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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  • 2016 - Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript – Shortlisted Author for Dark Little Ghost [novel]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  • 2005 - TAG Hungerford Award for Unpublished Fiction - Winner for The Albanian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.

Research Outputs

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2020). Fauna. [Novel]. . Allen & Unwin.
  • Mazza, D. (2020). The Fingerprint. New Australian Fiction 2020. Kill Your Darlings Pty Ltd.
  • Mazza, D. (2020). The Last of its Kind. Westerly Magazine. 65.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2019). The True Tail. Westerly Magazine.
  • Mazza, D. (2019). Seven Dead Emus. Arena Magazine.

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.
  • 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.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2018). Blue Tongue. Westerly Magazine and Indian Quarterly. Westerly Centre - University of Western Australia.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2017). The Clearing. Southerly. English Association.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2016). Love in two parts. Westerly 61.2. University of Western Australia.
  • Mazza, D. (2016). Dear Daddy. Green Magazine. Australian Greens.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D., Mickle, A., Corps, R., Ansell, T., Kus, D. (2015). The Rescue. Koombana Bay Sound Wall, Bunbury.
  • Mazza, D. (2015). The Exhibit. Westerly. Westerly Centre, UWA.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2014). What I'm Reading: Donna Mazza. Meanjin Blog. Melbourne University Publishing.
  • Mazza, D., Mills, S. (2014). Ariadne Cast Away. ECU South West.
  • Mazza, D. (2014). The Cormorant. ECU South West Building.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2013). Holyoake. Fire: A collection of stories, poems and visual images. Margaret River Press.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2011). Busselton Jetty Sculpture Walk Signage. . Safehaven studios and Busselton Shire Council.

Creative Arts Research Outputs

  • Mazza, D. (2007). The Albanian. . Fremantle Press.

Research Projects

  • 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, $7,434.

Research Student Supervision

Principal Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Heartwood: Spiritual homebuilding and white vanishing in Australian gothic fiction
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Chasing darkness: Aspects of the gothic in early twenty first century Australian fiction
  • Doctor of Philosophy, ‘The Crags’ & Behind the veil of Tasmanian Gothic: an ecocritical approach to writing and reading contemporary Tasmanian fiction.
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Beneath the money tree: The hidden woman in contemporary Australian fiction

Associate Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy, "The Commonwealth of Amnesia": Uncovering Forgotten Stories of the Pre and Post-WWI and WWII Croatian and Yugoslav Immigrant Experience through Erasure Poetry
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Castles of sand, and saltwater shackles: Abjection, liminal space, and entrapment within the Australian coastal gothic landscape

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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