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Anna Krien

Author, Corporate, Social Commentator, Speaking Out

Anna Krien is a writer of the usual suspects – journalism, essays, fiction and poetry. Her debut book Into the Woods: The Battle for Tasmania’s Forests was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and she has been published in The Monthly, The Age, The Big Issue, The Best Australian Essays, The Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, Colors, and Frankie. In 2008, she won the Val Vallis Poetry Award.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne. I grew up in St Kilda with my mum & dad (both originally journalists) and two older brothers, who taught me how to kick & fight and instilled in me a deep fear of people stealing my food.

What other jobs have you had?

I waitress at the Waiters restaurant – an Italian bistro down an alley and up a dark stairwell, which is perhaps most famous for being held hostage in 1978 on a busy Thursday night. Luckily I wasn’t even born then, let alone working. Previously I’ve worked as a bartender & cloakroom attendee in a nightclub, a factory hand at a fertiliser & weed killer factory, a shoe lacer in a shoe factory, in a forest restoration crew, a bookseller, video store person, tutor, telemarketer, newspaper reporter, and hospital document shredder.

What have been the highlights of your career?

It’s not an ordinary career highlight – if anything it’s a career kick-off, but it remains one of my most cherished writing periods. When I was 22, I was published for the first time in a mag called Voiceworks and was then asked to join their editorial committee. Prior to this I’d been holding out a very naïve and rather lonely hope that I was a writer, so Voiceworks became a sort of homecoming for me. To this day, I am close friends with the writers, editors, artists, spoken word poets, comic nerds and graphic designers I met during this time.

Where have your works been published?

The Big Issue, The Monthly, Griffith Review, The Age, Canberra Times, Dazed & Confused, Frankie, COLORS, ABC The Drum, SBS Online, Harvest, Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, The Lifted Brow, Best Australian Essays/Stories/Poems.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have a penchant for skeletons, particularly of the domestic kind, and am currently working on a friend to allow me to dig up her seven childhood rabbits. So far my collection includes a horse skull, sheep skull and cat skull, a snake, lizard, rabbit teeth, fish jaws, echidna spines, and a few wishbones.

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