Photo by Leah Jing 2019

My name is Eloise Grills. I am an award-winning essayist, comics artist and poet. I recently signed a two-book deal with Brow Books. My first full-length illustrated essay collection, big beautiful female theory, is slated for publication in 2020. It will be developed with the generous assistance of a VicArts grant. I create work at my studio in North Melbourne, as part of the Meat Market’s studio program.

My debut comics chapbook, Sexy Female Murderesses, has recently been published by Glom Press, and my debut poetry collection, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams is out with Subbed In (2019).

I was recently shortlisted for the 2019 Cosmonauts Avenue Nonfiction Prize, and I am a 2019 CA-SRB Emerging Critics Fellow, writing critical essays as part of a mentorship with the Sydney Review of Books.

In 2018, I won the Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for Nonfiction, and The Lifted Brow & RMIT non/fictionLab Prize for Experimental Non-fiction. I was a finalist for the mid-year Walkleys, and a joint winner of the 2018 Subbed In Chapbook Prize. I was a 2018 Felix Meyer Scholar and a 2016 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow.

I have performed, appeared on panels, and illustrated for many festivals, including Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival (2019), Melbourne Writers Festival (2019), the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival (2018), the Stella Schools Program’s Girls Write Up Festival (2016, 2018) the Emerging Writers Festival (2016–2018), Queensland Poetry Festival (2018) NYWF (2016–2017) and White Night (2015).  From 2018–19, I co-curated Synthetic Heat, a series of non-fiction readings, with Ellena Savage.

I have facilitated comics and zine-making workshops through Arts Access, the Stella Schools program, the Emerging Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival,  Ubud Writers and Readers Festival and untitled Literary Festival (that’s through Stonnington Library).  I have been commended for my work as a creative writing tutor at RMIT. I work as a facilitating artist with ArtLife at Footscray Community Arts Centre, as a mentor and workshop facilitator with Write-Ability and as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne.

I hold a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing from the University of Melbourne, and an Honours Degree in English.

I live in Preston with my partner, Jackie, our housemates and our two dogs, Ripley and Vince. They make me happier than anything I’ve already listed.

Photo by Leah Jing 2019

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