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 – Marketing & Communications Manager
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.
Jessica Abramovic – Social Media
Jessica is a Communications Specialist and occasionally writes for TEXT Journal. She volunteers for a number of women’s and feminist groups, including Feminartsy, an online feminist literature and arts journal, and Girls on Bikes, a free learn-to-ride program for migrant and refugee women.
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.
Emma Dallamora – Operations and Governance
Emma is a writer, artist and PhD student at Federation University, where she researches in poetics and aesthetics. From migrant refugee descent, her work focuses on experimental writing in conveying traumatic experience. She has written book chapters on gothic literature and architecture, has worked as a stylist and artist in residence, and is a program curator for the annual Philosophy Symposium in Ballarat. She tweets fabulous, terrible poetry at @poetrystheworst.
Adara Enthaler – Volunteer Coordinator
Adara is a literary arts multi-tool, working in media, marketing and events coordination for the South Coast Writers Centre and Wollongong Writers Festival, and recently Word Travels. Adara has featured as a performance poet at Enough Said Poetry Slam and various live events in the Illawarra, and this year released a poetry zine, Equidistant. She volunteers at arts festivals constantly, at folk festivals around NSW, and most recently at Heroines Fest in Thirroul.
Hellai Gul – Artist Liason
Hellai is a writer, critic, and post-grad at Sydney University. She is the co-founder and contributing editor of Text of Her Own, an online platform for review of women’s writing. Her writing and research interests include modernism, contemporary literature, and feminist philosophy. She tweets at @hellaiG.
Mary Mahoney – Bookkeeper
Mary has worked for many years in financial management for the not-for-profit and arts sectors, including as Finance Manager for Melbourne International Film Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival and Koorie Heritage Trust. She has also worked for many small arts organisations as a finance consultant. Now retired, Mary is pleased to be part of FWF.
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 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.
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.
Veronica Sullivan is Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre, and co-host of Sisteria, a podcast about women’s experiences as creators and consumers of arts and culture. She was formerly Prize Manager of the Stella Prize and Online Editor of Kill Your Darlings. Veronica was one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s 30 Writers Under 30 in 2015, and has written for publications including The Guardian, Overland, Review of Australian Fiction and The Lifted Brow. You can find her at veronicasullivan.com and @veronicaahhh.