Melissa Lucashenko is an award-winning Aboriginal writer who lives between Brisbane and the Scenic Rim. Melissa’s most recent novel, Mullumbimby, was awarded the Deloitte Queensland Literary Award for Fiction, won the Victorian Premiers Prize for Indigenous Writing, and was longlisted for both the Stella and Miles Franklin awards as well as the Dublin IMPAC Literary Prize 2015. Melissa was awarded the $80 000 CAL Fellowship for 2016 to work on her next novel, Too Much Lip.

Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, as well as a founding member of Queensland prisoner support group Sisters Inside.