Ellena Savage is an Australian writer.
Her essays, stories, poems, and works of criticism have appeared in The Lifted Brow, Literary Hub, Meanjin, Overland, Cordite, The Guardian, The Australian, Junkee, Eureka Street, The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2016, Spook Magazine, Fireflies, Archer, New Matilda, Heroine, Stilts, Right Now, Arena, Seizure, Scum, The Australian Book Review, Readings Monthly, The Suburban Review, The Nose, Farrago, Tharunka, and in the book titles Poetic Justice (2014) and The Emerging Writer (2013). Publications are forthcoming in TEXT Journal of Writing and Writing Courses and Chart Collective.
Ellena has lectured, tutored, spoken on panels, and read new work at the University of Melbourne, Women of Letters, Melbourne Free University, West Space ARI, Melbourne Writers Festival, Eye of the Storm, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Critical Animals Festival, The National Young Writers Festival, The Emerging Writers’ Festival, Digital Writers’ Festival, SEVENTH Gallery, Garage Blackboard Lecture Series, and Slow Canoe Readings.
In 2017, Ellena will undertake artistic residencies at Can Serrat Residencia Internacional de Arte in El Bruc and HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon, and will attend Harvard University’s Institute for World Literature summer school in Copenhagen.
In 2016, her experimental polemic ‘Blueberries’ was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers 2016 and longlisted for the Richell Prize 2016.
In 2015, Ellena’s narrative nonfiction work ‘But With Blood’ was shortlisted for both the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers and the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award, and was longlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers.
She was one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s ’30 Under 30′ in August 2015, and attended the 2015 Tin House Summer Workshop at Reed College, Portland, where she studied with Maggie Nelson.
In 2014, her essay ‘Secret Warzone’ was shortlisted for the print and online category of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Award. Ellena was a 2013 recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, and in 2012, she won the Tharunka non-fiction prize with her essay ‘A Man Like Luai’.
Ellena holds a B.A. in Islamic Studies and Creative Writing with first-class Honours from the University of Melbourne, where in 2010 she co-edited Farrago, the university’s official student magazine, and Above Water, the University of Melbourne Student Union’s annual creative writing anthology.
Ellena is a contributing editor at The Lifted Brow and is undertaking a PhD in literary studies at Monash University, supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.