ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I’m a Masters of Writing, Editing, and Publishing graduate from the University of Queensland, as well as a UQ Alumni Future Leader. My first short story, Heartstring, tells the tale of two gay men understanding one another in 1940s Brisbane. It’s informed by the research of Griffith University’s Yorick Smaal, and was published in Corella Press’s premier Crackle: WEP Anthology of Creative Writing in 2021.

I also have work in PASTEL Magazine and GULP!, QNews, and Frooty Magazine. I’ve written social media content for Queer Radio and 4ZZZ, and worked as an editor for UQ’s Semper Floreat in 2017.

I’ve a background in events management and community services working behind the scenes on Brisbane Queer Film Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival, and the Zine & Indie Comic Symposium. I’ve a knack for connecting people and identifying trends—often finding opportunities to flood joy into otherwise academic spaces.

I like to think of myself as a ‘dedicated consumer of queer media’ before all things. More than any other minority group, LGBTIQ+ folk develop their identities primarily through interactions with media, which often leaves us at the mercy of producers who borrow our stories without consultation and without us in mind as a target audience. In defiance, I proudly take it upon myself to disrupt this process by sharing beautiful, honest, #OwnVoice stories that explore our lived experiences.

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Wolfram-Jaymes Keesing

AUTHOR | PUBLISHER | COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Academic History

Masters of Writing, Editing, and Publishing
University of Queensland, 2021
– Student Partner with Young & Emerging Publishers Network
– Intern with UQ’s Corella Press
– Future Leader 2021 Recipient

Bachelor of Arts
University of Queensland, 2017
– Ext. Major in Writing
– Minors in Drama and Communication
– Editor with Semper Floreat
– President of UQ Poetry Symposium

Diploma of Community Welfare
Northpoint Institute of TAFE, 2006

Employment Interests

Book Seller

I’m well experienced in events management, copyediting, and content writing, but my ultimate goal is to work somewhere I can utilise my interpersonal skills and contribute to a team.

Not listed below are eight years of experience working in liquor retail (BWS), which required extensive product research and a knack for identifying sales trends while maintaining a clean, enticing retail front.

‘Sensitivity’ Reader

As an avid consumer of queer media from the age of fourteen, as well as an engaged member of the LGBTIQ+ community, I offer a unique perspective on how our relationship to media has continued to evolve.

Combine this with my copyediting skills and understanding of genre, didactic potential, and consumer trends, and I can provide a detailed response to texts that explore queerness.

Events Experience

BRISBANE WRITERS FESTIVAL
> Front of House Manager
(Sep 2019 – May 2022)
Coordinating volunteer teams and crowds across several venues, handling complaints and emergencies, and working with core BWF team to deliver a smooth festival.
> General Assistant
(Sep 2014 – Sep 2019)
Performing support roles as Wordplay support team leader and general assistant to core team, as well as assisting fellow volunteers and venue staff in running venues.

BRISBANE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
> Volunteer Coordinator
(Jan 2017 – Mar 2021)
Coordinating a roster of volunteers. Acting point-of-contact during the festival working with New Farm Cinemas, sponsors, and visiting film producers to maintain a tight session schedule. Managing sales via Eventbrite.

THE WENDYBIRD
> Peer Support Worker
(Jul 2019 – Nov 2020)
Primarily referring guests to health and financial support services while helping to facilitate monthly community events.
> Wendybirder
(Jan 2016 – Jul 2019)
Volunteering to help deliver monthly community events as part of a team.

QUEER RADIO BRISBANE (4ZZZ)
> Radio Announcer
(Sep 2016 – Sep 2017)
Managed social media and sourced information during the show. Occasionally operated audio equipment.

ZINE & INDIE COMIC SYMPOSIUM
> Event Manager
(Feb 2014 – Aug 2017)
Delivering a two-day indie publishing festival with The Edge, SLQ. Over five years I managed PR and advertising, crowdfunding campaigns and funding applications, booked workshop facilitators and panellists, and coordinated our creator’s market.

