Mandy’s writing has been called powerful, brutal, magnificent and complex. Mandy has won the MOTH international Short Story Award, been a finalist in the Victorian University Short Story Award, the Overland Fair Australia Prize (twice), the Newcastle Short Story Award, the Rachel Funari Award, the ACU Poetry Prize, and the SmokeLong Quarterly Award. Mandy is currently shortlisted for the 2018 Richell Award.
Mandy teaches creative writing at Griffith University. She was the Poet in Residence at the State Library of Queensland and a Wheeler Centre Writing Fellow, as well as a resident at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art. Her work has been published in Griffith Review, Cordite, Black Inc, Best Poems and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal. In 2017 Mandy was the co-editor of The Idea of Women edition of Overland.
Mandy has produced large-scale interactive text work for Brisbane Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, The State Library of Queensland and the Brisbane Writers Festival. She 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.