Dr Anita Heiss is an author, presenter, academic, commentator, creative disruptor and proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Her latest book is Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. She is a multi award-winning author, academic, presenter and commentator, creative disruptor and proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW.
Anita has written non-fiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary, and travel articles. An advocate for Indigenous education, she is a Lifetime Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and was a finalist in the 2012 Human Rights Awards and the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards.
She has performed her works nationally (Sydney Writers' Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Adelaide Writers' Week, Melbourne Writers' Festival, Byron Bay Writers' Festival, Message Sticks, Brisbane Writers Festival, Somerset Festival of Literature, Watermark and Wordstorm, among others) as well as internationally in Spain, Austria, the USA, Canada, Fiji, Japan, New Zealand, China, France, the UK, Tahiti and New Caledonia. She has also been published widely in journals, anthologies and on-line.
She currently lives in Brisbane where she Manages the Epic Good Foundation and sits on the Board of the State Library of QLD.