Ellena_headshot_c_ E SavageHello. 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 Literary Agency. At present I’m writing my first novel, an anarchist comedy, and working as a teaching fellow in creative writing at the University of Birmingham.

I don’t write often for magazines/journals these days but I once did. Essays, stories, poems, and in-between things have appeared in dozens of literary journals including Sydney Review of Books, Paris Review DailyLiterary Hub, Meanjin, Overland, Cordite, Mirror Lamp Press, Kill Your Darlings,The Big Issue Fiction Edition and The Lifted Brow (where I was an editor); 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’ve had new work commissioned for gallery and performance contexts via Darebin City Council, Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Liquid Architecture, and ArtsHouse. 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 portrait (selfie) of me above was taken on my phone. 

If you’d 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.