Voiceworks has seen many people come through our doors, many of whom go on to do great things in the world.

Esther Anatolitis

Former Express Media General Manager
Writer and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis is Director of Regional Arts Victoria, and co-curator of Architecture + Philosophy. Esther has held CEO-level positions with several key Victorian arts organisations including Melbourne Fringe, SYN Media and Craft Victoria, and she has served on many boards, including chairing the Arts Industry Council (Victoria). Esther’s work has been published widely in Australia and overseas, most recently in The Australian, The Age and The Emerging Writer. During her time at Express Media she led a revamp of the magazine as well as the founding of the Emerging Writers’ Festival as an independent organisation.

Romy Ash

Former Voiceworks editorial committee member
Every Monday night for four years I volunteered for Voiceworks Edcom. That room full of passionate writers was so important to me. I wrote stories, and for the first time my work was edited (by the wonderful Kelly Chandler), she questioned me, challenged me, and my writing was so much better for it. I write novels now, Floundering, my debut is shortlisted for the Miles Franklin.

Jessica Au

Former Voiceworks contributor
Jessica Au lives and writes in Melbourne. She is the former Deputy Editor of Meanjin Quarterly. Cargo, her first novel, was published in 2011 by Picador and was highly commended in the 2012 Kathleen Mitchell Award. She has worked at Readings as an occasional bookseller and editor of the Readings Monthly.

Sam Cooney

Former Voiceworks writer and editorial committee member
Sam Cooney has been published in Meanjin, Island, Seizure, The Rumpus, The Big Issue, and a Sleepers Almanac, amongst others. He has guest-edited fiction for Overland, blogged for Southerly, and reported for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. He is the editor and publisher of The Lifted Brow.

Abi Crompton

Abi is the Founder and Director of Third Drawer Down, an innovative company that specialises in the production and wholesale of limited editioned art products with international artists and designers through boutique and online retailer; consultancy and agency that works with international art and design museums on the production of Art souvenirs through Third Drawer Down Studio.

Tom Doig

Former Voiceworks editor
Tom Doig is a writer, performer, editor and moron. He was born and raised in Wellington, New Zealand; in 2001 he moved to Melbourne ‘for a year’ and never left. Tom’s non-fiction has been published in The Big Issue, The Lifted Brow, Sleepers Almanac, Voiceworks, The Death Mook, ACF’s Habitat magazine, and most recently and disturbingly, in Maxim. His plays include Survival of the Prettiest, The Badness Hour, Hitlerhoff, One-Arm and Three-Arms in the Swamp and Selling Ice to the Remains of the Eskimos. Tom has worked as Editor of Voiceworks magazine (2004-6), Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival (2006-7), Associate Producer of the Next Wave Festival (2009-10), and The Guy Who Answers a Phone that Never Rings, Ever for the Victorian Curriculum Assessment Authority (2009; 2012). Tom has an MA in Hitler Comedy and is currently a PhD candidate at Monash University, researching a book about the lived experience of climate change in Australia. In July 2010, Tom and his best mate Tama Pugsley mountain-biked 1487 kilometres across northern Mongolia from a small town called Mörön to a smaller town also called Mörön. This remains the greatest achievement of his life, unfortunately. Mörön to Mörön: two men, two bikes, one Mongolian misadventure, published by Allen & Unwin in May 2013, is Tom’s first book.

Adam Ford

Former Voiceworks editor, editorial committee member, and management committee member
Adam is the author of the poetry collections The Third Fruit is a Bird, Not Quite the Man for the Job and From My Head. He also wrote the novel Man Bites Dog and the short story collection Heroes and Civilians. He has edited the journals Going Down Swinging, Overland Express, &, and moments. He has been published in Meanjin, cordite, Geek Mook and Best Australian Poems. By day he edits Youth Central, a life advice website for young people. His website is theotheradamford.wordpress.com.

Craig Garrett

Former Voiceworks editor (1998–2000)
Brisbane-based writer, editor and broadcaster whose work has appeared in the Sleepers AlmanacStrange4Meanjin, Wet InkWest of the WestThe Big Issue and Visible Ink. In addition to living and working in Timor-Leste for three years, he has completed a Master’s in creative writing, seen whales and sharks, and in 2008 he became an uncle. His first novel, Transition Events, is still awaiting a publisher, but he’s working on two more: Magpie and A Country of Second-Hand? (supported by a creative writing PhD scholarship at Griffith University). An extract from Magpie was short-listed for Wet Ink’s 2011 Short Story Prize. He has spoken at numerous writers’ festivals, sat on a number of curatorial boards and was going to enter the 2012 QLD Premier’s Literary Prize later this year.

