I'm a Macedonian-Australian writer of fiction and narrative nonfiction, and an occasional producer of zines. My particular interests include hidden histories, the migrant experience, queer and feminist themes, intentional solitude, social connection, and the blurry line between memory and imagination, fiction and fact. I live in Brisbane/Meanjin 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).
Later this year, my novella, Husk, Root, Bone, will be published by Big Fiction Magazine (USA). This project was supported by a Copyright Agency IGNITE grant, and was a Fiction Category finalist for the 2018 Summer Literary Seminars Contest (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, 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 Verity La and 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 Summer Writing Program USA) and have undertaken a residency at Arteles Arts Centre (Finland). The career development funding I have received includes an Arts Queensland Individuals grant, a Queensland Writers' Centre scholarship, and most recently a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant to research and develop new work.
Alongside my writing practice, 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, cat lover and am currently completing a Masters in comparative religion, with a particular focus on alternative spiritualities and practices of embodiment.