The Journal

The Suburban Review is a literary collective that worships creativity. We publish a quarterly digital journal of short fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and art.

We’re based in Narrm Melbourne and Eora Sydney, but we’re interested in publishing the work of writers from all over Australia and the world. We praise creativity, adore the tongue-in-cheek, and love having our hearts broken again and again.

Find the latest issue of our digital literary journal here!

The Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Claire Albrecht

Claire Albrecht is an award-winning poet and curator from 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.

Contact at: editor@thesuburbanreview.com.

Deputy Editor: Erin McFadyen

Erin is a writer, editor, and educator based on Gadigal land. Her work can be found in The Monthly, Overland, Art & Australia, The Mascara Review, Review 31, and Artist Profile, where she is currently Deputy Editor. She co-convenes a creative non-fiction book club called LIES and is a founding co-conspirator at The Australasian Posthumanities.

Contact at: deputy@thesuburbanreview.com.

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief: Anupama Pilbrow

Anupama studied mathematics at The University of Melbourne. In 2015, she received the Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship for her manuscript the ravage space. Her poems, reviews, and essays have been published in journals and anthologies including Cordite Poetry Review, Rabbit Poetry Journal, JEASA, Southerly and The Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. Read her chapbook Body Poems, out with Vagabond Press 2018. Her work often deals with diaspora, dialogue, exchange, and gross stuff.

Contact at: editor@thesuburbanreview.com.

Outgoing Deputy Editor: Zoe Kingsley

Zoe is a writer living in Narrm/Melbourne. Her poetry and essays can be read in publications such as Overland, Cordite Poetry Review, The Happy Hypocrite and Textual Practice. She is part of the We Eat Out Together collective.

Contact at: deputy@thesuburbanreview.com.

Art + Comics Editor: David Mahler

David is a comic artist and filmmaker. Their first comic book ‘Deep Park’ was published in 2013 and their most recent, ‘The Secret Ingredient’ was hand-risograph printed and released during a residency at Tree Paper Comics in 2018. Their work has been published in The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Entropy, Voiceworks and more. They are interested in comics which utilise form to support a story.

Additional graphic design by David.

Contact at: art.comics.editor@thesuburbanreview.com.

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.

Contact at: media.manager@thesuburbanreview.com.

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: Luna Hazelthorn

Luna is a fiction writer and poet living in lutruwita Tasmania. At the age of four she swallowed a thesaurus and has been a pretentious git ever since. She writes about demons, dreamers, and imaginary languages, and can often be found chewing on a cheap pen.

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.

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.

Intern: 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.

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.