Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. She holds a BA (Hons) and a PhD in cultural history from the University of Melbourne. She is the author of three acclaimed books of ideas: 'Traumascapes', 'Courage' and 'Otherland'. All three books were shortlisted for literary prizes; 'Otherland', most recently, was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award, NSW Premier’s Award and The Age Book of the Year. Maria’s essays have appeared in 'The Best Australian Essays' (2011, 2012 & 2015), 'Griffith Review', 'Meanjin', 'The Monthly', 'Kill Your Darlings', 'Sydney Review of Books', 'The Age', 'The Australian' and 'Inside Story'. In 2015 her essay ‘No Skin’ was shortlisted for the Melbourne Prize of Literature. Maria is involved in wide-ranging artistic collaborations with visual artists, theatre makers and audio designers. She was a 2013–14 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow in humanities and is a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival’s programming committee.