Co-founder / Strategic Director: Yasmin Masri is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and creative producer. She has worked on events including the DESIGN Canberra festival, Australian Ceramics Triennale and the London Design Biennale. Yasmin is also a co-founder and creative director of rip publishing. See some of the other stuff she makes here.

Co-founder / Strategic Director: Yasmin Masri is an interdisciplinary artist, designer and creative producer. She has worked on events including the DESIGN Canberra festival, Australian Ceramics Triennale and the London Design Biennale. Yasmin is also a co-founder and creative director of rip publishing. See some of the other stuff she makes here.

Creative Producer - First Nations: Delephene Fraser grew up in the Karringgai nation (Woy-Woy) where she was taken by her mother to see the rock carvings and the surrounding national park. She also has long lasting connections with the Larrakeyah people, the Elsey River Station mob in the Jawoyn nation; people from Cairns and the Far North Rainforest (Qld) and sea people. Growing up in such diverse environments has given her knowledge of the diversity of the Aboriginal people within Australia and the amazing talents and depth the culture holds. Passionate about Aboriginal knowledge and history: Delephene believes in self-determination and reconciliation. She has written for the National Indigenous Times and is currently completing a degree in Politics and Aboriginal Affairs.   

Creative Producer - First Nations: Delephene Fraser grew up in the Karringgai nation (Woy-Woy) where she was taken by her mother to see the rock carvings and the surrounding national park. She also has long lasting connections with the Larrakeyah people, the Elsey River Station mob in the Jawoyn nation; people from Cairns and the Far North Rainforest (Qld) and sea people.

Growing up in such diverse environments has given her knowledge of the diversity of the Aboriginal people within Australia and the amazing talents and depth the culture holds.

Passionate about Aboriginal knowledge and history: Delephene believes in self-determination and reconciliation. She has written for the National Indigenous Times and is currently completing a degree in Politics and Aboriginal Affairs. 

 

Co-founder / Curator: Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Jet Fuel Review and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (life during wartime) - KF&S Press, 2013 - is his first book. His latest is for all the veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) - Bareknuckle Books, 2016. Find more of his work here.

Co-founder / Curator: Andrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Jet Fuel Review and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (life during wartime) - KF&S Press, 2013 - is his first book. His latest is for all the veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) - Bareknuckle Books, 2016. Find more of his work here.

Co-founder / Artistic Director: Lucy Nelson is a regular contributor to the Big Issue. Her book reviews and feature articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald and she has published and performed personal essays and short fiction for various publications and events. Recently Lucy was shortlisted for the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Prize. Lucy was the 2014 recipient of Writers Victoria's Templeberg Residential Writing  Fellowship, Writer in Residence for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre's Strange Attractor program and has sat on judging panels for Writers Victoria and the ACT Writers Centre. 

Co-founder / Artistic Director: Lucy Nelson is a regular contributor to the Big Issue. Her book reviews and feature articles have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald and she has published and performed personal essays and short fiction for various publications and events. Recently Lucy was shortlisted for the Sean O'Faolain Short Story Prize. Lucy was the 2014 recipient of Writers Victoria's Templeberg Residential Writing  Fellowship, Writer in Residence for Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centre's Strange Attractor program and has sat on judging panels for Writers Victoria and the ACT Writers Centre. 

Creative Producer - Live Events: Aidan Delaney is an arts administrator, publisher, and writer based in Canberra. He was raised in the hills of South Gippsland and moved to Canberra in 2010, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English at ANU. Aidan has a background in hospitality and currently works in administration and events for a local arts centre. In 2016, he co-founded independent publisher, Obiter Publishing. Aidan is also a writer of queer non-fiction. He has previously written for samesame.com.au and is currently researching the relationship between class and homosexuality in Australia.

