Hi, my name is Eloise Grills. I am an essayist, comics artist, poet and critic living on Dja Dja Wurrung land. I am currently working on my first full-length illustrated essay collection, Big Beautiful Female Theory, with generous assistance from Creative Victoria, the Copyright Agency, and the Australia Council. Essays from this collection have been recognised by awards such as The Peter Blazey Fellowship, The Lifted Brow X RMIT Non/Fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction, The Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize and the Woollahra Digital Literary Award. This book will be published by Affirm Press in late 2021/early 2022. I will soon complete a residency at the Keesing Studio in Cité internationale des arts in Paris, thanks to the Australia Council. I am represented by Martin Shaw at the Books Desk.
I recently published a comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses (Glom Press), and a poetry collection, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams (Subbed In), which was shortlisted for the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award. I have been shortlisted for and have won many awards for my essays, comics, poetry and criticism.
My work has been published in anthologies, including Dizzy Limits: Recent Experiments in Nonfiction (Brow Books 2020), Queen Mobs The Book (2019) and Borderless: an Transnational Anthology of Feminist Poetry (2021).
I have appeared at many festivals, including Melbourne Writers Festival, Broadside, Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Stella Schools Girls Write Up Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, NYWF and Queensland Poetry Festival. From 2018–19, I co-curated Synthetic Heat, a series of non-fiction readings, with Ellena Savage.
I have taught creative writing and comics through Arts Access, Stella Schools, Emerging Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, the University of Melbourne, RMIT and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. I work as a creative writing tutor at RMIT, as a facilitating artist with ArtLife at Footscray Community Arts Centre, and I have guest lectured at the University of Melbourne.
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