Nikki Anderson – Director
Nikki has worked in the literary arena for over 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, including for the Australian Embassy Beijing. She currently works in government comms. For less work-oriented conversations, she’s @nikkilynell.
Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen – Commissioning Editor
Giselle is a Vietnamese-Australian writer and bookseller based in Melbourne. She is a former Daily Life columnist and has been featured in publications including Kill Your Darlings, The Lifted Brow, Rookie and frankie.
Stephanie Youssef – Social Media
Stephanie is a writer, radio producer and social media editor. She’s been working in community radio since 2016, as newsreader and executive producer of the breakfast show on 2SER FM. She hopes to one day travel the world as a human rights journalist, but, in the meantime, you can keep up with her ever-growing red lipstick collection at @stephameye.
Foong Ling Kong – Chair has two decades’ experience in the publishing industry as an editor and a publisher of books across a wide range of genres, from children’s books to fiction, non-fiction and illustrated titles. She has worked in-house at Penguin, Hardie Grant, Melbourne University Press and Allen & Unwin, and freelanced for many others. She was Managing Editor of Anne Summers Reports and is presently working at the Parliament of Victoria as Editor of Debates. @
Nikki Anderson – see above
Cristy Clark – Deputy Chair 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.
Emma Dallamora is a PhD student at Federation University, researching in aesthetics and creative arts. An all-round floater, she is general manager of the humanities research group CERG, a regular consultant in applied arts strategies for various local and grassroots orgs, and has also worked as a stylist, designer, makeshift curator and general freewheeler, including for the It Takes Courage project, BODA Golden Plains, WolvesChildren, Forte, and VAMFF. She tweets at @poetrystheworst.
Megan Dench is passionate about connecting people to opportunity, working in support of art and artists in philanthropy, funding and sponsorship at Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and the VCA. Now Meg connects students to industry and their career development at the University of Melbourne.
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.
Zoya Patel is the founding editor of Feminartsy, and former Editor-In-Chief of Lip Magazine. Zoya was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize 2015, was the 2014 recipient of the Anne Edgeworth Young Writers’ Fellowship, and was named the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year. Her debut book, No Country Woman, a memoir of not belonging, is out now. She tweets at: @zoyajpatel.