Literary pets? I look for that tidal pull. I like sharp, exacting language in the style of Lydia Davis, and in the style of Roberto Bolaño, characters that are treated with warmth and generosity by their authors. Writers such as Margaret Drabble and Yukio Mishima chart emotional terrains with just the right amount of allusion. I also love new writing that captures the vibe of now – voices such as Sheila Heti, Chris Kraus, Kate Zambreno. I’m a Lena Dunham fan girl.
Favorite novellas? I’m currently reading and loving Jean Rhys’s Quartet. Midnight Blue and Endlessly Tall by last year’s Viva La Novella winner Jane Jervis-Reed was provocative and affecting; I’m still thinking about it. Some classic favourites, all for very different reasons, are Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Francoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse and Tao Lin’s Shoplifting from American Apparel. ACT-based publishing house Finlay Lloyd have a couple of new novella releases as part of their FL Smalls series, which I’m looking forward to checking out.
Why do you get up in the morning? To find out what happens next! To keep on the hunt for new experiences and to learn some things about what we’re doing here. Life things. The editor in me is always searching for new voices and thinking about the ways publishing can innovate to better reflect diversity. Sometimes it's too hard to get up, and on those days I'm grateful for the books that I own.
What else are you involved in? I’m working on some poems as part of a three-month fellowship at the Glenfern Writers Studio, with thanks to Writers VIC and the National Trust. I recently travelled to the Philippines with 19 other Australians to work on a large-scale collaborative theatre project with the Manila-based Sipat Lawin Ensemble. And I have a couple of editorial projects brewing for 2014.