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The Lip Crew

1_IMG_8446_web smallJosephine Mandarano (Editor-in-Chief)

Josephine Mandarano is a twenty-something Melburnian who spends her nine-to-five knee-deep in the busy world of educational publishing. She reads (everything), writes (words, mostly), collects books (600-and-something at last count), and spends too much time inside her head (and on Instagram). A self-professed word nerd, her remarks about our glorious language were quoted in the 2009 Victorian Certificate of Education English Language Exam – strange, but true. Her friends might describe her as a ranting Feminist who can be found, most days, sitting atop her metaphorical soapbox.

Ruby Mahoney (Editorial Assistant / Memoir Editor)

Ruby is a reader and writer hailing from coastal Victoria, now living in Sydney. Her main passions are couscous and creative nonfiction. Online, she generally publishes memoir. In person, she likes to rant about sexuality, political agendas and certain women’s magazines. CV-relevant information: Ruby has recently achieved First Class Honours in creative writing at RMIT, and is now studying to become an English teacher.


RubyRuby Grant (News + Features Editor)

Ruby is a twenty-something hipster with an arts degree from UTAS majoring in gender studies and sociology. Her feminist origins probably stem from that time in Kindergarten when a girl told her she couldn’t wear her Buzz Light-year boxer’s shorts because they were ‘for boys’. In her (limited) spare time, Ruby facilitates a popular Hobart feminist book group, the Shrinking Violets Society and blogs sporadically at She is also a connoisseur of all things beer, coffee, philosophy and pop-culture.

Lou Heinrich

Lou Heinrich (Books + Literature Editor)

A stone cold bibliophile, Lou Heinrich drinks far too much earl grey. She writes about women and pop culture, and loves the ocean, sunshine, and colour.

Jess Oliver

Jess Oliver (Art, Theatre + Fashion Editor)

Studying art history and anthropology as an undergrad at the ANU, Jess is on the cusp of completing her Masters degree in Communications and works at a non-profit arts organisation in Canberra. She enjoys words, art, travel, people, coffee, chocolate and beautifully crisp autumn days.

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Lauren Strickland (Film Editor)

Lauren Strickland is a born-and-bred Canberran who recently did what all born-and-bred Canberrans do: leave. She now lives in Sydney, where she misses “proper” cold weather and hoards the results of her book-buying addiction. She has grand writing plans that all depend on securing the perfect pseudonym. Her proudest moment was the day she got up the courage to answer ‘I’m a writer’ when someone asked her what she did. Her second proudest moment was not hitting them when they followed up with, ‘But what will you do for a real job?’ She blogs at

Bridget Conway (Editorial Assistant – News)

Bridget Conway is originally from America and moved to Sydney on her own at the ripe age of 18. She double majored in English and Theatre at UNSW, then underwent an Honours year specialising in Australian literature, which engaged with animal rights and feminist liberation. She is also a self-proclaimed nerd who loves all things sci-fi and has taken that love to heart this year by starting a PhD focusing on the same themes as her Honours thesis, but in sci-fi form. She enjoys writing (of course), watching movies, eating ice cream, going for long walks (by the beach is suitable) and drinking Bloody Marys on hot summer nights, and tea on cold winter nights. She used to work as a florist but has now moved on to a fancy new office job – growing up can be fun indeed!


Freya Dumas

When Freya Dumas got in trouble as a child, she was sent outside to ride her bike, because her room held her three favourite things: books, paper, pencils. She grew up in Central Australia, and suspects she has red dirt in her veins instead of blood. She graduated from UTS with a Masters of Creative Writing, and is prone to slipping into ‘writing comas’. She is rarely without a pen, but always forgets her keys.

Christine Campbell

Christine Campbell has been writing for Lip since September 2010. She is the resident New York City music journalist / cultural ambassador. She also works at a small digital advertising agency in Manhattan performing Search Engine Optimization and volunteers with an arts nonprofit, somehow also managing to help people with their websites on the side. In her spare time, she enjoys going to as many events as she can, sampling the awesome cuisines of Brooklyn and dreaming of the revolution. Her love for Jay-Z is unending, she sleeps less than most people and she wants to learn more, always.

