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Associate Professor Julia Prendergast


Portfolio: Prizes and Partnerships

Julia lives in Melbourne, Australia, on unceded Wurundjeri land. Her novel, The Earth Does Not Get Fat (2018) was longlisted for the Indie Book Awards (debut fiction). Her short story collection: Bloodrust and other stories was published in 2022. Julia is a practice-led researcher—an enthusiastic supporter of transdisciplinary, collaborative research practices, with a particular interest in neuro|psychoanalytic approaches to writing and creativity. Julia is Chair of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), the peak academic body representing the discipline of Creative Writing (Australasia). She is Associate Professor and Discipline Leader (Creative Writing) at Swinburne University.

Dr Daniel Juckes

Deputy Chair

Daniel Juckes is a writer from Perth, Western Australia. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing at UWA, Associate Editor at Westerly Magazine, and holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Curtin University. His creative and critical work has been published in journals such as AxonKalliope X, Life Writing, M/C Journal, Meanjin, TEXT, and Westerly. He was highly commended in the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award, and recently recorded a talk at TEDxYouth@KingsPark.

Distinguished Professor Jen Webb


Jen Webb is a Canberra-based poet, who arrived here via South Africa, New Zealand,Canada, and various parts of Australia. After an earlier career as an accountant, she shifted into the academy, and is Distinguished Professor of Creative Practice, and Dean of Graduate Research, at the University of Canberra. Jen researches the relationship between the field of creative production and the social, economic, political and ecological domains; and writes (mostly) prose poems. Recent publications include the scholarly volumes Researching Creative Writing (Frontinus, 2015) and Art and Human Rights: Contemporary Asian Contexts (with Caroline Turner; Manchester UP, 2016), and poetry volumes Watching the World (with Paul Hetherington; Blemish Books, 2015), Sentences from the Archive, and Moving Targets (Recent Work Press, 2016 & 2018) and, with Shé Hawke, Flight Mode (Recent Work Press, 2020). She is co-editor of the literary journal Meniscus, and research journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Dr Eileen Herbert-Goodall


Portfolio: Memberships Liaison,

Eileen Herbert-Goodall is a writer of non-fiction and short fiction. She is the author of a novella titled The Sherbrooke Brothers. She has worked as a Sessional Academic (Creative Writing, Literary Practice and Literary Studies) with the University of the Sunshine Coast and Swinburne University of Technology. Eileen is currently an Academic Editor.

Dr Katrina Finlayson

Public Officer

Katrina Finlayson is a creative writer and researcher, working mostly in creative nonfiction. She holds a doctorate in creative writing from Flinders University, and her PhD research used the psychoanalytical theory of the Uncanny as a launch point to explore ideas about the anxiety of being a stranger and how this relates to creative writing. Katrina’s personal and critical essays have been published in Meanjin, TEXT journal, and Axon. Her writing explores ideas about strangeness, place and displacement, home and travel, and the nature and significance of memory and identity.

Associate Professor Sue Joseph

Portfolio: Postgraduate & ECR Representative

A journalist for more than forty years, working in Australia and the UK, Sue Joseph (PhD) began work as an academic at the University of Technology Sydney in 1997. As a Senior Lecturer, she taught journalism and creative writing, particularly creative non-fiction. Now as Associate Professor, she is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, a Visiting Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney, and a doctoral supervisor at the University of Sydney and Central Queensland University. Currently Joint Editor of Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics and Joint Editor of the Palgrave series of books on Literary Journalism. Joseph has written four books and co-edited five more.

Associate Professor Julienne van Loon

Portfolio: Research

Julienne van Loon’s most recent book, The Thinking Woman, was highly commended in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Nonfiction. It was also published into the US, UK and Korean markets. She is the author of three novels, notably Road Story, which won The Australian/Vogel’s Award and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth First Book Prize. A recipient of fellowships from Asialink, Bundanon, Varuna, Arteles (Finland) and Banff Centre (Canada), Julienne has written for publications including Sydney Review of BooksGriffith Review and The Monthly. She is series editor for Bloomsbury Academic’s Research in Creative Writing series, and a Managing Editor at TEXT. Currently Associate Professor in Creative Writing at University of Melbourne, she is also an Honorary Fellow in writing at the University of Iowa.

Sarah Giles

Portfolio: AAWP website | online presence coordinator

Sarah Giles (she/her) is a PhD candidate at Swinburne University researching the possibilities of the contemporary short story cycle exploring women’s experiences of isolation, trauma and mental illness. Sarah works at Writers Victoria and the Jewish Museum of Australia as Marketing & Communications Officer. Her writing has been published in The Writing Mind: Creative Writing Responses to Images of the Living Brain, ACE IV: Arresting Contemporary stories by Emerging Writers, ACE III: Arresting Contemporary stories by Emerging Writers, The Incompleteness Book, TEXT journal, The Victorian Writer and Lip Magazine.

Sarah takes an interest in fractured narratives, women’s relationships, Joy Hester, intersectional feminist perspectives and realist fiction.

Dr Ben Stubbs

Portfolio: Document Management

Dr Ben Stubbs is a senior lecturer in journalism and creative writing at the University of South Australia. Prior to academia he was a travel writer for publications such as the New York Times, the Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. He has written five books exploring different facets of creative non-fiction and travel writing and his most recent research explores writing and isolation and was published by Routledge in 2022. Ben is part of the Special Issues editorial team for TEXT journal.