Amaryllis Gacioppo is an Australian writer and translator who grew up on Bundjalung country and now lives in Palermo. 

Her debut book Motherlands was published by Bloomsbury UK in 2022. She is currently working on an autofictional historical novel set in Sicily with funding from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Her short fiction and essays have appeared in Granta, Catapult, Meanjin and elsewhere. In 2015, her story “Dreams” won the Lord Mayor of Melbourne Award for Short Story. Her writing has been shortlisted for a number of prizes, including the Scribe Nonfiction Prize, the Overland Story Wine Prize and the Bristol Short Story Prize.

She has a PhD from Monash University and the University of Bologna. Her doctoral thesis explored flâneuserie in the work of Valeria Luiselli, Vivian Gornick and Igiaba Scego. She has taught in the literary studies department at Monash University and run writing workshops for the Emerging Writers' Festival in Melbourne. She has spoken at writers’ festivals and conferences across Australia, Europe and the United States. 

Her writing is represented by Seren Adams at United Agents.

Author photograph by Francesco Bellina, 2022


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