Alumni & friends

Writer and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis (former General Manager/CEO) is Director of Regional Arts Victoria and co-curator of Architecture+Philosophy. Esther has led several key Victorian arts organisations including Melbourne Fringe, Craft Victoria and SYN Media. She has served on many boards, including chairing the Arts Industry Council (Victoria), and is a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival Programming Advisory. Esther’s work has been published widely in Australia and overseas, most recently in The Age, The Australian, un Magazine, Houses and Meanjin, where she co-writes a column on arts policy and politics.

Jessica Au (former Voiceworks contributor) is a Readings bookseller and the former Deputy Editor of Meanjin Quarterly. Her first novel, Cargo, was published in 2011 by Picador.

Sam Cooney (former Voiceworks writer and Editorial Committee member) has written for Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Griffith Review, Bookseller & Publisher, The Rumpus, The Big Issue, and The Lifted Brow, amongst others. He has edited fiction for Overland, blogged for Southerly, and tweeted for the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, where he watched in stunned stunnedness as Bryce Courtenay walked about on all fours barking like a dog. He is the fiction editor at The Lifted Brow.

Craig Garrett (former Voiceworks editor — 1998–2000) is a Brisbane-based writer, editor and broadcaster whose work has appeared in the Sleepers Almanac, Strange4, Meanjin, Wet Ink, West of the West, The Big Issue and Visible Ink. In addition to living and working in Timor-Leste for three years, he’s completed a Masters in Creative Writing, seen whales and sharks, and in 2008 he became an uncle. His first novel Transition Events is still awaiting a publisher, but he’s working on two more: Magpie and A Country of Second-Hand? (supported by a Creative Writing PhD scholarship at Griffith University). An extract from Magpie was short listed for Wet Ink’s 2011 Short Story Prize. He has spoken at numerous writers’ festivals, sat on a number of curatorial boards and was going to enter the 2012 QLD Premier’s Literary Prize later this year.

Pat Grant (former Voiceworks contributor) is a cartoonist writer and zine maker. He was worked for mainstream magazines like Tracks and Australia’s Surfing Life, hoity toity literary journals like Meanjin and the ratbag independent press but all of the most interesting stuff ends up in Lumpen, his sporadically released zine. His first graphic novel, called simply Blue, will be released in Australia and the United States in 2012.

Steve Grimwade (former Artistic Director) is the Director of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival and co-host of 3RRR’s Aural Text. He has also been editor of the Australian lit-mag Going Down Swinging, a freelance book editor, Program Director of the Victorian Writers Centre and Director of the Emerging Writers Festival. He was the general editor of the book Literary Melbourne.

Jack Heath (former Voiceworks contributor) is the award-winning author of six action-packed thrillers for young adults. He started writing his first novel, The Lab, at age 13, and earned a publishing contract for it at 18. Now 25, his books are popular in eight countries.

Justin Heazlewood (former Voiceworks contributor) is better known by his stage name, The Bedroom Philosopher. Best known for his musical comedy works, The Bedroom Philosopher has released several albums, performed at many arts festivals, been nominated for an ARIA Award and is a regular guest on several Australian radio shows.

Anna Krien (former Voiceworks contributor and Editorial Committee member) has been published in The Big Issue, The Monthly magazine, and The Age among other places. Her poem ‘The Last Broadcasters’ won the 2008 Val Vallis Award. In 2010, Black Inc. published her debut book titled Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests which was shortlisted for the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Benjamin Law (former Voiceworks writer) is a Brisbane-based freelance writer. He is a senior contributor to frankie magazine. His debut book, The Family Law (2010), was published by Black Inc. Books and shortlisted for Book of the Year (2011) at the Australian Book Industry Awards.

Ryan Paine (former Voiceworks Editor) has worked as a book editor at Wakefield Press in Adelaide, was Director of Format Festival’s Academy of Words, also in Adelaide, and has had book reviews published in The Big Issue, Australian Book Review and on Radio National’s The Book Show. He has had stories and essays published in various places of low repute but high quality, has many friends in low places with lofty ideas about a new world order, but is currently learning how to stop worrying and start living in South-east Asia. Hit him up if you’re in the neighbourhood.

Josephine Rowe (former Voiceworks contributor and Editorial Committee member) has had fiction, poetry and non-fiction appear in various places, including Best Australian Stories, Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Overland, The Griffith Review and Dumbo Feather. Her collection of stories How a Moth Becomes a Boat was released in 2010 through Hunter Publishers, and a second collection is forthcoming through UQP in 2012. She was a participant of the 2011 International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Find her at

Bel Schenk’s (former Artistic Director) poetry book Ambulances & Dreamers was published in 2008 by Wakefield Press. Bel is currently the Arts and Cultural Development Officer at Darebin City Council.

Laura Vitis (Voiceworks contributor) is a Criminology  PhD candidate at Monash University . Her short stories have appeared in Voiceworks and Verge. In 2009 her story Picasso Boy was included in the Black Inc 2009 Best Australian Short Story Anthology and in 2011 she won the Short Story category of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards with Donyale Runs a Heart.

Richard Watts (former Artistic Director) is a Melbourne-based arts writer and broadcaster. In addition to being the Arts Editor at Arts Hub he presents the weekly program SmartArts on 3RRR. Richard has worked for a wide array of arts organisations, and has sat on numerous boards.

Lili Wilkinson (former Voiceworks contributor and board member) is the author of several books including the young adult titles Scatterheart and Pink. First published at the age of 12, Lili was employed by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria, where she managed Inside a Dog, a highly acclaimed all-about-books website for teenagers.

Chloe Wilson Chloe Wilson is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne. Her first collection, The Mermaid Problem, was published by the Australian Poetry Centre in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in The Age, Blue Dog, Wet Ink, Voiceworks and Going Down Swinging. In 2009 she won both the Poetry and Youth categories of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Awards and the Page Seventeen poetry prize. She is a former poetry editor for Voiceworks.

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