The Lifted Brow x Emerging Writers’ Festival: Issue 42 Launch


The Lifted Brow Issue 42 is here and our friends at Emerging Writers Festival are throwing us a party! Celebrate with a dazzling night of dreamy poetry, surreal storytelling and wholesome laughter.

Issue 42 has arrived just in time for hibernation. Featuring a meditation on im/mortal bodies and their relationship to fear, nature, and spirituality by Mira Schlosberg; Léa Antigny on motherhood and fragility in the face of climate disaster; Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang’s ‘Law School’ sex advice column; a beautiful poetry section guest-curated by Elena Gomez and a special series on libraries featuring Eileen Chong, Ruby Pivet, Nathan Sentance, Vanessa Giron, and Sumudu Samarawickrama.

What better way to celebrate than with a heart-warming night of words! Beloved comics artist Rachel Ang tells stories from her dream journal; multidisciplinary artist and writer Heather Joan Day bewitches us with her darkly funny tales; poet Darlene Silva Soberano enchants with words like music and Morgaine van Wingerden brings the vitality of Melbourne’s underground Slam scene to our festival stage. We are so lucky! Curated by three editors from The Lifted Brow - Bridget Caldwell, Paula Abul and Manisha Anjali.

Kiss the winter blues away with good company and good writing. We will be waiting for you on Friday 28 June at Brunswick Mechanics Institute for an 8.30pm start. Grab yourself a copy, sit back and enjoy the  dreamy live storytelling. This event is free and accessible. More deets here.





Rachel is a comics artist from Melbourne, Australia. Her work has been published by The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Going Down Swinging, Scum and The Stella Prize. She is a co-editor of Comic Sans, a new anthology of excellent Australian comics. She makes this with her friend Leah Jing McIntosh. Her first book, a graphic novella called Swimsuit, was published in December 2018 by Glom Press and shortlisted for a Ledger Award. You can find her website here and she tweets at @drawbyfour.



Heather Joan Day is a mouthy trans woman of colour, multidisciplinary artist, musician, writer, and practising witch living in Melbourne on Wurundjeri Land. Her poetry and short memoir has been published by God Is In The TV Zine, Sea Foam Mag, Ibis House, Scum Mag, and Plaything Magazine. As Heather Joan, she makes what she calls “transsexual gothic grunge pop” and her debut EP, titled Songs For Vince, is a collection of love songs written for/performed with her fiancé. Follow her on Instagram @heatherjoanofficial and on Twitter @emo_flowers.



Darlene Silva Soberano is a Filipino poet. Their work has appeared in Mascara Literary Review, Australian Poetry, and Cordite Poetry Review. They were also a participant in Toolkits: Poetry with Express Media in 2017. You can find them on Twitter @DRLNSLVSBRN.



Morgaine is a Melbourne based poet and spoken word artist. She has featured at a number of poetry events across Australia and the US and was a member of the only Australian team to compete in the 2018 National Poetry Slam in Chicago. You can follow her on Instagram @morgaine.nova.