Mindy Gill

Mindy Gill

Mindy Gill is the recipient of the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award, and the Australian Poetry/NAHR Poetry Fellowship in Val Taleggio, Italy. From 2017-2020, she was Peril Magazine's Editor-in-Chief. She lives in Brisbane.

'Till "real voices" wake us, and we drown: The mire of identity politics' by Mindy Gill

March 2022, no. 440 20 February 2022
'Till "real voices" wake us, and we drown: The mire of identity politics' by Mindy Gill
We can learn much about a culture by listening to how it talks about its art. The way non-white writers, for want of a better phrase, tend to be reviewed in Australia tells us a lot about how we determine cultural value. Some reviewers place a premium on the author’s biography – her identity – rather than on her work itself. The reviewer avoids critical engagement with the text in favour of ... (read more)

Mindy Gill reviews 'Harlem Shuffle' by Colson Whitehead

October 2021, no. 436 23 September 2021
Mindy Gill reviews 'Harlem Shuffle' by Colson Whitehead
Readers of Colson Whitehead’s two recent Pulitzer Prize-winning novels, The Underground Railroad (2016) and The Nickel Boys (2019) – both historical literary novels focused on the Underground Railroad and the Jim Crow era, respectively – may be surprised by his eighth book, Harlem Shuffle, a crime novel written in the swaggering voice of a Quentin Tarantino character. Whitehead has always dr ... (read more)

Mindy Gill reviews 'Racism: Stories on fear, hate and bigotry' edited by Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, and Phoebe Grainer

July 2021, no. 433 21 June 2021
Mindy Gill reviews 'Racism: Stories on fear, hate and bigotry' edited by Winnie Dunn, Stephen Pham, and Phoebe Grainer
Sweatshop, based in Western Sydney, is a writing and literacy organisation that mentors emerging writers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Racism, their ninth anthology, brings together all thirty-nine writers involved in their three programs – the Sweatshop Writers Group, Sweatshop Women Collective, and Sweatshop Schools Initiative. The section titled ‘Micro Aggressive F ... (read more)

Mindy Gill reviews 'We Were Never Friends' by Margaret Bearman

September 2020, no. 424 24 August 2020
Mindy Gill reviews 'We Were Never Friends' by Margaret Bearman
Margaret Bearman’s We Were Never Friends is a novel that places the myth of the artistic male genius against the critical eye of history. Lotti, the eldest daughter of renowned Australian painter George Coates, narrates from two perspectives: her younger, twelve-year-old self and her present-day one, a trainee surgeon. In 1999 the Coates family abandons Sydney, assured that ‘Canberra would be ... (read more)