Pluto is packed with brilliant and exciting work from young Australian writers and artists. In fiction, Ellen Perdriau describes the insidiousness of surveillance technology, and Courtney McClelland draws us into a surreal but visceral experience of the toll capitalism can take on the body and mind. In nonfiction, Lauren Ironmonger’s ‘The Body That Listens’ offers tender and exciting theories on noise and its potential for disruption in white Australia, while Jess Cockerill delves into heteronormativity and queer time in the part-theory part-fanfic essay ‘pretty guardians of a queer time and place’. Patrick Gunasekera’s poem ‘Hey there’s a lot of white people here, if anything happens can you back me up?’ highlights the exhausting presence of whiteness in the arts, and Jasmine Pickup’s comic ‘We Are Literally Dying for Melbourne’s Queerest Talents’ critiques the tokenisation of people of colour and queer people by trendy media outlets.
In this issue you’ll also find killer zucchinis, Meryl Streep’s ghost, dream interpretation, reflections on prayer and divinity, Afrofuturism, and dogs.
Pluto features illustrations by Ives Wong, and is all wrapped up in a stunning cover by Zachary Durian.
Featuring: Munira Tabassum Ahmed / Kiki Amberber / Melissa Bandara / Hepsibah Benjamin / Kasumi Borczyk / Ivana Brehas / Brianna Bullen / Lilian Yu Wen Cao / Charlene Ding / Greer Clemens / Jess Cockerill / Yuna Yamasaki Davis / Marina Fernando / Isabella Guulifer-Laurie / Patrick Gunasekera / Riley Hammond / Lujayn Hourani / Lauren Ironmonger / Tiia Kelly / Courtnery McClelland / Ellen Perdriau / Jasmine Pickup / Cecile Richard / Lili Rojo / Bronte Wiltshire / Ives Wong