Tristen Harwood is an Indigenous early-career writer based in Narrm/Melbourne. He publishes creative non-fiction grounded in a biomythographical approach, weaving Indigenous life experience, research and myth into narrative form. His work is concerned with history’s fringes, not its forebears; outsiders, human and otherwise, who rupture prevailing narratives.

Since 2016, Tristen has worked as a freelance cultural critic, publishing essays, reviews and criticism on art, decolonising practices, ;architecture, literature and film. Tristen’s writing is published in Australian and international publications including The Monthly, ArtReview, Overland Journal, Art Almanac, Un Magazine, Metro magazine, amongst others and has worked as a research assistant at the University of Melbourne.

The Project

Research and development of a book-length hybrid, non-fiction work exploring the relationship and tension between Australia’s city and desert areas. The project will include experimenting with narrative, drawing on family stories, observations of architecture and geography, art criticism and historical research.