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Management Committee

The 2016 AGM elected the following members to manage the affairs of APWT Inc until the next AGM in Indonesia in October 2017. The Management Committee meets (via Skype) once every three months.

Nury 2Nury Vittachi—President. Nury founded Asia Literary Review. He has played key roles in judging or helping set up numerous literary prizes in Asia, including the Man Asian Literary Prize in Hong Kong. He was founding chairman of the Scholastic Asia Book Prize, which is the biggest children’s literary prize in the region, and founding chairman of the Australia-Asia Literary Award, the largest book prize ever given out in the region. He is chief judge of the Hong Kong Young Writers Award and other prizes. His latest books include a trilogy for Scholastic called The Magic Mirror, and The Curious Diary of Mr Jam, a light-hearted book which examines the Asian sense of humour.

Jane Camens—Secretary/Public Officer. Jane founded APWT (originally called the Asia-Pacific New Writing Partnership). She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (UK) as well as an MFA in Fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, USA. Her short fiction has been broadcast on the BBC World Service and published in literary magazines in Asia, Australia and the UK. She was the winner in 2010 of the international Fish Publishing Short Story Prize and co-edited 'New Asia Now', Issue 49 Griffith Review (2015).


Ian Geoffrey Smith—Treasurer. Ian oversees APWT Inc.'s finances. He is an IT consultant to Enova Energy, a green energy copy, and is the Returning Officer for New South Wales state elections. He worked for many years as an Asia Pacific telecoms policy officer for American Express. Married to Jane Camens, he likes to play Leonard Cohen's songs at APWT conference wrap up nights.


Sally Breen—Griffith University (Core Partner). Sally is the author of The Casuals (2011) and Atomic City (2013) nominated for the Queensland Literary Awards People's Choice Book of the Year in 2014. Sally is a senior lecturer in writing and publishing at Griffith University and fiction editor of the Griffith Review. Her work has appeared widely in Australia including Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review and Overland.


Lucy Neave—Australian National University (Core Partner). Lucy is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the Australian National University. She is the author of Who We Were, a novel published by Text (Melbourne, 2013), which was shortlisted for the ACT Book of the Year Award in 2014. She has published in Best Australian Stories 2009 & 2014, and in Australian and American literary journals, including Overland and Southerly. Her scholarly essays are on fiction writing process, writers' practices and pedagogy. She is the recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts grant, a Varuna Second Book Fellowship and is a former Fulbright scholar.

Mridula Nath Chakraborty. Mridula is the Deputy Director of the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne. She completed her doctoral work on “Hotfooting Around Essentialism: Feminisms of Colour” at the University of Alberta, Canada. Trained in a classical English literary canon at Delhi University, India, Mridula’s research interests include postcolonial literatures, studies in nationalism, feminism and diasporas, translation theory, culinary cultures, public intellectuals, global English and Bombay cinema. She has worked at the intersection of English and regional language publishing in India with Penguin Books and Katha. In 1997, she won the A. K. Ramanujan Award for translation from two Indian languages and has translated and co-edited, with Rani Ray, A Treasury of Bangla Stories (Srishti 1999).

Advisory Board

Julienne Van Loon (RMIT—Core Partner). Julienne is the author of three novels: Road Story (2005), Beneath the Bloodwood Tree (2008) and Harmless (2013). Her short fiction and personal essays have appeared in The Monthly and Griffith Review. She is a Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow with non/fictionLab at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.



Alexandra Büchler is the Director of Literature Across Frontiers (LAF), the European Platform for Literary Exchange, Translation and Policy Debate. A translator and editor Alexandra has worked as a cultural manager for thirty years. She has translated more than 25 books of fiction and poetry, and publications on visual arts and architecture, and edited 6 anthologies of short fiction, including collections of Czech writing in English translation and of Australian and Greek writing in translation into Czech. She has translated the works of J.M. Coetzee, David Malouf, Janice Galloway, Gail Jones and Jeanette Turner Hospital. Her translation of Czech modern classic The House of a Thousand Floors by Jan Weiss is forthcoming from the Central European University Press. She is the editor of the New Voices from Europe and Beyond.

Neeta Gupta is the Festival co-Director for Jaipur BookMark - a publishers' B2B segment held parallel to the Jaipur Literature Festival. She is also the publisher at Yatra Books and the editor and Joint Secretary at the Bhartiya Anuvad Parishad, a not-for-profit organisation promoting translations between Indian languages.



