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. Sovereignty was never ceded. This is stolen land.

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, previously matching two of my loves – beer and good reading, but now only doing a monthly review on a Victorian beer, and 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 20 May 2018)


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


A Sharp Knife x FOUND ‘Red’

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

Concrete Queers

  • ‘reading Fred d’Aguiar’s ‘Underwater’ I (upcoming in ‘Home’)
  • ‘stationary objects‘ in ‘Milestones’
  • ‘Bra’ 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; review of Mirror Sydney by Vanessa Berry (upcoming)


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

Rabbit Poetry (upcoming) – ‘Coimetrophilia’ (LGBTIQA+ issue); come hear me and other poets read works from this issue for the MSWPF!

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

The Suburban Review – ‘Umami – a ramen haiku opera libretto’ in Vol. 7 Writers of Colour

Tenderness – ‘On lines (sonnet)’

Tincture Journal – ‘Plum’

Writ Poetry Review – ‘A guilt of internet shopping’ – a broken villanelle

Writers’ Victoria ‘Women Writers of Colour’ commission on the theme ‘Collaboration’ (three poems on independent videogames exhibited at Bar SK, Collingwood – see screenshots of the poems here.

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

Bonfire Park @ BAR SK (2017)

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 (as writer-in-residence and occasional workshop host)

F*EMS (Dec 2017)

Freeplay 2018

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)

Trilogy by Nic Green (2016) – you can read more here (please note that it does discuss disordered eating)

FOUND 2015

Girls on Key (2015) (with Anne M Carson & Bigoa Chuol) – I have a soft spot for this, as it was the first feature I ever did as a poet!

Wham-Bam 2014

ass’d bits-n’bobs

Readers/writers of colour and their libraries

my second long-term cat is kind of a big deal

do you like writing to music?

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

Masterpieces of the Mind interview (coming soon!)