Eloise Grills is an award-winning visual essayist, a poet, educator, research assistant, disability arts worker, photographer and memoir editor for Scum Magazine. She recently signed a two-book deal with Brow Books. The first of these, an illustrated book-length essay, big beautiful female theory, is slated for publication in 2020. It will be developed with the generous assistance of a VicArts grant.

She is a current Felix Meyer Scholar and was a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow in 2016. She was recently awarded the 2018 Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for Nonfiction for her Scum Magazine column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl, and The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction (2018). She was a finalist for the mid-year Walkleys, and was recently announced as a joint winner of the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize. Her debut comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses, will be published by Glom Press in December this year, and her debut poetry collection, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams is forthcoming with Subbed In.

Her comics, essays, criticism, memoir, photography, illustrations and poetry have been published widely in journals at home and abroad. She has performed, appeared on panels, and provided illustrations for many festivals, including White Night (2015), the Stella Schools Program’s Girls Write Up Festival (2016, 2018) the Emerging Writers Festival (2016–2018), QPF (2018) the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2018) and NYWF (2016–2017).

She has facilitated comics and zine-making workshops through Arts Access, the Stella Schools program, The Emerging Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, and Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, and is passionate about programs that support systemically disadvantaged writers and artists to find their voice. She works as an out-of-home-care tutor through MacKillop Family Services, as an engagement worker with ArtLife at Footscray Community Arts Centre and as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne.

You can contact her through email, below:


Photo credit: Vifick Bolang

This work was developed in a Creative Spaces managed studio. Creative Spaces is a program of Arts Melbourne at the City of Melbourne.



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