Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories wins Australia Council for the Arts Grant

The Australia Council for the Arts has awarded Michael Earp over $33,000 to help him tour his new anthology, Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories, to literary festivals around Australia.

The purpose of the grant is to ensure that the contributing authors of Kindred are able to reach as wide an audience as possible, not only raising the profile of the anthology, but furthering the discussion of diverse cultural expression in Australia.

Anthology Editor Michael Earp says; “I am beyond thrilled that we’ve received this funding which means we can take Kindred to such a wider audience than would have been possible without it. Kindred, and its #OwnVoice authors, will be able to join in ongoing discussions surrounding identity and diversity in young adult literature as well as opening new avenues of conversation. Most of all, I’m incredibly excited how this funding will allow us to reach more queer youth. Seeing yourself on the page, or at least someone like you, is a wonderful thing. I’m humbled to be a part of that.”

What does it mean to be queer? What does it mean to be human? In this powerful #LoveOzYA collection, twelve of Australia’s finest writers from the LGBTQIA+ community explore the stories of family, friends, lovers and strangers – the connections that form us. This inclusive and intersectional #OwnVoices anthology for teen readers features work from writers of diverse genders, sexualities and identities, including writers who identify as First Nations, people of colour or disabled. With short stories by bestsellers, award winners and newcomers to young adult fiction including Jax Jacki Brown, Claire G Coleman, Michael Earp, Alison Evans, Erin Gough, Benjamin Law, Omar Sakr, Christos Tsiolkas, Ellen van Neerven, Marlee Jane Ward, Jen Wilde and Nevo Zisin.

Kindred is released June 2019.

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