Creative Producer - Live Events: Aidan Delaney is an arts administrator, publisher, and writer based in Canberra. He was raised in the hills of South Gippsland and moved to Canberra in 2010, where he completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English at ANU. Aidan has a background in hospitality and currently works in administration and events for a local arts centre. In 2016, he co-founded independent publisher, Obiter Publishing. Aidan is also a writer of queer non-fiction. He has previously written for samesame.com.au and is currently researching the relationship between class and homosexuality in Australia.

Co-founder / Independent Publishing Fair Coordinator: Duncan Felton is a Canberra-based editor and writer. He’s the founder of independent publisher Grapple Publishing and is one of the coordinators of Canberran literary collective Scissors Paper Pen. He has been an invited festival artist at You Are Here, the Emerging Writers Festival and the National Young Writers’ Festival. He has worked or volunteered with The Lifted Brow, Blemish Books and Express Media. His words have appeared in Verity La, Voiceworks Magazine, BMA and Burley, among others.

Co-founder / Independent Publishing Fair Coordinator: Duncan Felton is a Canberra-based editor and writer. He’s the founder of independent publisher Grapple Publishing and is one of the coordinators of Canberran literary collective Scissors Paper Pen. He has been an invited festival artist at You Are Here, the Emerging Writers Festival and the National Young Writers’ Festival. He has worked or volunteered with The Lifted Brow, Blemish Books and Express Media. His words have appeared in Verity La, Voiceworks Magazine, BMA and Burley, among others.

Creative Producer - Digital: Marta Skrabacz is a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary writer, producer and journalist. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash and has written for Overland, Going Down Swinging, Right Now, Accidental Discharge, and others. She works in marketing and information technology and in her spare time, engages in creative facilitation and curation. She is currently writing a book on memoir and women writers and runs a story-based project, Well in Theory. 

Creative Producer - Digital: Marta Skrabacz is a Melbourne-based interdisciplinary writer, producer and journalist. She has a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Monash and has written for Overland, Going Down Swinging, Right Now, Accidental Discharge, and others. She works in marketing and information technology and in her spare time, engages in creative facilitation and curation. She is currently writing a book on memoir and women writers and runs a story-based project, Well in Theory

Creative Producer - Professional Development: Leife Shallcross lives at the foot of Mount Ainslie in Canberra, with her family and a small, scruffy creature that snores. She reads fairy tales to her children at night, and then lies awake listening to trolls (or maybe possums) galloping over her tin roof. Her short fiction has appeared in Aurealis and several Australian and international anthologies of fantasy and science fiction. She is actively involved in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and helps organise Canberra’s science fiction convention, Conflux. She can be found online at leifeshallcross.com and on Twitter @leioss.

Creative Producer - Professional Development: Leife Shallcross lives at the foot of Mount Ainslie in Canberra, with her family and a small, scruffy creature that snores. She reads fairy tales to her children at night, and then lies awake listening to trolls (or maybe possums) galloping over her tin roof. Her short fiction has appeared in Aurealis and several Australian and international anthologies of fantasy and science fiction. She is actively involved in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild and helps organise Canberra’s science fiction convention, Conflux. She can be found online at leifeshallcross.com and on Twitter @leioss.

Communications Co-ordinator Sophie Mannix is an arts administrator, English student and writer, but spends most of her time immersing herself in as much art as possible. She has worked in a variety of roles at the ACT Writers Centre over the last three years, including as Social Media Manager and Communications Intern. She is also about to relaunch Writer of Oz, a website dedicated to informing writers about the Australian writing industry. She is deeply passionate about Canberra’s writing community, and prioritises helping writers connect to the industry and find their people. 

Communications Co-ordinator Sophie Mannix is an arts administrator, English student and writer, but spends most of her time immersing herself in as much art as possible. She has worked in a variety of roles at the ACT Writers Centre over the last three years, including as Social Media Manager and Communications Intern. She is also about to relaunch Writer of Oz, a website dedicated to informing writers about the Australian writing industry. She is deeply passionate about Canberra’s writing community, and prioritises helping writers connect to the industry and find their people.