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The Lifted Brow #43


A quarterly print attack magazine from Australia and the world, publishing literature, visual art, and things in-between.

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Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow: essays, fiction, translations, commentary, criticism, poetry, and as always so many pages of comics and illustrated work.

With cover art by celebrated Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Power Paola, Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow includes:

  • the winning piece from our 2019 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction by Jean Bachoura and Flatwhite Damascus;
  • the winning piece from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize by Bryant Apolonio;
  • Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers;
  • Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to;
  • Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen;
  • Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance;
  • Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty;
  • memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury-Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders;
  • brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments;
  • vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity;
  • arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence;
  • new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi;
  • columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column about the ethics of the trigger and how to deal with triggeredness, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column about the solidarity to be found the Whyalla steel industry and the wonders of the cuttlefish, Aimee Knight explores the traumatic heart of dark tourism in her ‘Pop Culture’ column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny Phang’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column;
  • a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia;
  • and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O’Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.
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