Dr Debra Wain

Lecturer - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Debra Wain

Biography

Debra Wain holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Deakin University. Her research interests include women, food and culture, which she investigates through the short story form. Her work – which has appeared in Landlines: anthology of regional poets, Verandah, Tincture, Verity La and Meniscus – is often inspired by the Australian communities in which she has lived. Deb has also exhibited poetry and short fiction in Co.lab exhibitions as part of the Bendigo Writers Festival and her pieces have been performed as part of the Quart Short Literary Salons in Adelaide.

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosophy (Creative Writing)
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Graduate Diploma of Professional Writing
Graduate Diploma of Deaf Studies
Bachelor of Education

Memberships

AAWP member and assistant to the executive committee
Member of the Contemporary Histories Research Group, Deakin University

Teaching Areas

Short Fiction
Creative Non-Fiction
Literary Studies

Research Interests

Material culture in fiction, thing theory
Modes of communication, especially food as a means of communicating

Publications

Published, Exhibited & Performed Fiction Works

‘Joey’ in M. Seminara, R. Coburn & N. Featherstone (eds) The Hunger, 2018 (forthcoming)

‘Canjeera’ Verity La, January 2018

‘A Platter of Antipasti’ in J Webb (ed) Mensicus, http://www.meniscus.org.au Winner of the CAL fiction prize

‘Sunflowers’ an excerpt from ‘Shortcrust Pastry’, Co.lab Exhibition, Write on the Fringe, Bendigo Writers Festival, August 2017

‘Pass Muster’ Quart Short, Winter Performances, August 2017

‘Francesca Leaving’ Meniscus, http://www.meniscus.org.au Vol 5, No 1, 2017

‘Xawaash’ Drunk Monkeys, http://www.drunkmonkeys.us/2017-posts/2017/5/12/fiction-xawaash-deb-wain Vol 2, No 6, 2017

‘Watching’ (exhibited with ‘Tawny’ by Narelle Wain) Co.lab Exhibition, Write on the Fringe, Bendigo Writers Festival, August 2016

‘Pidan’ Tincture, Issue 14, June 2016

‘Joey’ Verity La, http://verityla.com/joey-deb-wain/ November 2015

‘Look up’ (exhibited with ‘Leaf’ by Narelle Wain) Co.lab Exhibition, Write on the Fringe, Bendigo Writers Festival, August 2015

‘Muster’ F. Inglis, K. Stackhouse, M. White, K. Hassett, T. Dixon, K. Rotherham, R. Winter and K. Lane (judges), The 2013 Elyne Mitchell Writing Award: Shortlisted Stories, Friends of Corryong Library, 2013.

‘Sponge Cake’ in O. Dwivedi & O. Feigenblatt (eds), Journal of Post-Colonial Cultures and Societies, Vol 3, No 3-4, 2012.

‘Originally’ J. Quintella (ed), Short, Fast and Deadly, Issue 71, http://www.shortfastanddeadly.com/2011/04/originally.html, April 2010.

‘Little Pig’ in S. Gillett (ed), Landlines: anthology of regional poets, Melbourne Poets Union, 2010.

‘After Wandong’ in S. Gillett (ed), Landlines: anthology of regional poets, Melbourne Poets Union, 2010.

‘Money for Jam’ in S. Gillett (ed), Landlines: anthology of regional poets, Melbourne Poets Union, 2010.

‘morning stranger’ in C. Claire, C. Duffy, K. Harland, and B. Mahy (eds), Verandah 24, Allardice Group, 2009.

Selection of fourteen poems, in H. Clough, M. Martin and D. Wain (eds), Seasons of Childhood: Poems by the Aardvarkers, College Printing & Graphic Design, 2005.

Published, Exhibited & Performed Non-fiction Works

‘The Year of 100 Rejections: a personal reflection’ Tulpa Magazine https://tulpamagazine.com/2018/01/16/the-year-of-100-rejections-a-personal-reflection/ Jan 2018

‘The Kite’ Quart Short, Spring Performances, October 2017

‘(Re)Writing sites of food preparation as spaces of women’s authority and autonomy’ Conference Proceedings, AAWP 21st Annual Conference, November 2016

‘I got married, some can’t’ in V. Marsh (ed), Speak Now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage, Clouds of Magellan, 2011.

Editing Credits

Guest editor, Meniscus Literary Journal, Vol 6, Issue 1, 2018 (forthcoming).

Associate editor, Food Studies: an interdisciplinary journal, Vol. 2, Issue 4, 2014.

Research Supervision Experience

Masters thesis supervision: creative writing