About

Djed Press is created on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. This land has always been, and always will be, Aboriginal land; sovereignty has never been ceded.


What we are

Djed Press is a start-up online publication that exclusively works with and publishes people of colour (POC).

Djed’s main purpose is to address the insufficient representation of marginalised peoples within the Australian literary landscape today. We are committed to increasing diversity and visibility especially in a time where racial tensions around migrants, people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, Muslims and Indigenous Australian peoples are high, both here on home soil and overseas.

We seek out, develop and present new works by people of colour, with a special interest in those with intersecting identities. By having greater representation within Australian publishing, an industry that drives social standards, we will be able to better shape and drive the literary landscape.


Our team

Editorial director 
Hella Ibrahim

Admin support
Dalilah Thalib

 

Freelance editors (2017 content)
Poetry
Vidya Rajan

Commentary and Prose
Nadia Niaz
Lana Nguyen
Jordy Buchholz
Ava Amedi

Fiction
Gem Mahadeo
Marisa Wikramanayake
Sangeetha Thanapal

Stories We Grew Up With
Sangeetha Thanapal


Who are people of colour (POC)?

Please note that for the purposes of this project and with the understanding that this definition is subject to improvement, people of colour means:

People who experience ongoing discrimination, oppression and systemic racism today because of their race, culture, and/or religion. In the slightly paraphrased words of Loretta Ross, it’s a political designation, not a biological destiny.

If you have a more accurate, more clear or more encompassing definition, please contact us.


What’s a djed?

The djed pillar (Arabic: جد or عمود جد) comes from Ancient Egypt. It’s the symbolic backbone of Osiris, God of transition, resurrection and regeneration (more commonly, of the dead and the afterlife) and represents stability. The djed pillar is often depicted with the Ankh, the Was scepter and the Tjet. It was an important part of a ceremony called ‘raising the djed’, representing Osiris’s triumph over his brother Set.