Warami, and jingi wallah! My name is Mykaela Saunders and I’m a creative and critical writer, teacher, community researcher, and performer. I’m Koori, Lebanese, working-class, and queer, and I write for and about the communities I belong to.
I was born on ancestral Dharug lands in Western Sydney, and grew up there and in Tweed Heads. Brought up in Bundjalung country, community, and culture, I belong to the Tweed Aboriginal community through family and other relationships. I live on Boon Wurrung land in Melbourne’s west.
I’ve been learning to write creatively since 2017, when I enrolled in a Doctor of Arts degree in the University of Sydney’s creative writing program. My doctoral project is called Goori-futurism: envisioning the sovereignty and survivance of Bundjalung country, community, and culture through speculative fiction.
My background is in Aboriginal education, and in researching trans-generational trauma and healing in my community. Currently, I coordinate and teach INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures for the University of Sydney’s July intensive, and I’m researching best practise recovery programs to address Aboriginal family and domestic violence for Wollumbin Family Support Inc.
© Mykaela Saunders, 2020