Hello and welcome to my website. I’m a Macedonian-Australian writer of fiction and narrative nonfiction, and, way back, I was also a keen producer of zines. (Many of them are still available in ephemera collections in libraries across Australia.) My particular interests include hidden histories, diaspora identities, queer and feminist themes, intentional solitude, social connection, and the challenges of representing 'truth'. Currently, I live in Brisbane on Yuggera and Turrbal country.
My autofiction collection, In My Father’s Village & Other Freedom Stories, is available as a free-access e-book through Pollitecon Publications (Australia), and was shortlisted for the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Award. The project was supported by the 2018 HARDCOPY Manuscript Development Program, and made possible by a Skopje University/Macquarie University scholarship to study in Macedonia; and residencies at the Can Serrat International Arts Centre (Spain) and House Conspiracy (Brisbane). I’m grateful for all of these opportunities and to Pollitecon Publications, especially, for providing a home for my stories as a whole.
Also in 2020, my novella Husk, Root, Bone was published by Big Fiction Magazine (USA), who were a pleasure to work with too. The project was supported by a Copyright Agency IGNITE grant, and was a Fiction Category finalist for the 2018 Summer Literary Seminar Contest (Georgia/USA/Canada).
My short stories and personal essays have appeared widely in Australian, New Zealand, UK and US literary journals and magazines, including Meanjin, Southerly, The Big Issue (and more recently here), Gargouille, Feminartsy, Headland, The Wrong Quarterly, Transnational Literature, Hecate, Porridge, Ibis House, Tincture, Girls Will Be Girls, Page 17, Famous Reporter, We'll Never Have Paris and more, and anthologised in Heroines (The Neo Perennial Press). Radio National has audio-produced a couple of pieces; you can listen to them here and here. I have also written reviews and conducted author interviews for publications such as Mascara Literary Review.
My work has won the Biennial Literary Award, been highly commended for the Ink Tears Short Story Competition, and longlisted for the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and Fish Short Story Prize. I am also a graduate of the 2019 Summer Literary Seminar (Georgia), Naropa University's 2018 Summer Writing Program (USA) and have undertaken a residency at Arteles Arts Centre (Finland). The other career development funding I have received includes an Arts Queensland Individuals grant and a Queensland Writers' Centre mentorship scholarship, and most recently, in 2019, a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant to research and develop new long form work. Luckily, with the grant, I was able to travel to and conduct my 'solitude' research on the remote De Witt Island right before the COVID border closures of March last year – but only just. Needless to say, I came back to a whole new world for which I had no idea how uncannily I had prepared.
Alongside my writing practice and studies, I work in Community Services and volunteer with various projects such as Food Not Bombs and Growing Forward Kurilpa. I'm also a yoga enthusiast and teacher, and a helpless, hopeless lover of a cat called Lila.