Hi. I’m an Australian essayist and educator. I live mostly in Athens. This is my writer bio.
My debut essay collection Blueberries is forthcoming from Text Publishing. My chapbook Yellow City was a co-winner of The Atlas review Chapbook Series 2018 and is slated for publication in early 2019. 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 Paris Review Daily, 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 like 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 Choice Words (forthcoming, March 2019) The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two (2017), Poetic Justice (2014), and The Emerging Writer (2013).
I write a weekly newsletter, Little Throbs, over at Substack. Sometimes these letters gesture towards important, serious things like class and gender and history and architecture; other times they say rude things about the tragedy and ecstasy of being made of meat. If you like that sort of thing, you can subscribe.
Between 2011 and 2017, I was an arts editor, commissioning editor, books columnist, and, for six editions, a grand co-editor of The Lifted Brow. Last year I co-curated Synthetic Heat Winter Reading Series with Eloise Grills.
I teach creative writing sessionally at RMIT and the University of Melbourne.
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shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize and longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award 2017.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.
The photo of me was taken by Leah Jing.
Contact me: ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com.