Publishing Experience

FROOTY MAGAZINE
> Content Writer
(Jun 2019 – Present)
Researching Australian LGBTIQ+ events, conducting interviewing, and writing articles for web and print.

CORELLA PRESS
> Author
(October 2021)
My first short story, Heartstring, was published in Corella Press’s premier Cackle: WEP Anthology of Creative Writing.
> Publishing Intern
(Feb 2020 – Oct 2020)
Acquired, edited, and published Dorothy Blewett’s Death of a Nom De Plume, published October 25th, 2020.
> Student Partner
(Jun 2018 – Dec 2018)
Established the Young and Emerging Publishers Network, and assisted in launching Corella Press.

QNEWS MAGAZINE
> Content Writer
(Jun 2018 – Aug 2019)
Researching Australian LGBTIQ+ events, conducting interviewing, and writing articles for web and print.

UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
> Research Assistant
(Nov 2018 – Dec 2018)
Compiling research sources into a database, fact checking notes, and generating a bibliography for Kim Wilkins’s Genre Worlds project.

SEMPER FLOREAT
> Sub Editor
(Dec 2016 – Dec 2017)
Part of the editorial team for Semper Floreat, 2017: UQ Student Unions’s magazine.

Appearances

2022

Jan 12 – Radio Guest – Queer Radio Brisbane

2021

Nov 23 – Panelist – Non Fiction NOW!: Creating Publishing Opportunities for Emerging Writers

Oct 28 – Contributing Author – Crackle: WEP Anthology of Creative Writing Launch at Wepapalooza

2020

Oct 25 – Editor – Corella Press Launch Night: Dorothy Blewett’s Death of a Nom De Plume

[COVID LOCKDOWNS BEGIN]

Mar 01 – Radio Guest – Queering the Air: Queer Zine Culture w/ Frank Candiloro & Emily_N3v3r

Feb 08-09 – Tableholder – Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier

2019

Dec 06 – Podcast Guest – Sexuali-Tea: V for Vendetta (2005)

Nov 22-24 – Volunteer – GenreCon 2019 @ QWC

Oct 26 – Panellist – Real Zine Publishers of Brisbane @ Ruckusfest

Sep 13 – Stage Manager – Wendybird 5th Anniversary Fundraiser Gala

Aug 08 – Facilitator – Micah Projects Zine Workshop @ Lotus Place

Jul 13 – Zine Librarian – International Non-Binary Day @ Clarence’s Corner

Jul 01 – Podcast Guest – YEPCast S01E05

Apr 13 – Panelist – GULP! @ Brisbane Sci-Fi Theatre Festival

Mar 12 – Contributor – GULP! Issue One Launch

Feb 10 – Facilitator – Queer Pals Zine Tour w/ Nick Henderson @ AQuA

Feb 09 – Tableholder – Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier

Feb 07 – Facilitator – Queer Pals (un)Socialites Zine Night w/ Concrete Queers

Jan 30 – Panelist – Queer As Film Club: Mean Girls w/ The Russo Test and Here We Queer

2018

Nov 22 – Facilitator – QSpace Zine Workshop @ Southport Library

Nov 08 – Contributor – PASTEL Issue 4 Launch

Oct 30 – Event Manager – YEP Australia & Corella Press Launch

Oct 18 – Radio Guest – Queer Radio Brisbane

Sep 26 – Facilitator – Queer Literature Night w/ Brisbane Pride @ Avid Reader Bookshop

Sep 22 – Wendybirder – Brisbane Pride Festival

Sep 01 – Wendybirder – Trailblazers Podcast Launch

July 14 – Zine Librarian – International Non-Binary Day @ Betty’s Espresso

Jun 08 – Tableholder – Comic Street AU

May 13 – Zine Librarian – Not Of This Earth Zine Market @ UQ Art Museum

Feb 10-11 – Tableholder – Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier

Feb 10 – Facilitator – Queer Pals Zine Tour w/ Nick Henderson @ AQuA

Feb 09 – Facilitator – Queer Pals Zine Launch w/ Concrete Queers @ Sticky Institute

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