Jessica Alice is the Director of Writers SA. She is a poet, critic, broadcaster and artistic director from Melbourne’s west living on Kaurna country in Adelaide. Jessica is Deputy Chair of the Arts Industry Council of South Australia (AICSA), and a committee member of the Kat Muscat Fellowship—a prize for writers and editors.
Jessica was formerly Program Manager of Melbourne Writers Festival and Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival. She has served on boards including SYN Media and Melbourne International Arts Festival.
Jessica’s writing and criticism is published in The Guardian Australia, Metro Magazine, Overland, VICE, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Poetry Journal, and the anthology Solid Air: Australian and New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP).
Bronwyn Tilley (writing as Bronwyn Stuart) is a multi-published award-winning author of both contemporary and historical romantic fiction. Her latest novel She’s The One is based on the television show, The Bachelor, and reveals her love of all things ridiculously OTT. Her regency novel, The Road to Ruin, was printed in a duo with a Stephanie Laurens story ticking an exciting box on her writing bucket list.
Bronwyn is a skilled public speaker and MC. She appeared at the Clare Writers Festival and on several publishing panels around the country. From 2016 to 2018 Bronwyn programmed and managed conferences for Romance Writers of Australia as well as sitting on the committee for the not-for-profit for two of those years. Her non-writing jobs have included: retail manager, office manager, call centre worker, checkout chick and other not-so exciting positions.
Bronwyn and her collection of shoes reside in the Adelaide hills along with her husband, kids, dogs, cat and lovebirds, where she writes romantic stories from her renovated caravan office.
Membership and Administration Coordinator
Melanie Pryor is a literary nonfiction writer with a background in administration and media. Her work has been published in Meanjin, Overland, Southerly, and Lip, and on wine bottles as part of the Overland Story Wine Prize. In 2017 she received the inaugural highly commended award in the AAWP Chapter One Prize.
Melanie holds a PhD in creative writing from Flinders University. She writes about the relationship between place and the body, wild landscapes, and women’s stories of being in them. Throughout 2018-2019 Melanie spent time in the US as a writer-in-residence at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods in California and at the Vermont Studio Center, and was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Women’s Health and Human Rights in Boston, Massachusetts, before she joined Writers SA.
Melanie co-founded The Hearth: A Night of Readings in Adelaide, and has volunteered for community arts programs and international women’s rights organisations. She is deeply committed to the writing communities in South Australia and to Writers SA as an organisation that nurtures, connects, and promotes them.
Lana is a freelance writer based by the beach in Adelaide, with a diverse background in digital, media, and publishing.
Her debut book ‘Dark Wave’ was recently shortlisted for the 2020 Viva La Novella awards. Her non-fiction has been published widely, and her award-winning fiction has appeared in Going Down Swinging, Anthology of Australasian Stories, and was a daily winner of the 2019 Swinburne Microfiction award. She edited Wake, an anthology of poetry and short stories.
Lana graduated from the University of South Australia with a degree in Creative Writing, and followed a career as a fashion editor for global brands before returning to her hometown, where she works as a freelance writer and editor.
Lana is passionate about supporting, promoting, and getting to know South Aussie writers at Writers SA.
First Nations Writers Coordinator
Edoardo Crismani is a film director, writer, singer-songwriter and is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people. He is the Coordinator of the SA First Nations Writers Group.
Edoardo was nominated by the Australian Writers Guild for a 2017 AWGIE Award for writing The Panther Within. In 2020 he directed Deadly Family Portraits: Crombie Crew for ABC TV, available to watch on iView.
Edoardo is working on his first novel, Finding Billy Brown, which was shortlisted for the Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship.
Vern has a diverse background and broad experience in all facets of office and finance management. Starting out in the graphic arts industry as a photo retoucher and desktop publisher, he then transitioned to working in a business doing website design and publication, in the role of Director and Office Manager. Following that, he moved to the Pink Sofa, a lesbian dating website, as Office Manager, doing payroll, accounts and selling online advertising. After 4 years working in that interesting and diverse role, he moved to one of Adelaide’s leading law firms as a Legal Administrator, and then Payroll Administrator.
Out of work hours, Vern has subcontracted his time to one of Adelaide Hills’ favourite pizza and wine bars, Lost In A Forest, doing HR, Finance and Payroll. An avid (and competitive) sailor and certified RYA Keelboat Instructor, you will often find him off sailing locally, interstate and overseas whenever possible.
With a keen interest in the arts, Vern is pleased to be working with Writers SA and brings a broad range of skills to the organisation.
Digital Event Assistant
Nelya Valamanesh is an Adelaide-based artist who has produced works on a range of platforms. Nelya’s vision through all of her creative avenues has been to speak her truth as a proud queer Persian/Australian woman, and elevate unspoken voices of colour and other marginalised groups.
During her career she has DJed, co-facilitated theatre workshops, and freelanced in the film industry. Currently, she is in script development for her own web series with funding from the South Australian Film Corporation. She was also a finalist in the Mercury CX’s Pitch-o-Rama competition in 2019 and 2020, was accepted into AFTR’s National and State Talent Camp.
Nelya has also worked in numerous theatre developments with ActNow Theatre, STCSA, and an Arts SA-funded narrative podcast with other local creatives.
Ryan J Morrison
Digital Event Assistant
Ryan J Morrison is an emerging author and academic with an interest in genre fiction and disability studies.
Currently in the fourth year of a PhD in Creative Writing, Ryan is researching how artificial intelligence is depicted in science fiction, which is informing a genre-bending adaptation of the Jewish legend of the Golem of Prague.
When he isn’t obsessing over board games, card games, and pen & paper roleplaying games, Ryan also streams video games on Twitch as SciFiAIguy, and creates a weekday webcomic called Only the Truest of Facts. Ryan is passionate about education, and is eager to provide support to both workshop attendees and facilitators.
Digital Event Assistant
Alysha Herrmann is a proud parent, daughter of regional Australia, writer, theatre maker, creative producer and community organiser. She makes performances, installations, experiences, presentations, poetry, essays, digital exchanges and small moments of connection in public places.
Once upon a time Alysha was a disconnected and very angry high-school dropout & teenage parent who thought the arts was a waste of time and money.
Alysha writes about vulnerability, community, hope, grief and forgiveness. She’s a long-time fantasy nerd and would love to write for video-games. Tea-drinker, big dreamer and thinker of confusing thoughts. #myriverland #letstalkyoutharts