Pat Grant

Former Voiceworks contributor
Voiceworks changed my life. I’ll never forget the day I met Editor Tom Doig and several members of the EdComm at the tail end of a wild night at This Is Not Art in 2004. They called me Tap Arse after a creepy character from a comic that I had submitted. Everyone thought it was hilarious. We were all high on something called diviner’s sage. It was the first time I’d ever met someone who knew of my work without knowing me first. From that day on I wrote the comics column and contributed illustration to the mag until I got too old. When you get too old they kick you out of the youth arts arena into the spiny and acerbic world of the emerging writer. Since then I went to work drawing pictures for the surf media, made a bunch of zines, scammed a few grants, worked like a bastard and got a graphic novel published. I won a sci fi award for the graphic novel and got write-ups in all the sort of places you’d want write-ups. A US and French publisher took the book on. I also enrolled in a PhD program (aka the ultimate art scam) at Macquarie Uni and come 2014 I’ll be a Doctor of comics. Which actually means I’m over-educated and even more unemployable than ever. When that’s done, and the sweet sweet university gravy runs out, I plan on getting my dream job working as a stevedore at Port Kembla in the Illawarra. In my spare time I’ll be making some more zines, beginning the next graphic novel and yelling at the internet.

Jack Heath

Former Voiceworks contributor
Jack Heath has published six novels in nine countries and been shortlisted for several awards, including Young Australian of the Year, the Nottinghamshire Brilliant Book Award and the Aurealis awards for Best Sci-Fi Novel and Best Young Adult Short Story. He has taught creative writing at schools all over Australia, and his teenage heist novel Money Run is popular all over the world. His submissions to Voiceworks – the short storiesSleep and The Mistress – were among his earliest published pieces.

Justin Heazlewood

Former Voiceworks contributor
Justin Heazlewood is an awkward, sorry, award-winning writer, performer and musician. As The Bedroom Philosopher, he has released three albums, including Songs From The 86 Tram, which spawned the anthem ‘Northcote (So Hungover). Last year he published his first book The Bedroom Philosopher Diaries through Affirm, earning praise from Neil Gaiman and Tony Martin. He is currently working on a second about being an artist in Australia. As The Bedroom Philosopher he has created his own genre-cult of word-packed indie-jams. Think TISM meets Beck at Paul Kelly’s barbecue. Backed by his Awkwardstra, he delivers “a life-changingly memorable experience and cause for major concern.” The former Cleo ‘Bachelor of the Arts’ will soon release his forthcoming fourth album produced by SPOD. Justin has written for Frankie, The Big Issue, Mess & Noise & Zoo Weekly (Melbourne Zoo’s bi-annual gazette) and appeared in the recent Penguin anthology ‘Women Of Letters.’ As a wordsmith, Justin has a reputation for mixing psychedelic wit with bittersweet pathos. In his time as a senior writer for Frankie he tackled everything from male virginity to mental illness. Being a precocious only-child, he is inspired by Dave Eggers ‘Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius’ and prescribes to the “more is more is more” school of cathartic writing.

Anna Krien

Former Voiceworks contributor and editorial committee member
Anna Krien is the author of Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests and Quarterly Essay 45 Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals. Her writing has been published in The Monthly, The Age, Best Australian Essays, Best Australian Stories and The Big Issue. When she was 22, Krien was published for the first time in Voiceworks magazine and soon joined the Voiceworks editorial committee where she stayed for three years.

Benjamin Law

Former Voiceworks contributor
Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer and someone Andrew Bolt once called ‘a gay with comprehension issues’. He is a frequent contributor to Good Weekendfrankie, The Monthly and Qweekend, has written for over 50 publications in Australia and worldwide, and has been anthologised in The Best Australian Essays. His debut book The Family Law (2010) was shortlisted for Book of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and is currently being developed for television. Gaysia, his second book, is out now. In 2012, Benjamin won the Express Media Award for Outstanding Achievement By a Young Writer Under 30*.

*Technically, he had recently turned 30 when he received the award; please don’t tell anybody.

