Elizabeth McMahon is an associate professor in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. She researches and writes in the areas of Australian literature, women's writing, gender and sexuality, and island studies. Her recent book, Islands, Identity and the Literary Imagination, won two major awards in 2017. She has edited several collections on Australian writing with her colleague Brigitta Olubas, the most recent on Elizabeth Harrower in 2017. Brigitta and Elizabeth are currently preparing a new collection on Antigone Kefala for publication in 2019. She has edited Southerly, Australia's oldest literary journal, since 2007.