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

My chapbook Yellow City is out now with The Atlas Review. You can buy it here. 

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

My debut essay collection Blueberries  is forthcoming in March, 2020, from Text Publishing and Scribe UK. I’m represented by Daisy Parente 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 daily periodicals like Guardian 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).

Recent work:

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

Yellow City (exerpt), 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.

Between 2011 and 2017, I was an arts editor, commissioning editor, books columnist, and, for six very good editions, co-editor of The Lifted Brow alongside Stephanie Van Schilt and Gillian Terzis.

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shortlisted for the Penguin Random House Australia Literary Prize and longlisted for the Kill Your Darlings Inaugural Unpublished Manuscript Award 2017.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

Contact me: ellenalksavage [at] gmail [dot] com.