At Glenfern mansion, St Kilda East, October 2019.
Warami & jingi wallah
My name is Mykaela Saunders and I’m a creative and critical 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 was born on my ancestors’ Dharug lands in Western Sydney, and grew up between 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’ve worked in Aboriginal education since 2003, and my research focusses on trans-generational trauma and healing in my community.
I’ve been writing fiction and poetry since 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 February 2021.
I live and work with gratitude on the lands of the Kulin nation (Melbourne), the Bundjalung nation (northern rivers of NSW), and the Dharug-Eora nation (greater Sydney area).
Current projects & appointments
Doctor of Arts (creative writing). Goori-futurism: envisioning the sovereignty of Bundjalung country, community, and culture through speculative fiction, University of Sydney, 2017-2021
Fellowship. Varuna Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship, 2020
Guest lecturer. ‘Carpentaria’, ‘Indigenous Futurisms’, and ‘Indigenous Cli-Fi’, ENGL10004 Indigenous Literature, University of Melbourne, 2020-present
Research. Best practise guidelines to inform a recovery program for Aboriginal people experiencing family and domestic violence, Wollumbin Family Support Inc, 2019-present
Course co-ordinator & lecturer. INDG1001 Introduction to Indigenous Cultures, Winter school program, University of Sydney, 2017-present
Public lecture. Writing & Concepts: Lecture Series, Linden New Art, St Kilda, September 2020
© Mykaela Saunders, 2020