The Suburban Review has supported emerging and established writers, artists, and editors since it was founded in 2013, through a publishing practice and a range of creative and professional development programs.
Neither the ‘Melbourne’ nor the ‘Sydney’ Review, we celebrate work which might otherwise fall through the cracks of mainstream publishing: the weird, the experimental, the marginal, slantwise, and always-in-progress. We’ve also worked to build a platform and a home for under-represented and structurally excluded voices.
Working mainly with our peers across Australia—though with increasingly international scope—we’ve built our organisation around principles of ethical publishing. To us, this means aiming for:
- Fair remuneration for creative and administrative work
- Accessibility, and
From 2013 to 2015, TSR published a quarterly print zine, before moving to an annual print anthology alongside a rolling program of digital publishing from 2015 to 2016.
We adopted our current model of quarterly digital publishing in 2017, developing a themed issue of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, and visual art every three months. Issues are distributed directly to TSR subscribers, and are also available to purchase individually through our website.
TSR has been the work of many hands throughout its history. Our past staff members, including guest editors, are T.J. Robinson, Anupama Pilbrow, Zoe Kingsley, Andie Browne, Josie/Jocelyn Deane, Chris Gooch, Holly Isemonger, Dinu Kumarasinghe, David Mahler, and LinLi Wan.
In 2021, we became an incorporated association, and began operating as a membership organisation (which you can join!) led by a Board.
We’re grateful for the guidance of our first and current Board members: Caro Llewellyn (Chair), Anupama Pilbrow (Vice Chair), Reichil Cheetham (Secretary), Clara Stackpool (Treasurer), Toby Fitch, Madeline Gandhi, and Luke Patterson.
Our internship program was established in 2020, offering a paid pathway into publishing for early-career editors. While we tailor each internship to the interests of the individual, interns with TSR generally learn the ropes of digital publishing across copy-editing, proofing, production, web management, and any other areas of interest. We open applications to this program every six months via our website and social media channels.
Our Jumpstart a Journal program is an annual workshop for emerging editors, writers, designers, and anyone keen to learn how journal publishing works. Established in 2021, the program is digitally delivered across three weeks in winter. From each iteration of the workshop emerges an issue of Hills Hoist, a digital journal edited primarily by participants in the Jumpstart a Journal program.
We’ve been pleased to partner with organisations and individuals in our local publishing sector throughout our history, including:
- The Stella Prize
- Jinghua Qian, and
- Kingston Arts’ Artz Blitz, an initiative of Kingston Council
Editor-in-Chief: Claire Albrecht
Claire is an award-winning poet and curator from Mulubinba (Newcastle). She was the 2019 Emerging Writers Festival fellow at the State Library of Victoria, a 2020 Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow, and will be a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico in 2022. Her debut chapbook pinky swear was published in 2018, and her forthcoming manuscript handshake was shortlisted for the Puncher & Wattmann First Poetry Book Prize. Claire is the guest Poetry Curator for the Newcastle Writers Festival 2021/22.
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Deputy Editor: Erin McFadyen
Erin is a writer and editor based on Gadigal land. Her work can be found in Foam Magazine, The Monthly, Overland, Art & Australia, The Mascara Review, Review 31, and Artist Profile, where she is currently Deputy Editor. She also writes catalogue essays and copy for arts organisations including Blacktown Arts Centre, and is co-editing a volume of collected essays on the artist Khaled Sabsabi, forthcoming with Bandicoot Books.
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Art Editor: Tahney Fosdike
Tahney is a writer and editor from Pomberuk living in France. Her arts criticism and non-fiction bylines can be found in Artshub, Australian Book Review, Metro Magazine, Art Almanac, Zee Feed, Mamamia, and Archer Magazine, among others. She works as a content specialist supporting creative & cultural individuals/organisations while also curating and critiquing arts writing in her monthly newsletter Sticky Teeth.
Associate Editor + Media Manager: Maya Pilbrow
Maya studies languages, linguistics and history at The University of Melbourne. She has been involved as a subeditor and contributor for The University of Melbourne-based history journal Chariot. She is fascinated by the role language plays in decolonising the social sciences. In her spare time, she is a musician and avid pop-culture enthusiast.
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Associate Editor: Panda Wong
Panda is a poet, writer and living personification of ‘I’m baby’ living in Narrm/so-called Melbourne. She has performed at Emerging Writers Festival, Digital Writers Festival, Liminal, and the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. She writes about navigating the complex and annoying landscape of grief.
Associate Editor: Sam Stevens
Sam is a Narrm-based writer and editor. They have a degree in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne. Their embroidered poetry has been exhibited at various galleries, including Brunswick Street Gallery, No Vacancy Gallery, and Noir Darkroom. Their house is often full of foster cats, fridge poetry, and odd socks.
Associate Editor: L.B. Hazelthorn
L. B. is a writer and editor. They read poetry with Overland and concoct fictions about demons, dreamers, and secret languages. They’ve spent half a lifetime in imaginary worlds, leaving behind a trail of aliases and unfinished Arts degrees, and now live in lutruwita/Tasmania. Their hobbies include baking brownies and simping over villains.
Associate Editor: Megan Payne
Megan is a dancer, choreographer, and writer, based in Narrm. In 2020, in response to lockdowns, they co-created and hosted the radio show Land Swimming as a way to feel closer to swimming and bodies of water. Megan loves writing poetry and is currently working on a fiction manuscript about a non-binary character’s relationship with their ageing Grandmother, who also happens to be a werewolf. They study Professional Writing and Editing at RMIT.
Layout Editor: Mikayla Bamford
Mikayla is a writer and editor, and more importantly, a book fanatic. She studies writing and publishing at RMIT University and has been published in the Bowen Street Press. She’s a chronic crier who writes fiction and creative non-fiction that’s afflicted with angst. In her spare time she tries to manage the hair pulling process of terra-forming her Animal Crossing island.
Intern: Svetlana Sterlin
Svetlana is an emerging screen, poetry, and prose writer based in Meanjin, where she completed a BFA, contributes to Our Culture Magazine, and edits fiction with Voiceworks. Her writing appears in Meanjin, Cordite, Voiceworks, the anthology Within/Without These Walls (AndAlso Books), and elsewhere. A swimming coach and former swimmer, she makes most things about swimming–like her online publication, swim meet lit mag. More from Svetlana: https://linktr.ee/svetlanasterlin
Website Manager: Sam Penny
Sam studied Literature and Politics at The University of East Anglia and Marketing at The University of Manchester. He has worked for a number of non-profit organisations that specialise in relationship counselling and relief from domestic violence. In his current role, Sam manages the digital side of a busy publishing company in Collingwood. In his spare time, he makes fresh, delicious bagels for his friends, plays the guitar, and practices Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Founder: T. J. Robinson
T. J. is a writer and editor living in Melbourne, Australia. He has been published in Seizure, Tincture Journal, and The Victorian Writer. In 2010 he won the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition. He founded The Suburban Review in 2013 and edited it until 2019. You can visit his website or follow him on Twitter @TJ_Writing.