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Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Author, Education Consultant, Personal Development, Social Commentator

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained national and international recognition as a writer, researcher, lecturer and consultant in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity in health and education, with a specific focus on adolescence and young people. She is Honorary Patron of PFLAG Victoria; External Faculty Member of Saybrook University in San Francisco and Founding Member of AGMC (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), which has been recognised as a member of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia). Her first novel has recently won a 2010 US Lambda Literary Award

What themes are recurring in your work?

Diversity and lots of permutations of culture, gender, sexuality, family

What have been the highlights of your career?

having “Tapestry” shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award Ethnic Affairs Commission category for 2000 and the Children’s Book Council Award Non-Fiction Category for 2000

“Boys Stuff” shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Award; winning the Australian Book Design Award in the Educational Texts for Young People Category; achieving a Highly Commended in the Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing, and being nominated for a Human Rights Award.

“Love You Two” recently being a co-winner in the 2010 US Lambda Literary Award in the Bisexual Fiction Category

What are you passionate about?

Social justice, understanding and affirming and celebrating diversity, and ending all forms of discrimination and oppression

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I could live on chocolate, fruit and nuts, and I love bats and cats. I’m surrounded by incredibly supportive even if sometimes confused family, friends and fellow activists and academics. I’m a nerd who loves reading and researching and writing academic books and papers. I love travelling!

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