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The Lifted Brow is a quarterly print journal from Australia and the world. A high quality colour magazine, it has earned a reputation as the place where the best writing and writers from both Australia and overseas are featured. The Lifted Brow publishes commentary, essays, fiction, criticism, interviews, comics, poetry, visual art, and more. Since its inception in 2007, The Lifted Brow has featured in its pages the work of a wide variety of writers, including Christos Tsiolkas, Helen Garner, David Foster Wallace, Neil Gaiman, Rick Moody, Margeret Atwood, Karen Russell, Tom Cho, Douglas Coupland, Heidi Julavits, Tom Bissell, Tao Lin, Rebecca Giggs, Margo Lanagan, Jim Shepard, Frank Moorhouse, Anna Krien, Romy Ash, Matthew de Abaitua, Diane Williams, Sam Lipsyte, Sheila Heti, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jim Shepard, Chris Somerville, Elizabeth Gaffney, Andrés Neuman, Angie Hart, Blake Butler and Benjamin Kunkel.
With cover art by celebrated Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Power Paola, Issue 43 of The Lifted Brow includes: the winning piece from our 2019 Prize for Experimental Non-Fiction; the winning piece from the inaugural Liminal Fiction Prize; Alison Whittaker and Nayuka Gorrie talk literary prizes and the responsibility of being black writers; Jordy Rosenberg in conversation with Stella Maynard and Eilish Fitzpatrick about Confessions of the Fox, the history of trans surveillance, and the pleasure of being read to; Ana Maria Gomides considers race, queerness, and personal histories through the careful lens of seeing and being seen; Paula Abul on queer desire, race, and the joy of drag king performance; Maddee Clark discusses architecture and urban spaces in the context of First Nations sovereignty; memoir by Sydnye Allen about Albury–Wodonga, casual racism and our concepts of borders; brand new realist fiction from Sam Pink that follows the mundane duties and acerbic conversations of a caterer at a wedding, revealing the unexpected beauty in our most trivial and consequential moments; vinegary short fiction by Victoria Manifold that delights in its insalubrity; arresting fiction from Aude, translated by Cristy Stiles, on the pursuit of silence; new poetry from Saaro Umar, Eunice Andrada and Elyas Alavi; columns: Antonia Pont’s ‘Thinking Feeling’ column, Michael Dulaney’s ‘Environment’ column, Aimee Knight's 'Pop Culture' column, and Benjamin Law and his mum Jenny’s ‘Law School’ sex+relationships advice column; a special ‘By Numbers’ feature using numerical data to investigate pet ownership in Australia; and new comics and visual art by Miles Howard-Wilks, Margot Ferrick, Han Teng, Antoine Orand, Matty Kaye, Thu Tran, Rebecca Scibilia, Arts Project Australia, Haein Kim, Nadia Ingrid, Casey Jarman, Ilana Bodenstein, Meg O'Shea, April Phillips, Lizzie Nagy, and Shae San Sim.