Dr Sarah Kanake

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Dr Sarah Kanake


Teaching areas

  • Creative Writing
  • Professional Practice (Creative Writing)

Research areas

  • Australian gothic writing
  • representations of disability and Down syndrome in narrative fiction
  • colonial and post-colonial literature
  • representations of the Vietnam veteran in narrative fiction
  • the contemporary short story (interconnected short story)
  • maritime literature and representations of the whale
  • voice and voicelessness
  • feminism, femininity and femaleness in narrative fiction


Dr Sarah Kanake joined the Faculty of Arts, Business and Law at the University of the Sunshine Coast in February 2016. Sarah is a lecturer in Creative Writing in the School of Communication and Creative Industries.

Sarah has been a creative writing teacher in universities for over six years, and in 2015 she was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at QUT. Her debut novel Sing Fox to Me was released in early 2016 to outstanding reviews and her second novel, Lazarus has already been accepted for publication. Sarah has won several awards including the QUT Postgraduate Writer's Prize (winner, 2013), the QUT mentorship (winner, 2014), The Australian/Vogel's Award (longlisted in 2013) and the Overland Short Story Prize (shortlisted, 2013). Her research interests include representations of Down syndrome and disability in narrative fiction, Australian gothic writing, and the Vietnam veteran in fiction. Sarah has been published in The Southerly, The Conversation, The Lifted Brow, Stilts, Mamamia, Kill Your Darlings and Award Winning Australian Fiction, and is a regular contributor to UpLit (the Brisbane Writer's Festival).

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  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching at QUT, 2015

  • QUT mentorship award, 2014

  • The Australian/Vogel's Award (longlisted), 2013

  • QUT postgraduate writing prize (winner), 2013

  • The Overland Short Story Prize, 2013


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