Yvette, our second resident for the year is a LGBTQIA writer who was born in Australia and is now a New Zealand resident living in Northland.
Her debut novel Letters to the End of Love (University of Queensland Press, 2013 won a 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Award and was shortlisted for a 2014 New South Wales Premier’s Book Award. Yvette’s short fiction has been published in Review of Australian Fiction, The Nightwatchman and the YA Own Voice anthology, Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press 2018). Yvette wrote a short personal essay which was included in the VUP anthology Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety (October 2018). She has been awarded several residencies at Varuna, Australia’s national writers centre.
Yvette will spend her time at Michael King Writers Centre working on her second novel called Nazimova. This novel is broadly about women working in early Hollywood, while focusing specifically on the life of actor, director and producer Alla Nazimova (1880-1945).