Nikki Anderson – Co-Chair. Nikki has worked in the literary arena for almost two decades, including as a literary agent in Spain and acting publisher at Spinifex Press. She has managed festival programs and planned and executed author tours and exhibitions throughout Asia. She is a literary and communications consultant and manages the Australian Embassy Beijing’s annual Australian Writers Week. For less work-oriented conversations, she’s @nikkilynell.
Cristy Clark – Co-Chair. Cristy is a writer and academic. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Kill Your Darlings, The Conversation, Essential Kids, The Big Issue, Overland, and the Human Rights Defender. She has a PhD in Human Rights Law from UNSW and lectures at the Southern Cross University School of Law and Justice. You can find her at cristyclark.wordpress.com or @cristyclark.
Jo Case – Public Program Manager. Jo is program manager of Melbourne Writers Festival and the author of Boomer and Me: A Memoir of Motherhood, and Asperger’s (2013), which was shortlisted for the inaugural Russell Prize for Humour Writing. She has been associate editor of Kill Your Darlings, books editor of The Big Issue, deputy editor of Australian Book Review and a founding board member of the Stella Prize. You can find her @.
Veronica Sullivan – Marketing and Programs Manager. Veronica is Prize Manager of the Stella Prize and co-host of Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. She was a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and was one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 Writers Under 30 in 2015. Veronica was formerly Online Editor for Kill Your Darlings journal, and has written for publications including The Guardian, Overland, Right Now, The Lifted Brow, Archer and Feminartsy. You can find her @veronicaahhh.
Alice Richardson – Communications and Marketing. Alice works in marketing and communications for Humanities 21, a non-profit organisation that promotes the value of a humanities education. She has worked as a freelance editor, and was an intern at the 2015 Reykjavik International Literary Festival. She has an Honours degree in History and completed a Masters in Publishing and Communications in 2015.
Emma Silver – Communications and Marketing. Emma is a writer, artist and research student at Federation University, investigating feminist and queer film theory and the intersection between memoir and fairy tale as a form of feminist revisionism. She has worked as a stylist and curator and undertook a residency at Wolveschildren Art Space in 2016. She writes experimental essays and feminist elegies on her back porch while listening to the birds. You can find her @emmalinasilver.
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.