Audrey K. Hulm

Audrey Hulm works across a number of fields creating events, artworks, the written word that seek to ignite her audience in thought provoking and challenging ways. Currently the acting Director of Found Festival, a nine day arts event taking place in the historic Magdalen Laundry featuring over 80 performers, artists and speakers and a number of key partnerships across a broad range of sectors.
 Her visual work has appeared at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, MUMA, Next Wave Festival, Harvest Festival, St Paul’s Cathedral, Billboard Nightclub, The School of Life, Blindside and many other spaces, ranging from traditional to radical.
 The written word can be found in Lip, Trouble Magazine, Un Magazine, Das, DayFour and numerous artist publications.
 Audrey is currently completing her Masters by Research in Interdisciplinary Arts at The Centre For Ideas, focusing on trauma, resilience and art practise. Website:
sarah iulianoSarah Iuliano

Sarah Iuliano is a journalism student at the University of Newcastle. Her belief in the power of communication and the necessity of feminism led her to Lip in April, 2013. She enjoys coining awful nicknames for friends, drinking vino, and having longwinded rants on the beach at sunset … sometimes all at once.

Kaylia Payne

Kaylia is a career student who is currently doing her MA in Professional Writing. She likes tea, dancing, summer and singing out of tune. She hates the cold, which is unfortunate because she lives in chilly Canberra. She is opinionated about all political and social issues (some would say a little too much) and will remain forever uncool due to her unhealthy obsession with both college rock and cats. A student/office assistant by day and a blogger by night, she dreams of one day having a job where she doesn’t need to wear shoes to work.

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Heidi La Paglia

Heidi is a Gender/Sociology student at the University of Tasmania (Utas) who spends her spare time following Australian politics and feeling troubled by the lack of women in authoritative positions. Since the start of her university life, Heidi has been engrossed in studying feminism and the injustices that affect women. In her articles, Heidi usually writes about social justice issues. She believes that gender inequality is downright unacceptable and devotes significant time to working to improve women’s welfare and health. In her current role as Utas Women’s Officer, Heidi stands up for female students. She believes that good social infrastructure and policy is fundamental to maintaining women’s wellbeing and health and hopes to eventually make this happen at a political level.


I’ve been writing for lip since I discovered it on myspace going on three years ago. When I’m not spending time with my gamer husband or playing with our crazy cat, Lammy, I am either crocheting my heart out or trying to bond with my sewing machine, always with a cup of tea by my side. I am involved with a bunch of social justice activities and love doing things within my community. So far this year, I’ve completed one of my resolutions – learning how to flip a pancake. It’s going to be a good year!



Sarah Fortuna
Sarah has a respectable job at a university and feels a crushing sadness every time she wears a suit. In her spare time she maintains a blog and dreams about becoming a life coach. Read Sarah’s blog here.

  Emma Jones

Emma is a writer, editor, radio presenter, feminist and blogger from Adelaide. She’s about to finish her Arts Degree and isn’t sure what will happen next. This worries her, because Emma likes plans. She also likes wine, pizza, the internet, Louis Theroux and her cat. You can find her blog at

Hannah Story

It’s rumoured that Hannah writes more than she sleeps. An aspiring novelist by day and an easily angered cultural critic by night, she spends her downtime watching Woody Allen movies, reading Anais Nin novels, and eating Indian food. Hannah is in her final year of a Writing and Cultural Studies degree, and currently edits the UTS student magazine, Vertigo and sub-edits Foke. She is always interning with everything from publishers to advertisers to events management companies, and writes articles, short fiction and blogs for many publications and businesses. Find her portfolio, i.e. links to more of her articles, here.

m Junene Taylor 

Junene is an outspoken and opinionated writer, blogger, editor and media enthusiast from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the founder and current Editor-in-chief of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania chapter of the online magazine has been a lover of words since birth. She is a fan of feminism, food, and life-long learning. When she’s not pretending to write the next Great American Novel, Junene spends her time toying with the idea of going to grad school and entering the realm of public policy.


DSC04962Shannon Clarke

Shannon is a writer and feminist from Toronto, Canada, currently chipping away at a journalism degree and economics minor. She discovered Lip on Twitter and has been contributing since August 2012. Her interests include news, social justice, pop culture, and intersectional feminist criticism. She is also a big fan of the Oxford comma.

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