I’m an Australian lyric essayist, editor, teacher, and PhD candidate.
My debut essay collection Blueberries was recently acquired by Text Publishing. My chapbook Yellow City is forthcoming with The Atlas Review. I’m represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
My essays, poems, and short stories have been published widely in small places. Some of these are literary journals such as Literary 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 are daily periodicals including Guardian, The Australian, and Eureka Street, where I wrote a monthly cultural politics column between 2011-2016. My work has been anthologised in the titles The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two (2017), Poetic Justice (2014) and The Emerging Writer (2013).
I recently co-curated Synthetic Heat Winter Reading Series with Eloise Grills. This series brought together authors and artists working in and around the expanded field of nonfiction, writing that might be described (after Maggie Nelson) as ‘interesting prose that bears witness to fact, life, and the problematics of having a body in spacetime.’
In a former life, I was an editor of The Lifted Brow.
An early draft of Blueberries was shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize and longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award 2017. In 2016, the title essay of the collection was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers and longlisted for the Richell Prize. In 2017, Blueberries received support from both the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.
Over the years, 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 Artist Run Initiative, 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.
I teach creative writing at the University of Melbourne and RMIT.
The photo of me at the Rathaus Schöneberg was taken by Nicholas Tammens.
Contact me: ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com.