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The Return of Print?: Contemporary Australian Publishing

Notes on Editors and Contributors

Aaron Mannion is associate publisher at Vignette Press. He has edited and co-edited a range of publications, including the postgraduate magazine Plane Tree, the creative writing anthologies Muse and Nth Degree, the reviews section of the peer-reviewed journal Traffic and Vignette Press’s Geek Mook. He is currently fiction editor at Antic. Aaron read English Literature at the University of Cambridge and is currently completing a PhD at the University of Melbourne. He is deputy chair of the Small Press Network and co-convener of the Independent Publishing Conference’s academic day. His work has been published in Wet Ink, The Sleepers Almanac, Island and elsewhere. He’s been shortlisted for the 2011 Wet Ink Short Story Prize and for the Penguin Manuscript Award in 2009 and 2011.

Emmett Stinson is a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle and was previously a Lecturer in Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. He researches on contemporary Australian publishing, focusing on small publishers and literary publishing. His collection of short stories, Known Unknowns (Affirm Press, 2010), was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. His monograph, Satirizing Modernism: Romanticism, Aesthetic Autonomy, and the Avant-Garde is forthcoming from Bloomsbury in 2017.

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David Carter is Professor of Australian Literature and Cultural History at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He is currently completing a history of American editions of Australian books and is engaged with the Australian Cultural Fields project, investigating contemporary Australian cultural tastes and participation.

Sarah Couper is a Sydney-based writer and editor. She is deputy editor at Look, the monthly members’ magazine for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2013, she investigated the status of female leadership in Australian trade publishing for the thesis component of the Master of Publishing and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Critic Watch is Dr Ben Etherington, who is a lecturer in postcolonial and world literary studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University. He writes regularly for the Sydney Review of Books on Australian literary criticism and the politics of higher education. His academic work focusses on the poetics of Caribbean creole poetry and, more broadly, on literature and decolonisation. His first monograph Literary Primitivism (Stanford) will be published next year, and he is currently co-editing the Cambridge Companion to World Literature.

Mark Davis teaches and researches in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He has published widely on Australia’s publishing industry, with an emphasis on literary publishing and technological change.

Beth Driscoll is a lecturer in the publishing and communications program at the University of Melbourne. She is the author of The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and has published articles on romance fiction, Harry Potter, literary prizes and festivals, and online literary culture.

Lisa Fletcher is senior lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. She is the author of Historical Romance Fiction: Heterosexuality and Performativity (Ashgate, 2008) and co-authored Cave: Nature and Culture (Reaktion, 2015) with Ralph Crane.

Dr Sybil Nolan has worked in newspaper journalism and book publishing, and is a lecturer in publishing and communications at the University of Melbourne.

Tracy O’Shaughnessy is a trade book publisher with over 20 years’ experience. Throughout her diverse career she has specialised in illustrated publishing and worked at a number of Australia’s leading publishing houses, including Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne University Publishing as the Miegunyah Publisher, and Allen & Unwin. In 2014 she moved to RMIT University to be the Program Director of the Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing and developed RMIT’s new Master of Writing and Publishing. In addition to her advocacy and mentoring role within the publishing industry, she continues to work as a publishing consultant.

Dr Anne Richards (also known as Anne Galligan) is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with Griffith University. She has published extensively on the contemporary publishing industry and is co-editor with Prof David Carter of Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing. Currently Anne is working on a collaborative project comparing the German and Australian publishing industries. Other research interests include the history of Victorian critical weeklies.

Kim Wilkins is a senior lecturer in writing at the University of Queensland. Her research interests include genre, medievalism and popular fiction, which she also publishes under her own name and the pseudonym Kimberley Freeman. She has published 26 books across 19 languages.

The Return of Print?: Contemporary Australian Publishing

   by Aaron Mannion and Emmett Stinson