Women’s Day address. You can find her at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist and @Utopiana.