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I am a writer based in Sydney, born in Hong Kong, studying at the University of Sydney.
Donnalyn Xu is a Filipino-Chinese writer, poet, and sometimes-artist living on stolen Gadigal land. She has written for Overland, Honi Soit, Voiceworks, Art Edit, and Hermes, amongst others. Her writing often explores the strangeness of memory, particularly through our relationship with art and materiality. She is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Sydney, studying Media and Communications with a double major in English and Art History.
Edie is a Hapa woman from Geraldton, Western Australia. She is twenty-seven and a high-school teacher.
Gabrielle Dadgostar is an Australian-Iranian-French film director. Gabby started out making music videos, before transitioning to graffiti videos. Recently she has focused on working with WOCs and BIPOC, a successful and satisfying direction to dedicate herself to. She loves to be enchanted by an image and seeks to share this wonderful feeling with the audience.
Andrea Mendez is a Salvadorean writer from Melbourne. She co-wrote ‘OPHELIA/MACHINE’ for Melbourne Fringe 2017 which won the Emerging Writers award and in 2018 was a guest speaker in ‘A Raven, A Desk’ as part of the Emerging Writers Festival. She has been featured in Overland and Sangre Migrante.
A young emerging writer, all about growth.
HANNAH G. MORRIS
Hannah Grace Morris is a 19-year-old, English Literature student in Oxford. Her writing interests span from; mental health, feminism, sociology, creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She spends her free time; creating music, experimenting with photography and singing all genres of music.
Intwari is a 23 year old Rwandan-Australian artist based in Sydney,Australia. His form of art would be storytelling through photography,writing and videography. Intwari has written a good number of blogs/poems speaking about mental health issues and toxic masculinity. In this piece, Intwari shares his story of how crying is seen as weakness within his community and mentioning how it is okay for a man to cry.
DR ELAINE LAFORTEZA
Dr Elaine Laforteza has a PhD in Cultural Studies. She teaches in the School of Communication and the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation at the University of Technology, Sydney. Her book, ‘The Somatechnics of Whiteness and Race’ is available through Routledge. She has published in academic journals, literary publications and community newsmedia on the topics of colonialism, cuteness and Filipino-Australian relations. For merging academic research with community activism, she received the ‘Distinguished Service, Young Alumni’ award from Macquarie University. She also hosted monthly storytelling shows called Generation Women and is an emerging playwright with her plays produced for the 2018 Sydney Fringe Festival, the 2019 Short and Sweet Festival and for UTS Backstage’s 2019 double bill production.
Joel Mak is a writer who has dabbled in both fiction and non-fiction. Culturally amorphous, he has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Hong Kong, Ipoh, Montreal, and Noda. He is teaching ESL while completing a postgraduate degree in public policy.
JACOB KOBINA AYIAH MENSAH
Jacob Kobina Ayiah Mensah, is an algebraist and artist, works in mixed media. His poetry, prose, art and hybrid have appeared in numerous journals. He lives in the southern part of Ghana, in Spain, and the Turtle Mountains, North Dakota.
I am a Hazara artist from Afghanistan. Currently, I live in Indonesia as a refugee. Visual art helps me to explore emotions and my experiences in a positive way, beyond what I can express words. Art has given me the power to bring out my catharsis in meaningful ways. I paint or draw something on a canvas it heals me. I love the joyful, soft and energetic feeling a piece of art.
Laila Thaker is a fearless Torres Strait Islander (Meriam Mir/Badulaig woman) on her mother’s side, and Indian/Singaporean on her father’s side. As a First Nations Performer and Artist, Laila has over fifteen years experience in the creative industries. Currently creating under “Black Shell”, Laila draws inspiration from the formations, textures and colours of her ancestral homelands.”I like to call my art practice a contemporary manifestation of my connection to country”
Persia Martel-Cruz is a professional photographer/videographer and documentarian from Detroit, Michigan based in Melbourne. A retired model, Martel-Cruz has been deeply involved with the arts from a young age and draws creative energy from her desire to teach others. Her professional interests include social justice, identity, social innovation and self-expression.
Raveena Grover is a multidisciplinary creative who has had her words published in Sweatshop Western Sydney, and performed as part of Sydney Fringe Festival and Between Two Worlds. She is focused on exploring the beauty, strength and realities of South Asian cultures and traditions through art.
RICHMOND KOBLA DIDO
RICHMOND KOBLA DIDO
I am a Ghanaian born creative/photographer currently based in Sydney,Australia. I am heavily Inspired by photographers such as Malick Sadibe and Seydou Keïta and hope to be able to capture the world as seen through my lens.
SARAH (SLEDGE) ASUMADU
Sarah Asumadu (Sledge) is a 27-year-old writer and poet. The daughter of a Ghanaian father and white mother, much of Sarah’s writing orbits around her relationship to blackness and navigating this through the diaspora. Her writing explores themes of love, grief, finding sameness in chosen family, biological family, pain, growth, fragility and strength.
I was born at 1980, I graduated at university of Tehran ,my major is human geography .but I always was interested in arts ,especially in fine arts.I am a painter without master, but I have had a lots of practical exercises and lots of background studies.I painting and graphic designs.I paint all of my paintings by knife painting.
Shawn Anto is from Delano, California. He’s originally from Kerala, India. He received his B.A. in English & Theatre at CSU Bakersfield. His writing has been featured or are forthcoming in Reed Magazine, O:JA&L, Mojave Heart Review, and elsewhere.
Thuy On is a freelance arts and literary journalist/critic. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Age/SMH, The Australian, The Saturday Paper, ArtsHub and Books+Publishing. Her first book, a collection of poetry, is out now by UWA Publishing. It’s called Turbulence.
Simone is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Sydney. Her works span from ink illustrations and watercolour paintings, to sculptures and rope bondage. Her major in Anthropology flows through her explorations of intimacy and empathy that string through her works. She recently exhibited at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and goodspace.
Suhasini Seelin hopes to save the world through moving image. She has conceptualised, produced, directed and acted in various productions on stage, TV and web. She was artist in residence at City of Melbourne’s Boyd Studio in 2018 where she created her first concept art-work with collaborator Persia Martel-Cruz.
Trista Hurley-Waxali just finished a stint living in LA for 6 years and is enjoying her new adventure living in the South of France. She has performed at Avenue 50, Stories Bookstore and internationally at O’bheal Poetry Series in Cork, Ireland and a TransLate Night show from Helsinki Poetry Connection. She writes weird short stories and is working on her novel, At This Juncture.
Tanya Ali is a Pakistani-Australian broadcaster, speaker, artist and writer. She hosts Monday Arvos on FBi Radio, and produces the Race Matters podcast. She is also the Music Editor at Peril magazine. Across all mediums, she is interested in exploring the intersection of music and art with culture and politics.