Tristen is an Indigenous writer, critic, editor and researcher. The eldest of seven children, he was raised in Perth’s outer suburbs by a single mother on welfare. After relocating to Narrm/Melbourne he completed an Arts degree and has since worked as independent critic and essayist in Narrm and New York. He’s writing on art, film, fashion and literature is published in The Saturday Paper, The New York Times Magazine, The Monthly, Art + Australia, Artlink, amongst others and has recently been translated into Spanish.
Alongside writing, Tristen has worked in Indigenous student support, arts education, research, editing, and mentoring roles. He is a volunteer board member at independent arts publisher Un Projects.