Emma Michelle is a Canberra-born Melbourne writer. Her work has been published by Kill Your Darlings, Farrago and The Conversation. In 2016 her story “Like Siamese” was longlisted for the Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. In 2017, Emma self-published a collection of short stories and personal essays titled Watching Cartoons with Boys.

Outside writing fiction Emma maintains interest in academic research on the writer J. D. Salinger, especially his depictions of trauma. Her undergraduate thesis examined Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and “Seymour: An Introduction” as narratives of unresolved grief. Her current affiliation with the University of Melbourne is as an administrator within the Department of Infrastructure Engineering.


  • –present
    Administration, The University of Melbourne


  • 2012 
    The Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
  • 2010 
    The Australian National University, Bachelor of Arts