Emma Michelle is a Canberra-born Melbourne writer. Her work has been published in places like Going Down Swinging, Kill Your Darlings, and Orenda Magazine.

She won the inaugural Freedom to Write Freefall Scholarship in 2018, and her story "Like Siamese" was longlisted for the 2016 Birdcatcher Books Short Story Award. 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, Oddfeather Creative and Underground Writers.

Outside writing fiction, Emma is interested in academic research that examines 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, and she is published in this field.

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