In the lead essay UNEARTHED- Last Days of The Anthropocene, James Bradley writes compellingly on the urgent crisis of climate change. 'There is a conversation I do not know how to have, a conversation about what happens if we are headed for disaster. It is not a theoretical question for me. I have two daughters.' Miles Franklin shortlisted author Michael Mohammed Ahmad writes on how his thinking about literature, politics and race was shaped in Reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X as An Arab Australian. In an accidental companion piece, This Vast Conspiracy of Memory, Khalid Warsame reflects on life and writing while making a complete reading of the works of James Baldwin.
Among this edition's other essay authors are Glyn Davis, Karen Wyld, Fatima Measham, Matthew Ricketson and David Carlin.
There's memoir from Maxine Beneba Clarke, Maria Takolander, Corrie Chen, Meg Mundell, and Shannon Burns, and short fiction from the winners of the 2019 Peter Carey Short Story Award Alex Cothren and Paige Clark, plus new stories from Jemma Louise Payne and Lal Perera.
The edition's poets include Jill Jones, John Kinsella, Gavin Yuan Gao, Ella Jeffrey, Lucas Smith and Phillip Neilsen.