I‘m an Australian lyric essayist, editor, teacher, and PhD candidate. I am from Melbourne, via Sydney, regional New South Wales, and Athens.
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, Chart Collective, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Seizure, Scum, Fireflies, Stilts, The Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow Review of Books, Cordite, Overland, and The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2016; 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 am a former editor of The Lifted Brow.
I’m currently working on my debut collection of essays titled Blueberries with the support of Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria. It was recently shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize. An early draft was longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award 2017. In 2016, its title essay was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers and longlisted for the Richell Prize.
Last year I developed ‘Yellow City’ while on an artistic residency at HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon, and another essay, ‘Lacuna’ (forthcoming in KRASS Journal) at Can Serrat Residencia Internacional de Arte in El Bruc.
I’ve read my work in gallery spaces and at 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 am undertaking a PhD at Monash university, and 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.