Last month we announced that Issue 40 of The Lifted Brow, titled Blak Brow, was being created entirely by a First Nations collective of editors, curators, academics, designers and activists.
Today we are very happy to report that Blak Brow has been sent to print. It's looking absolutely incredible – and the writing and artwork inside is extraordinary. Huge kudos to the whole collective who've worked for months to put it together.
This issue of the magazine is filled with new work by First Nations writers and visual artists, and we can reveal to you now that it focuses particularly on blak women – their stories, ideas, opinions, and art.
We're thrilled to be able to share with you the cover and contents of this very special edition. If you want to get your hands on this Blak Brow even before it lands in shops later next month, now's the time to pre-order or subscribe.
Featuring cover artwork by artist Rubii Red, the Blak Brow edition includes:
- non-fiction pieces by Tracy Bunda, Angelina Hurley, Karen Jackson, Celeste Liddle, Timmah Ball, Lidia Thorpe, Latoya Rule, Paola Balla and her daughter Rosie Kalina, Ellen van Neerven and her mum Maria van Neerven, Mandy Nicholson, the Koorie Youth Council, WAR (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance), Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Belinda Briggs, Kate ten Buuren, Antoinette Braybrook, Susie Anderson and Sissy Austin;
- fiction by Melissa Lucashenko, Eugenia Flynn, and Vickie Roach;
- poetry by Evelyn Araluen, Neika Lehman, Vicki Couzens, Emma Hicks, Nellie Green, Savanna Kruger, Natalie Harkin, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Elizabeth Walker, Jeanine Leane, Kat Clarke, Pauline Whyman, and Lisa Bellear;
- song lyrics by Carole Fraser;
- a special section about the recent Blak to the Future exhibition, featuring Savannah Kruger, Katen Balla, Rosie Kalina, Charlotte Allingham, Yasmin Harradine, and Pierra Van Sparkes;
- and visual artwork by Moorina Bonini, Savanna Kruger, Ruby Kulla Kulla, Gabi Briggs and Arika Waulu, and This Mob.
About the Team
EDITORIAL COLLECTIVE: Paola Balla, Karen Jackson, Kim Kruger, Pauline Whyman, Tony Birch, and Bridget Caldwell
MANAGING EDITOR: Bridget Caldwell
COPY EDITOR: Timmah Ball
POETRY EDITOR: Ellen van Neerven
FICTION EDITOR: Tony Birch
DESIGN & LAYOUT: Laura La Rosa
The editorial collective had this to say about Blak Brow:
The blak women’s edition of The Lifted Brow is an exciting and deadly opportunity for us to yet again tell our stories, in our way, in collaboration with The Lifted Brow.
So many times throughout the past year we have met, and our work has been collective, shared, laughed about, and talked about. It’s a combination of sharing stories and living blak ways of working.
This edition of The Lifted Brow is about celebrating, sharing, platforming, respecting and listening to the diverse voices of blak First Nations women through poetry, art, illustrations, fiction, non-fiction, art stories and community interviews in various forms.
It’s an opportunity to engage with a collection of some of the deadliest, most honest, funny and realest women’s writing and visual art in the one place.
Of course, this edition and our work is part of a long lineage of black women who have come before us and in whose footprints we follow, and it leaves tracks for all the next generation’s black women who are to come.
We acknowledge all the grandmothers, mothers, aunties, sisters and sistergirls, cuzzies and tiddas gone before us, those lost too young, those around us, and those to come.
This edition features young voices, Elders, and those in between these generations, all telling stories, resisting, protecting, caring and sharing, healing, nurturing, fighting, writing and making art.
Subscribe or pre-order now to read it first
If you're already a current subscriber, you'll receive this issue sometime around December 11th or 12th. (Remember: subscribing saves you 35%, and you'll have four issues of the Brow a year delivered right to you, including this issue.)
If you're not a current subscriber, you can simply pre-order a copy of the issue right here right now – or from December 13th the Blak Brow issue can be found in stores all around Australia and the world in any one of our hundreds of stockists.
Alternatively, if you want to read this issue in digital form instead, you can.