The Current black&write! Team

The black&write! project was established in 2011 to train First Nations editors to work in the Australian publishing industry, and to support First Nations authors in their career development.

Over the years, winners of the black&write! Fellowships have published books through the program which have been recognised with literary awards, prizes and accolades. 

We are proud to help these storytellers be heard far and wide.  


Contact us at or (07) 3842 9985 or our Facebook page.

Grace Lucas-Pennington 
Senior Editor, black&write!

Grace is a Bundjalung/European person living on Yuggera land. She grew up mostly between Bundjalung country on the NSW north coast and the greater Logan/Brisbane area. Grace works as an editor, mentor, publishing consultant and is a Board member of Byron Bay Writers Festival. She was awarded the 2020 Nakata Brophy prize for poetry. 

Grace was the recipient of a black&write! Editing Internship in 2015 and was appointed as Senior Editor in 2017.

Nadia Johansen
Editor Intern, black&write!

Nadia is a Gungarri woman from south-west Queensland, living and working in Brisbane. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing at QUT and has a background working in Indigenous community organisations. She was runner-up in the inaugural SBS Emerging Writers competition. Nadia edits and writes because she believes Indigenous storytelling gives power, richness and truth-telling to Australian literature.

Bianca Valentino
Editor Intern, black&write!

Bianca is a Blak editor, award-winning writer, artist and musician living on Yugambeh Country. She is the first Indigenous publisher/editor of a music publication - Gimmie zine - in Australia. Her work has appeared in Rookie, Rolling Stone, No Cure and more. She is passionate about First Nations stories, supporting storytellers and community.