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

My debut essay collection Blueberries was published by Text Publishing and Scribe UK in 2020. It was shortlisted for the 2021 VPLA and long-listed for the Stella Prize. You can buy it here. I’m represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein.

I’m currently working on a novel. From September, I’ll be a Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at Birmingham University. My PhD, on the relationship between institutions and literary form regarding the contemporary essay, was conferred in 2019. 

My writing has appeared in dozens of literary journals including Sydney Review of Books, Paris Review DailyLiterary Hub, Meanjin, Overland, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings,The Big Issue Fiction Edition and The Lifted Brow; in periodicals like The Age, Guardian Weekend and Eureka Street, where I wrote a monthly cultural politics column between 2011-2016, and in the anthologies Open Secrets (2021), 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 also published a chapbook Yellow City with The Atlas Review in 2019. My work has been supported by the Marten Bequest, Creative Victoria, Copyright Agency Limited, and Australia Council for the Arts.

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

If you’d like to hire me as a writer, speaker or mentor, or if you’d just like to say hello, you can email me at ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com.

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

I’m taking a break from blurbing new books right now.