Our team

Dr Karen Downing

Publisher & Pasts Editor

Marketing executive-turned-historian Karen Downing completed her PhD in History at the Australian National University in 2011. She is an executive committee member of the Australian Historical Association and former assistant editor of History Australia. Karen is the author of Restless Men: Masculinity and Robinson Crusoe, 17881840 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). She has published peer-reviewed articles in History Australia, Men and Masculinities and Australian Journal of Politics and History and delivered papers in Australia and the UK. Her research focusses on masculinities and histories of emotion.

Dr Jane Downing

Publisher & Presents Editor

Jane is an award-winning poet and fiction writer, an editor, anthologist, and academic. She is the author of two novels, The Trickster (Canberra: Pandanus Press, 2003) and The Lost Tribe (Canberra: Pandanus Press, 2005). She was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize in 2016. Her poetry and prose have been featured in The Big Issue, Grapple Annual and Best Australian Poetry. Jane has co-edited  collections and anthologies, including Murray Time: An illustrated progressive novel (Letao Press, 2004). Jane holds a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney and works as a sessional academic.

Aidan C. Delaney

Publisher & Futures Editor

Aidan is a writer of queer non-fiction and satirical cooking blogs. Aidan works in arts administration and events for a community arts organisation. In 2014, he completed a Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours in English at the Australian National University. His thesis, ‘Documentary Vision and Democratic Visions in the early fiction of Jack Kerouac’ focused on the relationship between documentary photography and Beat literature. Aidan has previously written for samesame.com.au and is currently researching the relationship between class and homosexuality in Australia.