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Dr Donna Mazza

Senior Lecturer

Contact Information Telephone: +61 8 9780 7742, Email:, Campus: South West, Room: BU5.119
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Telephone: +61 8 9780 7742
Campus: South West  
Room: BU5.119  


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


Donna Mazza is a senior lecturer in arts and co-ordinator of the South West arts program for School of Arts and Humanities. With qualifications in both writing and English she currently teaches and supervises students across arts disciplines. Her research interests include speculative and environmental fiction and Australian Gothic, especially in response to place and regional identity. As an author, her first novel, The Albanian (Fremantle Press, 2007) was awarded the TAG Hungerford Award and her short stories, reviews and poetry have recently been published with Westerly, Southerly and Margaret River Press. Her short story ‘The Exhibit’ was awarded the Patricia Hackett Prize (2015) by Westerly and she is 2018 Mick Dark Flagship Fellow for Environmental Writing at Varuna Writers Centre in New South Wales. She has been part of several public art projects as researcher and author, including work on Busselton Jetty, City of Vincent wetlands and sculptural work currently underway at Koombana Bay in Bunbury, and served on regional arts committees. She is an active community member in regional visual art and writing, as judge, author and presenter.  She supervises research students in creative writing and literary theory and several of her students have published novels from their doctoral theses.

Awards and Recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2018 Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship for Environmental Writing – Varuna Writers Centre NSW – ‘Natural Deviations’
  • 2015 - Patricia Hackett Prize for best contribution to Westerly - ‘The Exhibit’
  • 2016 - Australian Greens Short Story Competition – Winner for ‘Dear Daddy’
  • 2016 - Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – Shortlisted Author for Dark Little Ghost [novel]
  • 2015 - Alan Marshall Short Story Prize – Shortlisted for ‘Dear Daddy’
  • 2005 - TAG Hungerford Award for Unpublished Fiction - Winner for The Albanian


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Edith Cowan University, 2004.
  • Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honours (English Studies), Edith Cowan University, 1999.
  • Bachelor of Arts (English), 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,  The Bethanie Group Inc,  Grant,  2006,  $7,534.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Mazza, D., (2018), Kangaroos and predators in recent Australian fiction: A post-pastoral reading. Antipodes: a global journal of Australian/New Zealand literature, 32(1&2), 94-108, Detroit, Michigan, Wayne State University Press, DOI: 10.13110/antipodes.32.1-2.0094.
  • Boxall, K., McKenzie, V., Henderson, G., Shizleen, S., Mazza, D., (2018), Reimagining social work case studies: a social work—creative writing collaboration. Social Work Education, 37(7), 881-894, London, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1458831.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D., (2019), Seven Dead Emus. Arena Magazine, Arena Magazine.
  • Mazza, D., (2019), The True Tail. Westerly Magazine, Westerly Magazine.
  • Mazza, D., (2018), Blue Tongue. Westerly Magazine and Indian Quarterly, Westerly Magazine and Indian Quarterly, Westerly Centre - University of Western Australia.
  • Mazza, D., (2017), The Clearing. Southerly: The journal of the English Association, Sydney, Southerly: The journal of the English Association, Sydney, Brandl & Schlesinger.
  • Mazza, D., (2016), Dear Daddy. Green Magazine, Turner, ACT, Australian Greens.
  • Mazza, D., (2016), Love in two parts. Westerly 61.2, Perth WA, University of Western Australia.
  • Mazza, D., (2015), The Exhibit. Westerly, Perth, WA, Westerly Centre, UWA.
  • Mazza, D., Mickle, A., Corps, R., Ansell, T., Kus, D., (2015), The Rescue., Koombana Bay Sound Wall, Bunbury , City of Bunbury.

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,  A novel: Bloodlines and exegesis: in the blood: mothering and othering
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  The wounded sinner and a stirring of cultures: The contest for place, belonging and identity in Australia
  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Rogue - novel. Wonderlust: The value of wonder for readers, writers and the vault

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Unravel. A novel -and- a diverse palette: Cosmic horror and weird fiction with/out lovecraft. a critical essay.

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Belonging: A place for, and in, children's poetry
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