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Emma Michelle is a Canberra-born Melbourne writer whose work has been published by places like Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, and Lonely Planet.

In 2020 her story “Metronomy” was shortlisted for the Apollo Bay WordFest Short Story Award. She won the inaugural Freedom to Write Freefall Scholarship in 2018, and her story “Like Siamese” was longlisted for the Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award in 2016. In 2017 Emma self-published a collection of short stories and personal essays titled Watching Cartoons with Boys. It received glowing reviews from Ramona Magazine and Underground Writers.

Outside writing fiction, Emma is interested in academic research examining the work of 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 affiliation with the University of Melbourne is as a professional staff member and former graduate student.


  • –present
    Administration, The University of Melbourne


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