Geoff arrived at GDS in 2010 after the long-serving Lisa Greenaway, from editorial roles at lit journals harvest and Voiceworks and at sports website The Roar. He has a spoken word background, including running performance night Wordplay for three years, managing its online audio archive and editing a Wordplay magazine. He’s a freelance writer and radio broadcaster for outlets including The Guardian, Wisden India and the ABC.
Katia joined GDS in 2012 and became deputy editor in 2013. She’s published in The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Wet Ink, Islet, Mary, The Suburban Review and Inpress, and has performed at festivals and events including The Brisbane Writers Festival, The Wheeler Centre’s Debut Mondays and Avid Reader Salons. Katia was a founding editor of Brisbane-born literary collective Stilts.
Joanna came on board with GDS 2015 as their General Manager. She has been working in the creative community of Australia for the last ten years gaining expertise in diverse areas from larger public spaces to intimate art collectives. During that time she has been in creative positions in areas of arts management, gallery direction and curation. This has included positions such as Board Member for the Gertrude Projection Association, Acting Director at Utopian Slumps Gallery, Project Coordinator at Regional Arts Victoria and General Manager of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
Megan left New Zealand late 2011 and jumped aboard the GDS ship soon after, taking on editorship of the website at the end of 2012. As a freelance journalist she’s covered festivals, politics and the arts for places like Al Jazeera, The Saturday Paper, ArtsHub, Junkee, The Vocal, The Big Issue and The New Zealand Herald. She has also performed creative work at Splinters, Newstead Short Story Tattoo and for The Suburban Review.
Rhys joined GDS in 2013 after editorial stints at PAN and Verandah. He is an English and ESL teacher who focuses on game theory and the lexical approach of language learning, and a writer who has featured in The Victorian Writer and Crikey, and on ABC Radio. Much of his writing is aimed at children and young adults, but his short stories have won the Grace Marion Wilson prize and placed in other events. For the time being, Rhys lives in the country and enjoys shouting, “Hey, cow!” from his car window.
Simon joined in 2013, as a longtime reader and contributor. He worked on the editorial committee of Voiceworks and helped found Cottonmouth, a monthly zine and spoken word event based in Perth. He’s published in The Sleepers Almanac and harvest magazine, and has read at Wordplay and the Perth Writers Festival. He is working on a PhD in American literature at the University of Western Australia.