Blak Brow
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Blak Brow

Paola Balla, Karen Jackson, Kim Kruger, Pauline Whyman, Tony Birch, Bridget Caldwell

Blak Brow is the very special Issue 40 of The Lifted Brow - an edition created entirely and independently by a First Nations collective of editors, curators, academics, designers, and activists. It is filled with new work by First Nations writers and visual artists, and focuses particularly on blak women - their stories, ideas, opinions, and art.

(Note: the term “blak”, coined by artist Destiny Deacon in 1990, names the lived experience and identity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples.)

The editorial collective has said this about Blak Brow:

“The blak women’s edition of The Lifted Brow is an exciting and deadly opportunity for us to yet again tell our stories, in our way, in collaboration with The Lifted Brow. So many times throughout the past year we have met, and our work has been collective, shared, laughed about, and talked about. It’s a combination of sharing stories and living blak ways of working.

This edition of The Lifted Brow is about celebrating, sharing, platforming, respecting and listening to the diverse voices of blak First Nations women through poetry, art, illustrations, fiction, non-fiction, art stories and community interviews in various forms. It’s an opportunity to engage with a collection of some of the deadliest, most honest, funny and realest women’s writing and visual art in the one place.

Of course, this edition and our work is part of a long lineage of black women who have come before us and in whose footprints we follow, and it leaves tracks for all the next generation’s black women who are to come. We acknowledge all the grandmothers, mothers, aunties, sisters and sistergirls, cuzzies and tiddas gone before us, those lost too young, those around us, and those to come. This edition features young voices, Elders, and those in between these generations, all telling stories, resisting, protecting, caring and sharing, healing, nurturing, fighting, writing and making art.”

Featuring cover artwork by artist Rubii Red, the Blak Brow edition includes:
  • non-fiction pieces by Tracy Bunda, Angelina Hurley, Karen Jackson, Celeste Liddle, Timmah Ball, Lidia Thorpe, Latoya Rule, Paola Balla and her daugher Rosie Kalina, Ellen van Neerven and her mum Maria van Neerven, Mandy Nicholson, the Koorie Youth Council, WAR (Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance), Hannah Morphy-Walsh, Belinda Briggs, Kate ten Buuren, Antoinette Braybrook, Susie Anderson and Sissy Austin;
  • fiction by Melissa Lucashenko, Eugenia Flynn, and Vickie Roach;
  • poetry by Evelyn Araluen, Neika Lehman, Vicki Couzens, Emma Hicks, Nellie Green, Savanna Kruger, Natalie Harkin, Charmaine Papertalk Green, Elizabeth Walker, Jeanine Leane, Kat Clarke, Pauline Whyman, and Lisa Bellear;
  • song lyrics by Carole Fraser;
  • a special section about the recent Blak to the Future exhibition, featuring Savannah Kruger, Katen Balla, Rosie Kalina, Charlotte Allingham, Yasmin Harradine, and Pierra Van Sparkes;
  • and visual artwork by Moorina Bonini, Savanna Kruger, Ruby Kulla Kulla, Gabi Briggs and Arika Waulu, This Mob, and Centrefold.
The editorial collective included Paola Balla, Karen Jackson, Kim Kruger, Pauline Whyman, Tony Birch, and Bridget Caldwell.

Managing Editor: Bridget Caldwell
Copy Editor: Timmah Ball
Poetry Editor: Ellen van Neerven
Fiction Editor: Tony Birch
Design & Layout: Laura La Rosa

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