|Born||1967 (age 51–52)|
|Genre||Adult literary fiction, literary non-fiction and novels for teenagers|
Melissa Lucashenko is an Australian writer of adult literary fiction and literary non-fiction, who has also written novels for teenagers.
In 2013 at The Walkley Awards, she won the 'Feature Writing Long (over 4000 words) Award' for her piece Sinking below sight: Down and out in Brisbane and Logan.
Melissa Lucashenko was born in 1967 in Brisbane, Australia. Her heritage is European and Murri Aboriginal. She is a graduate of Griffith University (1990), with an honours degree in public policy.
Lucashenko's first work to be published was Steam Pigs (1997), which won the Dobbie Prize for Australian women's fiction. It was also a short-list nominee for the NSW Premier's Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. In 1998 she released the novel Killing Darcy which won the Aurora Prize of the Royal Blind Society, was a finalist for the 1998 Aurealis Award for best young-adult novel and named on the 1998 James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award long list. In 1999 her third book, Hard Yards was released, and in 2002 her fourth novel Too Flash was published. Hard Yards was a finalist in the 2001 Courier-Mail Book of the Year and the NSW Premier's Award. She is also an accomplished essayist. Lucashenko's fifth novel, Mullumbimby, won the prestigious Deloitte Fiction Book Award in 2013.
In March 2014 The Moth Radio Hour aired a recording of Lucashenko recounting the story of moving with her husband and daughter back to the Aboriginal lands in New South Wales (where her great-grandmother grew up), and subsequent divorce from her husband and mental illness of her daughter.
- Steam pigs, University of Queensland Press (1997) ISBN 978-0-70-222935-0
- Killing Darcy, University of Queensland Press (1998) ISBN 978-0-70-223041-7
- Hard Yards, University of Queensland Press (1999) ISBN 978-0-70-223080-6
- Too Flash (2002) ISBN 978-1-86-465048-8
- Uptown Girl, University of Queensland Press (2002) ISBN 978-0-70-223334-0
- Mullumbimby, University of Queensland Press, (2013) ISBN 978-0-70-223919-9
- Too Much Lip, University of Queensland Press, (2018) ISBN 978-0-70-225996-8
- Lucashenko, Melissa (June 2014). "Aborigines in the Australian literary tradition". Australian Author. 46 (1): 23–27.
- Globalisation, Kimberley Style in Our Global Face edition 6
- How Green is My Valley? in Hot Air edition 12
- Not Quite White in the Head
- On the Same Page, right? in Stories for Today edition 26
- Our Bodies in Making Perfect Bodies edition 4
- The Silent Majority in Stories for Today edition 26
- Who Let the Dogs Out?
- "History's footnote, or, a Wolvi incident", pp. 63–69, in: Destroying the joint, edited by Jane Caro, Read How You Want (2015, ISBN 9781459687295).
Nominations and awards
- Best young-adult novel
- 1998: Nomination: Killing Darcy
Aurora Prize of the Royal Blind Society
- 1998: Won: Killing Darcy
- 1997: Nomination: Steam Pigs
Courier-Mail Book of the Year
- 2001: Nomination: Hard Yards
Nita Kibble Literary Award
- Dobbie Prize for Australian women's fiction
- 1998: Win: Steam Pigs
- 1998: Long list: Killing Darcy
- 1997: Steam Pigs
- 1999: Hard Yards
- "Melissa Lucashenko". Griffith Review. Archived from the original on 2009-10-23. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "Home". Melissa Lucashenko. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1999 Aurealis Awards". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 2 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1999 James Tiptree Jr Memorial Award". Locus Online. Archived from the original on 14 January 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-25.
- "The Moth Radio Hour: My Grandmother's Country". The Moth. Retrieved 2014-03-26.
- An edited version of her Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture, October 2013.