About Me

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Emma Michelle is a Canberra-born Melbourne writer. Her work has been published in places like Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, Orenda Magazine and The Conversation.

After graduating from the Australian National University with a BA (Hons) in English, Emma packed up and left her hometown of 23 years to move to Melbourne and finish her first novel: Rare Birds. It examines contemporary ideas around mental health, femininity, and what it’s like to be nineteen. The manuscript is currently in preparation to send to a literary agent and you can read more about it here.

In 2016 her story “Like Siamese” was longlisted for the Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. In 2017, Emma self-published a collection of short stories and personal essays titled Watching Cartoons with Boys. It was launched in Melbourne at Brunswick Bound and received glowing reviews from Ramona Magazine, Oddfeather Creative and Underground Writers.

Outside writing fiction, Emma maintains interest in academic research on the writer J. D. Salinger, especially his depictions of trauma. Her undergraduate thesis examined Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and “Seymour: An Introduction” as narratives of unresolved grief.