Jose-Dalisay 2Jose Dalisay teaches English at the University of the Philippines and has published more than 25 books of fiction and nonfiction. Butch has been a Fulbright, Hawthornden, Rockefeller, Bellagio, David TK Wong, and Civitella Ranieri fellow. His second novel, Soledad’s Sister, was shortlisted for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize in 2007. 



Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning Aboriginal novelist who lives in Brisbane and the Scenic Rim. Melissa’s most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the 2013 Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was long-listed for both the Stella and Miles Franklin awards. In late 2016 she was awarded a coveted Author Fellowship from The Copyright Agency. Melissa won a Walkley Award for her non-fiction, and is a founding member of the women’s rights organisation, Sisters Inside.


Qaisra Shahraz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a prize-winning, critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester (UK) since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English and European literature and scriptwriting. Qaisra was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in Pakistan Power 100 List (2012). Previously she was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and for the Muslim News Awards for Excellence. Her novels, The Holy Woman and Typhoon, are translated into several languages. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, was ‘Best Book of the Month’ at Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Her award-winning drama serial Dil Hee To Hai was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003. Qaisra recently published her third novel Revolt, two volumes of short stories, A Pair of Jeans and Train to Krakow, and she is now working on her fourth novel The Henna Painter. Her work is studied in schools and universities. A critical analysis of her work has been done in a book entitled The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz’s Fiction (2011). Qaisra has another successful career in education, as a consultant, teacher trainer and inspector.

dai fanDAI Fan writes in both Chinese and English. She has four collections of essays in Chinese, and a novel Butterfly Lovers in English. Her work in English has appeared in Drunken Boat and Asia Literary Review. Fan is a professor of linguistics and Director of the Center for Creative Writing of the School Foreign Languages at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou where she teaches one of the few creative writing courses in English as a second language in China. She was a 2012-13 Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar in the Nonfiction Writing Program at University of Iowa.

Robin Hemley directs the Writing Program at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and is the author of eleven books of nonfiction and fiction and the winner of many awards including a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, The Nelson Algren Award for Fiction from The Chicago Tribune, The Story Magazine Humor Prize, as well as three Pushcart Prizes in both fiction and nonfiction, and many others. A graduate of The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he directed the Nonfiction Writing Program at The University of Iowa from 2004-2013. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have been published in the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, Japan, Australia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and elsewhere and he frequently teaches creative writing workshops around the world. In 2012, his third collection of short stories, Reply All, was published by Indiana University Press (Break Away Books) and The University of Georgia Press published A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel. His memoir, Nola: A Memoir of Faith, Art, and Madness was reissued by The University of Iowa Press in 2013. He is the founder and organizer of NonfictioNow a biennial conference.

Kate Griffin is Associate Programme Director at Writers’ Centre Norwich, contributing to the development of WCN’s international activities. Formerly international programme director at the British Centre for Literary Translation, Kate has developed projects in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. She also works with the London Review Bookshop on its World Literature series, and was a judge of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize from 2005 to 2010. She worked for Arts Council England from 2001 to 2010, specialising in international literature and translation, and she spent most of the 1990s working overseas in Belgium and Russia. 

Eliza Vitra Handayani is an Indonesian author and a literary translator. Her short stories, essays, and translations have appeared in leading Indonesian literary outlets, as well as in the Griffith Review ('New Asia Now' edition), Asia Literary Review, and Asymptote Journal. Her novel From Now On Everything Will Be Different was published by Vagabond Press. She is also the founder of InterSastra, an Indonesian literary translation initiative.


Sanaz FotouhiSanaz Fotouhi holds a PhD in English literature from UNSW. As an Iranian-Australian and someone who has lived and travelled extensively Sanaz is interested in narrative and stories that emerge from the diasporic experience. Her first book The Literature of the Iranian Diaspora: Meaning and Identity since the Islamic Revolution was published in March 2015 (I.B. Tauris). Her stories and creative fiction are also reflective of her multicultural background. Her fiction includes 'Ceydney', in Stories of Sydney, Seizure, 2014. She is one of the founding members of the Persian Film Festival in Australia.


Asia Pacific Writers & Translators Inc.
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Queensland College of Art,
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226 Grey St,
South Bank, Brisbane,
Queensland 4101