Ellen van Neerven is a Brisbane-based writer. She is the 2013 winner of the David Unaipon Award- Unpublished Indigenous Writer in the Queensland Literary Awards. Her first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), will be published in September.
Ellen’s writing has appeared widely in publications such as McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Ora Nui and Mascara Literary Review.
Ellen works at the State Library of Queensland as part of the black&write! Indigenous writing and editing project which aims to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. She served an editing mentorship under Sue Abbey and works with the winners of the black&write! fellowship. Ellen is the editor of Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.