Geoff Lemon

Former Voiceworks contributor and EdComm member
Geoff joined EdComm for 2006’s Superfunhappy issue, and went on to become Voiceworks’ first poetry editor. The same year he founded the popular spoken word night Wordplay, which ran until 2009. Over those years he also performed at hundreds of shows and became widely published in journals. On leaving Voiceworks in 2008 he began as poetry editor for harvest and released his first book Sunblind. Geoff spent 2010 in Argentina, then returned to edit long-running literary publication Going Down Swinging, while also taking up political commentary and sportswriting. These days he freelances for publications like Crikey, The Drum,  and The Sunday Age; is a columnist and editor for sports opinion site The Roar; broadcasts on ABC and RRR radio; appears at literary festivals here and overseas; and runs the satirical commentary site Heathen Scripture. In 2012 he co-directed the National Young Writers Festival. He also wrote the collaborative novel Willow Pattern alongside writers like Nick Earls, Krissy Kneen and Steven Amsterdam, while in 2013 a short collection of his non-fiction has just been released as part of Momentum’s The Sturgeon-General Recommends series.

Ryan Paine

Former Voiceworks editor (2006–2008)
Has worked as a book editor at Wakefield Press in Adelaide, was director of Format Festival’s Academy of Words, also in Adelaide, and has had book reviews published in The Big IssueAustralian Book Review and on Radio National’s The Book Show. He has had stories and essays published in various places of low repute but high quality, has many friends in low places with lofty ideas about a new world order, but is currently learning how to stop worrying and start living in South-east Asia. Hit him up if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Josephine Rowe

Former Voiceworks contributor and editorial committee member
Josephine Rowe is the author of short story collections How a Moth Becomes a Boat (Hunter Publishers, 2010) and Tarcutta Wake (UQP, 2012). She has had fiction, poetry and non-fiction appear in various places, including Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, The Iowa Review and Harvard Review, and is currently working on a new collection of stories. Find her at josephinerowe.com.

Alicia Sometimes

Former Voiceworks contributor and editorial committee member
Melbourne based writer, poet and broadcaster. Alicia was editor of the national literary journal Going Down Swinging for seven years and has toured nationally and internationally with her poetry. She hosts 3RRR’s books and writing show Aural Text and is a fortnightly books presenter on Rafael Epstein’s Drive program on ABC 774. She has two poetry collections, kissing the curve and Soundtrack. www.aliciasometimes.com

Laura Vitis

Voiceworks contributor
Criminology  PhD candidate at Monash University. Her short stories have appeared in Voiceworks and the Verge anthology. In 2009, her story ‘Picasso Boy’ was included in the Black Inc. Best Australian Stories 2009 anthology, and in 2011 she won the Short Story category of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards with ‘Donyale Runs a Heart’.

Richard Watts

Former artistic director of Express Media
A Melbourne-based arts writer and broadcaster, Richard has worked for a wide array of arts organisations and has sat on numerous boards, including four years as the Chair of Melbourne Fringe. Most recently he joined the Board of literary journal Going Down Swinging, which published some of his early fiction and spoken word pieces many years ago. During his time at Express Media, Richard founded the Emerging Writers’ Festival and has delighted in watching it grow. He is also a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, after a seven-year stint on the festival’s programming committee, during which time he watched a lot of films, good and bad. After leaving Express Media, Richard worked as the news editor, and then editor, of the weekly LGBT newspaper MCV for several years. He is currently employed as the performing arts editor and national reviews coordinator at www.artshub.com.au. Richard also presents the weekly program SmartArts on 3RRR, which he has hosted since 2005.

Lili Wilkinson

Former Voiceworks contributor and board member
Lili Wilkinson was first published in Voiceworks when she was thirteen, and has been involved with Express Media ever since – as a contributor, a management committee member, a workshop presenter and a general enthusiastic advocate. She is now an award winning author and has published eight books. Until 2011, Lili worked at the Centre for Youth Literature, where she curated the Inside A Dog website on literature for teenagers. She’s currently studying for a PhD at the University of Melbourne. Her titles include Scatterheart, Pink, A Pocketful of Eyes and most recently The Zigzag Effect. She’s published in Australia by Allen & Unwin.

Chloe Wilson

Former Voiceworks poetry editor
Chloe Wilson’s first collection, The Mermaid Problem, was commended in the Anne Elder Award and Highly Commended in the Mary Gilmore award. Her poems have appeared in Meanjin, Best Australian Poems, The Age, Going Down Swinging, Wet Ink, Blue Dog, fourW and Voiceworks, and are forthcoming in Award Winning Australian Writing and Australian Love Poems 2013. She was the winner of the 2012 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and has previously won the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award (Poetry and Youth categories), the Page Seventeen Poetry Prize, and the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers (Poetry 18-24 category). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.

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