Eugenia Flynn is a writer, arts worker and community cultural development practitioner. Eugenia runs the blog Black Thoughts Live Here and her writings on the politics of race, identity, gender and culture have been published in Crikey, The Guardian Australia, The Conversation Australia, Peril Magazine, VICE Magazine, HYSTERIA (UK), Overland, The Lifted Brow, NITV, IndigenousX, and The Victorian Writer. She has presented on a variety of topics including writing, advocacy, blogging and digital writing in numerous forums including the University of Wollongong, the West Writers Forum, the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Brimbank Writers and Readers Festival and the Sydney Writers Festival.
With over ten years’ experience in community arts and cultural development, Eugenia has facilitated the 2012 RISE Festival for RISE Refugees Survivors and Ex-Detainees, an in-conversation solidarity dinner with international activist and writer Angela Davis and numerous other projects. In 2015 she was Assistant Curator for Both Sides of the Street at Blak Dot Gallery and as part of the public programs for Both Sides of the Street, she facilitated and hosted a conversation on solidarity between First Nations Australians and non-Indigenous people of colour. In 2016, Eugenia was named one of Australia’s Top Ten Deadly Bloggers and she is currently the CEO of The Social Studio, a not-for-profit social enterprise that uses fashion and hospitality as a vehicle for engaging refugee and migrant communities in employment and education initiatives.
Eugenia identifies as Aboriginal (Tiwi and Larrakia), Chinese Malaysian and Muslim, working within her multiple communities to create change through literature, art, politics and community development.
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