In this edition of the Next Big Thing, glimpse works-in-progress from our first intake of 2018 Hot Desk Fellows – fresh from ten weeks of work on their projects inside the Wheeler Centre.
Featuring new writing from Amanda Anastasi, Ra Chapman, Triana Hernandez, Leah Jing McIntosh, Laura Jean McKay, Thuy On and Harry Reid.
Amanda Anastasi is a Melbourne poet who has been published everywhere from the walls of Windsor’s Artists’ Lane to the Massachusetts Review in the US. Her debut poetry collection was 2012 and other poems and she recently co-authored The Silences (Eaglemont Press, 2016). Amanda was awarded th... Read more
Ra is an actress, theatre maker and writer. She has recently been selected for the 2018 Cinespace/Film Victoria StoryLab Program, and was a member of the 2017 Besen Writers Group at Malthouse Theatre. Ra was adopted from Busan, South Korea at age four and was reunited her birth father six years ago.... Read more
Triana Hernandez is a music journalist, music video director and artist manager (Various Asses, Hexdebt). Triana’s work consistently pushes for representation and opportunities for artists that challenge Australia’s white, straight and male-centric music industry. Her interviews with artists... Read more
Leah Jing McIntosh is a critic, researcher, and the founding editor of Liminal, an anti-racist literary project. As part of her work for Liminal, Leah has published books, produced literary events, created mentorships and fellowships, and established national literary prizes, to create new spaces an... Read more
Laura Jean McKay is the author of Holiday in Cambodia (Black Inc. 2013), shortlisted for three national book awards in Australia. Her work appears in Meanjin, Overland, Best Australian Stories, the Saturday Paper, and the North American Review. Laura is a lecturer in creative writing at Massey Unive... Read more
Thuy On’s debut collection of poetry, Turbulence, was published by UWAP in 2020. Her poetry has appeared in a range of online and print publications including: Cordite, Eureka Street, Mascara Literary Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Gargouille, Djed Press, Antithesis, Lor Journal, Folk magazine... Read more
Harry Reid was the Wheeler Centre’s Receptionist.
They are also a poet living in the western suburbs of Melbourne. Their work has appeared in Cordite and Voiceworks.
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