I’m an Australian lyric essayist, editor, researcher, and poet. Since 2009, I’ve published over 150 essays, reviews, poems, and short stories.
Some of these have appeared in literary journals such as Literary Hub, Chart Collective, Meanjin, Seizure, Scum, Fireflies, Stilts, The Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow Review of Books, Cordite, Overland, and The Big Issue Fiction Edition 2016; periodicals including Guardian, The Australian, and Eureka Street, where I wrote a monthly cultural politics column between 2011-2016; and in the book titles Poetic Justice (2014) and The Emerging Writer (2013). I’m currently a contributing editor and the books columnist at The Lifted Brow.
I’ve read my work in gallery spaces and at festivals, sat on panels, and delivered lectures and talks at institutions including The University of Melbourne, 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.
The book I’m writing—Blueberries, a collection of lyric essays—has received funding from both the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria, and was recently longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award. In 2016, its title essay was shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers and longlisted for the Richell Prize.
Earlier this year, I developed one of its chapters, ‘Yellow City’, while on an artistic residency at HANGAR Centro de Investigação Artística in Lisbon with career funding from CAL, and another, ‘Lacuna’, at Can Serrat Residencia Internacional de Arte in El Bruc, with a 70% bursary.
In 2015, my essay ‘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; I was named one of Melbourne Writers Festival’s ’30 Under 30′; and I attended the 2015 Tin House Summer Workshop at Reed College, Portland, studying under Maggie Nelson. In 2014, my essay ‘Secret Warzone’ was shortlisted for the print and online category of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Human Rights Award. I was a 2013 recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, and in 2012, I won the Tharunka non-fiction prize.
I’m currently a third-year Ph.D. student in Creative Writing at Monash University, supported by an RTP Stipend.
Contact me: ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com.