bio & works published

This entire website and its content has been produced on the traditional lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respect to elders past, present and future.

The serious adult part.


My name is Gemma Mahadeo, I’m a Melbourne-based writer (poet, reviewer) and occasional performer (musician). I identify as a queer female, and a person of colour. Yes, I will go on about this, because it’s important. My pronouns are she/her & they/them.

no, really, where are you really from?

My mother is from the Philippines (Spanish-Filipino heritage), my father is from Guyana (Indian heritage) and he identifies as West Indian/Caribbean. I identify as Anglo-Indian and (Eur-)Asian, having spent my childhood in south-east London (south of the Thames), and the village my mother is from in Cardona, Rizal. I’ve spent most of my life in Melbourne (north of the Yarra, thank you). I’m multilingual. My languages are, in order of fluency: (British) English, French, and Tagalog (main dialect of Filipino). I’m a British citizen, Australian permanent resident.

regular writing gigs

I regularly contribute to Froth, matching two of my loves – beer and good reading, and I also occasionally write reviews for Pencilled In and Peril If you think I can do anything word-related for you in the below related disciplines (my areas of expertise/training/experience), then don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you’re interested in my creative work, then check out links to the following, where available.

(still being updated as of Sun 4 Feb 2018)


antiTHESIS – ‘Hoax‘ – ‘Après Sir Thomas Wyatt’


A Sharp Knife x FOUND ‘Red’

Bonfire Park @ BAR SK (short trip by alexander perrin)

Concrete Queers ‘stationary objects’ (upcoming in ‘Milestones’); ‘Bra’ (upcoming in ‘Horror’); ‘Sentiment‘ in ‘Music; ‘music to interrogate by’ in Smut

Cordite – ‘Stain, guilt’

Famous Reporter – ‘After Daphne Gottlieb’

F*EMS – ‘Homemaking (a found poem for Harry Saddler)’ & ‘Regalia’

Going Down Swinging – ‘Facebook’


Islet (now Island online) – ‘some small certainties’

Peril‘Tangela: an unauthorised biography (a creative response to Tanya Thaweeskulchai’s A Salivating Monstrous Plant ; Bent Bollywood review

Plumwood Mountain  – review of Jen Crawford’s Koel


Quippings: Risky Business (Dec 2017; an early version of ‘Coimetrophilia’)+ Not Normcore (Jan 2018; ‘Stain, guilt’). See also here.

Rabbit Poetry Journal (upcoming) – ‘Coimetrophilia’

Ramona – issue #3 ‘unexpected unicorn love’ (for K)

The Suburban Review – ‘Umami – a ramen haiku opera libretto’

Tenderness – ‘To shame (sonnet)’

Tincture Journal – ‘Plum’

Writ Poetry Review


I’ve performed (others’ works and/or my own) at:

Bonfire Park @ BAR SK

Cherchez La Femme

Choir of the Impossible (Oct 2017)

Cymbeline (2000 (?!) – this one is just for funsies, I was a wee budding musicology major/early music minor + joint major in literature/cultural studies & French! it was lots of fun)

East Coburg Community House 2016-8 – stay tuned!

F*EMS Dec 2017

FOUND 2015

Girls on Key 2015 (with Anne M Carson)

Wham-Bam 2014

Poetry Says (on Ted Hughes, and Fred D’Aguiar’s ‘Calypso History Lesson’)

Shore by Emily Johnson / Catalyst 2017 (vocalist)

Sporting Poets Nov 2017 (with Elizabeth Allen, and Anne M Carson)

Quippings Troupe (Dec 2017 + Jan 2018)

ass’d bits-n’bobs

Readers/writers of colour and their libraries

Creatrix Tiara puts the ‘DD’ in premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and interviewed others about their experiences

Masterpieces of the Mind interview (coming soon!)