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Dr Donna Mazza

Senior Lecturer

Staff Member Details
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 and co-ordinator of the South West arts program. With qualifications in English and Writing, she teaches across both disciplines. Her research includes speculative environmental fiction and Australian Gothic in response to place. She is author of Fauna (Allen & Unwin, 2020) and The Albanian (Fremantle Press, 2007), which received the TAG Hungerford Award. Her stories have recently been published in KYD New Australian Fiction 2020 and Westerly. She has written for The Conversation, Science-Write-Now and Antipodes on kangaroos, swearing and science in Australian literature. She was recipient of Patricia Hackett Prize, Mick Dark Flagship Fellowship for Environmental Writing and Tyrone Guthrie International Exchange to Ireland 2021. She was researcher and author on public art projects, at Busselton Jetty, City of Vincent wetlands and Wardandi Boodjar at Koombana Bay in Bunbury. She is active as judge, author and presenter in visual art and writing. She supervises students in writing and literature and some have published novels from their research.

Professional associations

  • 2015-present - Varuna Writers Centre Alumni, (Member)
  • 2017-present - city of Bunbury Art Collection Committee, (Member)
  • 2019-present - Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL), (Member)

Awards and recognition

National and International Awards

  • 2021 -Tyrone Guthrie International Exchange – Annaghmakerrig, Ireland
  • 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  • 2016 - Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – Shortlisted Author for Dark Little Ghost [novel]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  • 2005 - TAG Hungerford Award for Unpublished Fiction - Winner for The Albanian

Research areas and interests

  • Speculative fiction with a focus on feminism and environmental issues.
  • Australian Gothic literature, particularly in relation to coastal areas and return of the repressed.
  • Representation of kangaroos and other fauna in Australian fiction.
  • Creative examinations of new genetic science through art and literature.


  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D., (2019), The True Tail. Westerly Magazine, Westerly Magazine.
  • Mazza, D., (2019), Seven Dead Emus. Arena Magazine, Arena 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, Southerly: The journal of the English Association, Sydney, English Association.
  • Mazza, D., (2016), Love in two parts. Westerly 61.2, Perth WA, University of Western Australia.
  • Mazza, D., (2016), Dear Daddy. Green Magazine, Turner, ACT, Australian Greens.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • 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,  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,  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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