ES_CharlieKinrossHello. I’m an Australian author. This is my writer bio.

My debut essay collection Blueberries is out now with Text Publishing (Aus/NZ) and Scribe UK. You can buy it here.

I’m represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein. I am currently working on a novel.

I have a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Monash University. My thesis, conferred in October 2019, advanced a materialist-feminist genealogy of the contemporary essay. Since 2014, I’ve worked as a creative writing educator at RMIT, The University of Melbourne, and at community arts centres around Australia and online.

My essays, poems, and short stories have been published in the hundreds. Some of these have appeared in literary journals such as Sydney Review of Books, Paris Review DailyLiterary Hub, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Scum, Fireflies, Stilts, The Lifted Brow Review of Books, Cordite, Overland, and The Big Issue Fiction Edition; others in periodicals like The Age, Guardian Weekend and Eureka Street, where I wrote a monthly cultural politics column between 2011-2016. My work has been anthologised in the titles Open Secrets (forthcoming), The Cambridge History of the American Essay (forthcoming), Choice Words (2019) The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two (2017), Poetic Justice (2014), and The Emerging Writer (2013). I am the author of the chapbook Yellow City, published in 2019 by The Atlas Review.

Some short work published online:

I want to live in a classless society, Sydney Review of Books

Yellow City (excerpt), Paris Review Daily

Everything anyone has ever said about the pool, Kill Your Darlings

Biophilia in Biblio, Meanjin

I’ve read my work in gallery spaces, parks, bars, and garages. I have appeared at writers festivals, sat on panels, and delivered lectures and talks at institutions including Melbourne Free University, Melbourne Writers Festival, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Alice Springs Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival, Women of Letters, West Space ARI, and the National Young Writers Festival. I’ve undertaken artistic residencies at HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon, and Can Serrat Residencia Internacional de Arte in El Bruc, and I was a student at Tin House Summer Workshop in 2015.

The very nice photo of me, above, was taken by Charlie Kinross.

If you’d like to hire me as a writer, educator, speaker or mentor, or if you’d just like to say hello, you can email me at ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com. I’m taking a break from blurbing new books right now.

For other media inquiries, please contact Madeleine Rebbechi (Australia) at Text Publishing, or Aoife Datta (UK) at Scribe UK.