Announcing the new Mascara team ….

Anthea Yang: Managing Editor

Anthea Yang is a Chinese-Australian writer and poet based in Melbourne/Naarm. Her work lies at the intersection of place, identity and connection, through the lens of the diasporic experience. She has performed at Spoken Word Perth and Melbourne Writers Festival, and her poetry was shortlisted for the Dorothy Porter Award for Poetry in 2020. Anthea is currently completing a Masters of Writing and Publishing at RMIT.


Monique Nair: Marketing Manager

Monique Nair is a Melbourne/Naarm based writer of Indian-Italian-Polish heritage. As a Creative Writing Honours graduate, her research background encompasses diaspora writing, sociolinguistics and identity. She has written for Peril, RMIT Feature Stories, and has performed poetry for the Emerging Writers’ Festival. She has worked with 100 Story Building on digital campaigns and their annual children’s literary anthology. She currently works with the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on transnational film projects and tutors high school English.


Carielyn Tunion: Multimedia 

Carielyn is a multimedia artist, content producer & cultural worker, working from a decolonial perspective to promote the social & holistic wellbeing of marginalised peoples & communities. Drawing on her background in video and screen production, Carielyn uses videopoetry to explore the impacts of colonialism, intergenerational trauma and recovery. She also dabbles in writing, illustration, pin-making and works as a professional arts model. Carielyn occupies space as an immigrant-settler woman of colour in the matrix of coloniality – and identifies as a Tagalog daughter of the archipelago beyond the gender binary. She currently lives on unceded Darkinjung country.


Michelle Cahill: Founding Editor

Michelle Cahill is of Goan Anglo-Indian heritage living on unceded Dharug and Kaurna lands. She is an award winning poet, and fiction author and was the 2020 Red Room Poetry Fellow. Letter to Pessoa (Giramondo) won the UTS Glenda Adams Award. Her novel Woolf is soon to be published with Hachette. Her essays have appeared in the Sydney Review of Books, The Weekend Australian and Wasafari.