Associate Professor Maria Takolander

Maria TakolanderCHRGImageAssociate Professor Maria Takolander teaches Literary Studies and Professional & Creative Writing in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University. Maria supervises Honours and postgraduate students in Literary Studies and Creative Writing.

Maria is the author of a book of short stories, The Double; three collections of poetry, The End of the WorldGhostly Subjects and Narcissism; and a work of literary criticism Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground.

Maria has been the recipient of two Australia Council Grants. She was the inaugural winner of the Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize in 2010. Maria’s collection of short stories The Double is a finalist in the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature – Best Writing Award. A special feature on Maria’s poetry was commissioned for Poetica (Radio National), and broadcast in May 2015.

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CHRG’s Maria Takolander Judge of Newcastle Short Story Award – October 2016

Associate Professor Maria Takolander on Radio National – October 2016

Geelong’s 2016 Word for Word Non-fiction Festival – October 2016

History Seminar Series: Panel Discussion Number Three – August 2016

Associate Professor Maria Takolander on Magic Realism and Unfinished Histories – June 2016

The Limits of Life Writing Symposium Report – March 2016

Maria Takolander: Best Australian Poems 2015 – January 2016

Associate Professor Maria Takolander’s New Article on The Conversation – December 2015

Associate Professor Maria Takolander’s The Double A Finalist in the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature – October 2015