Hi! I'm Marina, an Adelaide-based writer, critic, creative, and current PhD candidate in Creative Writing (Life Writing). I also regularly teach Creative Writing, Life Writing, English Literature, and Foundation Studies at Flinders University.
In my creative practice I examine identity, queer experience, bodies, grief, and public/private spheres. I write short fiction, creative non-fiction, essays, poetry, and hybrid works incorporating materials, art, and photography.
In my research I explore fragmented life narratives of grief and trauma. I look at material objects and personal possessions as part of storytelling about loss. As a practice-led researcher my research and writing inform one another and I enjoy exploring links between academic and creative work.
While I research personal archives and cardboard boxes, much of my work is about thinking outside and beyond 'the box' and asking questions about materiality and reality, personhood and objectification, creative flow and creative paralysis.
Examples of my work can be found here. Click here for the details of my current PhD candidature at Flinders University and academic-work-related contact information. Further details about my academic work can be found on my LinkedIn profile, here. Finally, if you'd like to contact me regarding a creative project or other inquiry, please visit my Contact page.
Bio for professional use:
Marina Deller is an Adelaide-based writer and PhD candidate at Flinders University of South Australia on Kaurna land. Their research concerns grief and trauma life narratives and material storytelling. They write about identity, bodies, grief, and public/private spheres. Marina teaches Creative Writing and English Literature and is affiliated with the Flinders Life Narrative Lab.
Bio for creative use:
Marina Deller (they/she) is a writer, critic, and PhD student living and working on Kaurna land. When they aren’t sewing or spoiling their cat, Atlas, they tell stories of identity, bodies, and grief. Their work appears in InDaily, The Conversation, Voiceworks, and Archer amongst others, and was shortlisted for the Rachel Funari Prize for Fiction 2021 and highly commended in the AAWP/Westerly Magazine Life Writing Prize 2022. They tweet @marinadeller.