Meanjin Vol 82, No 3

By Meanjin

Devoted entirely to work by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and artists, Meanjin 82.3 Spring 2023 is framed around notions of place.

Guest-Edited by Bridget Caldwell-Bright and Eugenia Flynn, Meanjin 82.3 Spring 2023 is the first edition in the venerable journal's 83-year history to be devoted entirely to the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and artists.

The Meanjin Paper that opens this special edition is an archival interview with Oodgeroo Noonuccal, followed by a State of the Nation piece by Gary Foley, and an interview with Ali Cobby-Eckermann. There are essays by Gregory Phillips, Tristen Harwood, Apryl Day, Celeste Liddle and Davina B Woods; fiction by Tony Birch, Melanie Saward, Jeanine Leane and Jasmin McGaughey; memoir by Anna Wommatakimmi, Rosa Flynn-Smith and Phillip Bell; critical culture pieces by Ali Gumillya Baker, Paola Balla and Philip Morrissey; experimental work by Paul Collis and Wayne Knight (with Jen Crawford and Paul Magee). There's also poetry by Jim Everett, Maria van Neerven, Maya Hodge, Sam Faulkner, Susie Anderson, Samuel Wagan Watson, Graham Akhurst, Lulu Houdini and Boo Badley, Ellen van Neerven, and Melissa Stannard. And finally, this edition's The Year In... piece is by Wesley Enoch.
About the Editors

Esther Anatolitis

Editor of Meanjin Esther Anatolitis is one of Australia's most influential advocates for arts and culture. With two decades in creative and media leadership, she is a highly respected champion of artists' voices. Esther comes to Meanjin with extensive literary sector experience: she is a former CEO of Express Media and publisher of Voiceworks, an Emerging Writers' Festival founder, a Small Press Network founding partner, and a former Melbourne Writers Festival programming committee member. Working across multiple languages, she has edited a diverse range of print and online publications. Esther has curated talks programs, honoured many a PEN empty chair, and mentored zine makers, independent publishers and literary festival directors. A prolific writer and commentator, Esther is one of the nation's most published arts leaders; her book Place, Practice, Politics was published in 2022, and her work is archived at Esther is Hon A/Prof at RMIT School of Art, a member of the National Gallery of Australia Governing Council, and a long-time reader, subscriber and contributor to Meanjin.

Photo courtesy Sarah Walker Photography

Eugenia Flynn

Dr Eugenia Flynn is a Larrakia, Tiwi, Chinese Malaysian and Muslim writer. Her essays, short stories and poems have been published widely including in IndigenousX, Peril magazine and the anthology #MeToo: Stories From The Australian Movement. Eugenia’s academic research focuses on Indigenous ways of writing and engaging with Indigenous texts.

Bridget Caldwell-Bright

Bridget Caldwell-Bright is a Jingili and Mudburra editor based in Melbourne. She currently works as an editorial policies advisor at the ABC. She was previously co-editor for Archer Magazine’s First Nations Edition, managing editor for Blak Brow and has worked as a freelance editor across various trade publishers including UQP, Hardie Grant, Affirm Press, Allen& Unwin, Penguin and Scribe.

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