Jackie Huggins – Patron
Jackie Huggins, B.A. Hons (UQ), Dip.Ed. (Flinders), Doctor of the University Honoris Causa, AM, FAHA, is an author, historian and Aboriginal rights activist of the Bidjara Central Queensland and Birri-Gubba Juru North Queensland peoples.
She is a former Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, the former Chair of the Queensland Domestic Violence Council, and has been a member of the National Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation, the AIATSIS Council, and Co-Commissioner for Queensland for the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal Children. In 2001 she was awarded an Australia Medal (AM) for her work with Indigenous people, particularly reconciliation, literacy, women’s issues and social justice. In 2007 Huggins was named University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year. She has published a wide range of essays and studies dealing with Indigenous history and identity. She is the author of Sistergirl (University of Queensland Press, 1998), and co-author, with Rita Huggins, of the critically acclaimed biography Auntie Rita (Aboriginal Studies Press, 1994).
The Board 2017
Dr Sandra Philips – Chairperson
Dr Sandra Phillips has worked in First Nations literatures since 1992. A Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng woman, Sandra trained and worked editorially in the Australian publishing industry with Magabala Books, then University of Queensland Press. Sandra went on to become the first and only Aboriginal manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.
After many years freelancing while raising her three sons as a sole parent, as a mature-age student, Sandra commenced and completed a PhD exploring First Nations Australia writing, publishing, and readership. Now employed in a permanent capacity with Queensland University of Technology Creative Industries, Sandra teaches literary and publishing studies, researches in First Nations Story, writing and publishing, and maintains significant leadership roles in the Australian writing, publishing, and reading communities.
Kerry Reed-Gilbert – Treasurer
A Wiradjuri woman from Central New South Wales Kerry has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. She was the inaugural Chairperson of the First Nations Australia Writers Network (FNAWN) 2012 – 2015 and continues today as a Director.
In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works By Close of Business, with the Us Mob Writing (UMW) group and was FNAWN co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaboration between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers. 2015 saw Kerry shortlisted for the Story Wine Prize: In 2016 she edited a collection of First Nations voices from across Australia titled A Pocketful of Leadership in the ACT 2016.
Kerry is a former member of the Aboriginal Studies Press Advisory Committee and her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally, including in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other non-English speaking languages.
Charmaine Papertalk-Green is a member of the Wajarri and Badimaya cultural groups from the Yamaji Nation (Western Australia). A visual and installation artist, curator, poet, and writer, Charmaine is also tireless as an advocate for her people and community.
Charmaine presented at the South Africa’s University of the Free State First Nations Colloquium and Creative Lab in late 2016, demonstrating artform innovation and a deeply embedded political aesthetic. Charmaine is a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University researching Indigenous Autoethnographys.
Sharon Mununggurr is a Koorie from varied ancestry. Born in Echuca, Sharon is a Wamba Wamba woman who grew up on the Murray River. Currently based in Brisbane, Sharon previously spent 20 years in North East Arnhem Land.
Sharon has been involved in Aboriginal health and justice throughout her life. Sharon won the White Orchid International Haiku Award. She has a story published in the NT Anthology of Indigenous Writers, This Country Anytime Anywhere. Sharon is passionate about writing for healing for Indigenous people. In 2015 Sharon won the Dungala-Kaiela Writing Award for her poetry. Narrative Witness: Indigenous Peoples, Australia-United States in 2016 an International Writing Program published Sharon’s story The Owl and The Hollow Boned Hunter.
Darren Parker is a Pajong Ngunawal and Gundungurra man. He is a legal academic with practice experience in: Commercial trade; Property; and Public law. He has presented both nationally and internationally on subjects such as: Indigenous Epistemologies and Ontologies and Heritage Protection; An Aboriginal Jurisprudential Examination of Constitutional Recognition; Rick Grimes Lament: Reimaging Lawfulness in a World of the Undead; and Seen and Unseen Artists: Cultural Informants.
In his spare time away from academia, Darren enjoys writing sci-fi and horror short stories, and baking.