Mandy’s writing has been called powerful, brutal, magnificent and complex. Her first book Wild, Fearless Chests (forthcoming in February 2020 with Hachette) was shortlisted for the 2018 Hachette Richell Prize, the 2019 UWA Dorothy Hewett Award, and a short story from the collection won the Moth International Short Story Award.
Mandy’s work has been a finalist in the Victorian University Short Story Award, the Overland Fair Australia Prize (twice), the Newcastle Short Story Award, the RachelFunari Award, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the SmokeLong Quarterly Award. She has been a writing resident at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, Metro Arts, and at the Wheeler Centre as a Hotdesk fellow. Her work has been published in Griffith Review, Cordite, Black Inc. Best Poems and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal, and she has produced large-scale interactive text work for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, The State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival. Mandy was also at the helm of the sold-out events; Poetry After Dark at the Zoo nightclub and SPOKEN at the State Library of Queensland, as well as being the Poet in Residence at the State Library of Queensland, and the co-editor of The Idea of Women edition of Overland.
Mandy is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT’s School of Media and Communication, exploring feminist theory and philosophy to complicate commercial literary fiction as an agent for social change.