About

Elizabeth Smyth is a writer and researcher with a focus on the literature of North Queensland. Her creative-practice research engages with regionalism, ecocriticism, and the georgic to respond to contemporary social and environmental issues and concerns. She writes both long and short forms of narrative prose set in the Wet Tropics.

Her current research explores creative-practice methodology, genre, magic realism, and the contribution of North Queensland literature to Australian society and culture. Her creative writing and essays have been published in Meanjin, JASAL, TEXT, and Tropical Writers anthologies.

Elizabeth is employed as a research officer in the Roderick Centre for Australian Literature and Creative Writing, and as an academic librarian in the JCU Library. Prior to this she worked collaboratively as a research assistant on the 'To Be Continued' National Newspaper Fiction Database, an ARC-funded project administered by the Australian National University. 

Readers with aligned interests who are considering Honours, Masters and PhD studies, please send a brief email outlining a proposed research topic, why the topic is important, and a CV. Scholarship funding is available through James Cook University Postgraduate Research Scholarships

Interests
Professional
  • Co-Editor Book Reviews, JASAL: Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature
Research
  • Creative-practice research methodology
  • Fictional representations of human-plant relationships
  • Literary depictions of the Australian Wet Tropics
  • The farm novel and georgic literature
Experience
  • 2023 to present - Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2023 - Research Assistant, Australian National University (Canberra, Australia)
  • 2020 to 2023 - PhD, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2020 to 2023 - Academic Librarian, James Cook University (Cairns, Australia)
  • 2017 to 2019 - Master of Information Studies (Librarianship), Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga)
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2022 - FALS + Viva La Novella Editor Stepping Stone Program
  • 2020 - 3MT Finalist, James Cook University
  • 2016 - Varuna Residential Fellowship
  • 2016 - Maher Fellowship, Queensland Writers Centre
  • 2016 - ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize longlist
Fellowships
  • 2021 - Fellow, The Cairns Institute
Memberships
  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP)
  • Association for the study of Literature, Environment and Culture (ASLEC-ANZ)
  • American Association of Australasian Literary Studies (AAALS)
  • Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Australian Society of Authors (ASA)
  • Queensland Writers Centre (QWC)
  • Varuna Alumni, The National Writers House
  • Tropical Writers
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