Join some of Australia’s most exciting established and up-and-coming LGBTQIA+ writers for the launch of Kindred, a groundbreaking collection of YA short stories. Offering exclusive access to Kindred a month before you’ll find it in bookshops, editor Michael Earp and contributors Omar Sakr, Claire G. Coleman, Erin Gough and Jax Jacki Brown reflect on this powerful collection that gives voice to, and celebrates the lives of, characters across the gender and sexuality spectrums.

Supported by the City of Parramatta.

Omar Sakr (Australian)

Omar Sakr

Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney. His first book These Wild Houses was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor prize and the Judith Wright Calanthe award. His new collection is The Lost Arabs. Omar's poetry has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish, in numerous publications including Overland, Griffith Review, Meanjin, Circulo de Poesia, The New Arab, the Asian American Writers Workshop, Wildness, and Tinderbox, among many others.

Erin Gough (Australian)

Erin Gough

Erin Gough is the author of two award-winning novels for young adults, The Flywheel, which won the Ampersand Prize, and Amelia Westlake, which won the Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Erin's work has been published in Germany and the United States. Her short stories have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies, including Black Inc.'s Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Going Down Swinging and, most recently, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories out in June, 2019.

Claire G. Coleman (Australian)

Claire G. Coleman

Claire G. Coleman is a Wirlomin Noongar woman whose ancestral country is on the South Coast of Western Australia. Her debut novel Terra Nullius, won a Black&Write! Fellowship and a Norma K Hemming Award and has been Shortlisted for the Stella Prize and an Aurealis Award. Claire features in Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories Anthology. The Old Lie, due for release September 2019, is her second novel.

Jax Jacki Brown (Australian)

Jax Jacki Brown

Jax Jacki Brown is a disability and LGBTIQ rights activist, writer and educator. She has written for Junkee, Daily Life, The Feminist Observer, Writers Victoria, ABC's Ramp Up, Hot Chicks with Big Brains, and Archer Magazine: The Australian Journal for Sexual Diversity. Jax is published in the following anthologies: Queer Disability Anthology, Doing It, Queer Stories and 2019 releases Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and Growing up Queer in Australia

Alison Evans (Australian)

Alison Evans

Alison Evans is an author of two YA books from Melbourne, Australia. Their novel, Ida, was the winner of the People's Choice Award at the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. They recently published their second novel, Highway Bodies, and are a contributor to new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories. They are based in Melbourne where they continue to work towards their lifelong dream of being a purveyor of rabid gender politics.

Michael Earp (Australian)

Michael Earp

Michael has over fifteen years' experience as a children's literature specialist between working for a children's publisher and bookselling, and currently works at The Little Bookroom in Melbourne. He studied Early Childhood Education, has a Masters in Children's Literature and was previously chair of the #LoveOZYA committee. His writing has appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis. He is the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and a contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories.