Maria Tumarkin is a writer and cultural historian. Her latest book Axiomatic has won and been shortlisted for many prizes, and is now published in the United States and United Kingdom. She is also the author of three other acclaimed books of ideas: Traumascapes, Courage and Otherland. Tumarkin’s essays have appeared in The Best Australian Essays (2011, 2012 & 2015), Griffith Review, Meanjin, The Monthly, Sydney Review of Books, The Age, The Australian, and Inside Story. She 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 she teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.