Headshot_LeahJingHi! I’m an Australian essayist and academic. I live mostly in Athens. This is my writer bio.

My debut essay collection Blueberries is out now with Text Publishing (Aus/NZ) and Scribe UK. You can buy it here.

I am a 2019-21 Marten Bequest scholar for prose. I recently completed a Ph.D. in Creative Writing at Monash University, with a dissertation advancing a materialist-feminist genealogy of the contemporary essay.

I’m represented by Daisy Parente and Jenny Hewson at Lutyens & Rubinstein. 

My essays, poems, and short stories have been published in the hundreds in small places. Some of these are literary journals such as Sydney Review of Books, Paris Review DailyLiterary 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 periodicals like The Age, Guardian Weekend and Eureka Street, where I wrote a monthly cultural politics column between 2011-2016. My work has been anthologised in the titles Choice Words (2019) The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume Two (2017), Poetic Justice (2014), and The Emerging Writer (2013). I am the author of the chapbook Yellow City, published in 2019 by The Atlas Review.

Some recent-ish short work:

I want to live in a classless society, Sydney Review of Books

Yellow City (excerpt), Paris Review Daily

Everything anyone has ever said about the pool, Kill Your Darlings

Biophilia in Biblio, Meanjin

I also write a weekly newsletter, Little Throbs, over at Substack. If you like, you can subscribe.

I teach creative writing sessionally at RMIT and the University of Melbourne, and I co-curate Synthetic Heat Reading Series with Eloise Grills. 

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shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize and longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award 2017.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

For media inquiries (Australia), please contact Madeleine Rebbechi at Text Publishing.
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