Warami & jingi wallah

I’m a writer, teacher, and community researcher, with occasional forays into other types of arts. I’m Koori, Lebanese, working-class, and queer, and I write for and about the communities I belong to.

I began writing fiction and poetry in 2017, when I enrolled in a Doctor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney. My doctoral project is called Goori-futurism, and for the creative component of this project I’m working on a short story collection, due May 2021. I’ve worked in Aboriginal education since 2003, and my research explores trans-generational trauma and healing in my community.

I was born on my Dharug ancestors’ lands in Western Sydney, and grew up between there and in Tweed Heads, in Bundjalung country, community, and culture. I belong to the Tweed Aboriginal community through family and other relationships. I live and work with gratitude between the lands of the Bundjalung nation (northern rivers of NSW), the Dharug-Eora nation (greater Sydney area), and the Kulin nation (Melbourne).

Current projects & appointments 

Doctor of Arts (creative writing). Goori-futurism: stories of sovereignty and survivance, from Bundjalung country, community, and culture, University of Sydney, 2017-2021

Recipient. Creative Victoria VicArts Grant, 2020

Recipient. Varuna Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship, 2020

Course co-ordinator & lecturer. INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, Winter school program, University of Sydney, 2017-present

Upcoming  

Public lecture. Writing & Concepts: Lecture Series, Linden New Art, St Kilda, September 2020

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