Nikki Anderson – Co-Chair & Board Member
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 & Board Member
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.
Lara Shprem – General Manager
Lara has a background in events and festival management. She has previously worked for UPLIT (presenter of the Brisbane Writers Festival) and at the State Library of Queensland. She is passionate about accessibility in the arts and diversity in literature.
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. @gisellenguyen
Emily Briggs – Volunteer Coordinator
With a background in activism and community engagement, Emily’s work is centred around the promotion of gender equity and LQBTQI rights. Emily has recently worked as Program Manager for Switchboard Victoria, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator for Oxfam Australia, and Managing Director for Road to Refuge.
Kate Bullen – Development Coordinator
Kate is a proud feminist and not for profit advocate, recently relocated to Melbourne. She became involved in women’s activism at the University of Sydney through Reclaim the Night and has since volunteered for Amnesty International, UN Women Australia and the International Women’s Development Agency.
Sian Campbell – Social Media Coordinator
Sian is a freelance writer, the Editor-In-Chief of Scum Magazine and a former co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival. Her writing has been published in Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Voiceworks, Spook and Junkee. In 2017 she was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize.
Emma Dallamora – Program Coordinator
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.
Helen Papadimitriou – Venue Coordinator
Helen is an experienced conference and events coordinator, working with Optometry Victoria and the Australian Booksellers Association to deliver member conferences for up to 1200 people and trade exhibitions for up to 60 exhibitors. She was the venue coordinator for the inaugural Feminist Writers Festival in 2016 and is thrilled to be supporting the 2018 festival in the same role.
Natasha Saltmarsh – Artist Liaison
Natasha is an editor interested in art history and nonfiction writing. She began her arts administration career at the National Gallery of Victoria, and has worked in senior support roles at the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery and Film Victoria. A few years ago, she embarked on a career change and completed a Master of Arts in Editing and Publishing. She now works in communications and editing within a government department.
Yen-Rong Wong – Sponsorships Coordinator
Yen-Rong is a Brisbane-based writer and the founding editor of Pencilled In, a literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the work of Asian Australian artists. She has written for a variety of publications, including The Guardian, Kill Your Darlings, Overland, Tincture Journal and Feminartsy. She was shortlisted for the Deborah Cass Prize for Writing in 2017, and is currently working on an essay collection that examines the intricacies of navigating sex and relationships as a young (Malaysian-)Chinese woman, under a Western gaze. You can find her at @inexorablist.
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.
Foong Ling Kong 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. @
Veronica Sullivan is Programming Manager at the Wheeler Centre, and the 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.
Louise Taylor is a proud Kamilaroi woman, a lawyer and the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Legal Aid ACT. Louise is passionate about access to justice for, and the empowerment of, Aboriginal women. A former specialist family violence prosecutor, long time Convenor of the ACT Women’s Legal Centre and former Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, Louise is currently a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Indigenous Legal Issues Committee and an associate of UNSW’s Indigenous Law Centre. You can find her at @MsLou27.
2016 Steering Committee
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