Her compelling memoir, Otherland, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award, NSW Premier’s Award and The Age Book of the Year. Courage is an exploration of the idea and experience of courage, across cultural and historical divides and beyond extremes of violence, endurance and fear. Traumascapes is a first-hand exploration of the far-reaching cultural significance of physical sites of trauma and their role in how we mourn, remember and make sense of tragedies past and present.
Maria’s reviews and essays have appeared in The Best Australian Essay (2011, 2012 and 2015), Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Monthly, Kill Your Darlings, Sydney Review of Books, The Age, The Australian and Inside Story. In 2015, her essay No Skin was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize for Literature.
Maria is also involved in wide-ranging artistic collaborations with visual artists, theatre makers and audio designers. Her work has been published, performed, carved into tiles, and set to music. She was a 2013–14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities and is a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s programming committee. She teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and PhD in cultural history, and teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne, where she has presented a lecture on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She lives in Melbourne with her two children.