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Dr Donna Mazza

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7742, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU5.136
Staff Member Details
Telephone: +61 8 9780 7742
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.136  


Donna Mazza is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Humanities and coordinates the Arts program at the South West Campus.


Donna is an award winning author of short fiction and novels dealing with sense of place, ecology and identity. Her first novel, The Albanian (2007) was published by Fremantle Press and won the TAG Hungerford Award for unpublished manuscripts. She has worked on numerous regional arts projects and committees and is an active community member in Western Australian writing, as judge, author and presenter. Her recent works explore dystopian and speculative fiction with ecological themes.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • Patricia Hackett Prize 2015 for best contribution to Westerly - ‘The Exhibit’
  • Australian Greens Short Story Competition – Winner 2016 for ‘Dear Daddy’
  • Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – Shortlisted Author 2016 for Dark Little Ghost [novel]
  • Alan Marshall Short Story Prize – Shortlisted 2015 for ‘Dear Daddy’
  • TAG Hungerford Award for Unpublished Fiction - Winner 2005 for The Albanian


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2004.
  • BAHons (Bachelor of Arts Honours), Edith Cowan University, 1999.
  • BA (Bachelor of Arts), Edith Cowan University, 1991.


Recent Research Grants

  • The spaces between us: Interdisciplinary, practice-led research into colonial Western Australian infanticide,  Edith Cowan University,  ECU Early Career Researcher Grant - 2016,  2016 - 2018,  $30,000.
  • Bitter Heritage: WA and its climate violence,  Edith Cowan University,  School of Arts and Humanities Research Grant Scheme 2016,  2016,  $5,000.
  • Pilot study into the needs of young carers in South-West Australia,  Churches Of Christ Homes And Community Services Inc,  Grant,  2006,  $7,534.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Non-Traditional Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D., (2015), The Exhibit. Westerly, Perth, WA.
  • Mazza, D., Mickle, A., Corps, R., Ansell, T., Kus, D., (2015), The Rescue., Koombana Bay Sound Wall, Bunbury .
  • Mazza, D., (2014), What I'm Reading: Donna Mazza. Meanjin Blog, Melbourne, VIC.
  • Mazza, D., (2014), The Cormorant. The 9 x 5" 2014 Art Auction, ECU South West Building .
  • Mazza, D., Mills, S., (2014), Ariadne Cast Away. The 9x5" 2014 Art Auction, ECU South West.
  • Mazza, D., (2013), Holyoake. Fire: A collection of stories, poems and visual images, Margaret River.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  On The Corner Of North And Nowhere. A Novel - And - Going Back To Go Forward: An Invitation To Get Lost. A Critical Essay
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The Wounded Sinner And A Stirring Of Cultures: The Contest For Place, Belonging And Identity In Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  A Novel: Bloodlines And Exegesis: In The Blood: Mothering And Othering
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