Michael Earp is a writer and bookseller from Melbourne, Australia, the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories.
Michael Earp is the editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories. They have a teaching degree and a Masters in children’s literature and has worked between bookselling and publishing for twenty years as a children’s literature specialist, being named ABA Bookseller of the year in 2021. Their writing has also appeared in The Victorian Writer and Aurealis.
Michael Earp is a non-binary writer and bookseller living in Naarm (Melbourne, Australia). They are the contributing editor of Kindred: 12 Queer #LoveOzYA Stories (2019) and contributor to Underdog: #LoveOzYA Short Stories (2019). The next YA Anthology they are editing contains queered fairy tales and is scheduled for 2023 with Affirm Press. Their writing has also appeared in The Age, The Victorian Writer and Aurealis. For twenty years they have worked between bookselling and publishing as a children’s and young adult specialist, currently managing The Little Bookroom, the oldest children’s bookstore in the world. In 2021, they were awarded the Australian Booksellers Association, Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year. A passionate advocate for LGBTQIA+ literature for young people, they established the #AusQueerYA Tumblr to catalogue all Australian young adult fiction containing queer content and characters. Representation of all people in the literature available to readers of all ages is the ethos that motivates their entire career. They have a Masters in Children’s Literature and a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching and previously served as committee chair for the #LoveOzYA campaign.
I’m a children’s and young adult writer and bookseller living and working in Naarm on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nations. I recognise that Aboriginal sovereignty has never been ceded and pay respect to Elders past, present & emerging. Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.
I’m repped by Linda Epstein at Emerald City Literary Agency.
After growing up on NSW’s Central Coast, I moved to Sydney when I was eighteen and landed a job at a large city bookstore, just as it was opening. This is where my book addiction began. Eventually, I found my way to another large city bookstore and became the Children’s Specialist.
Then, after seven years of bookselling, I changed the way I sold them. In 2009 I began working as a sales and marketing representative for Walker Books Australia, one of the leading children’s publishers. In that role, I was invited to move to Melbourne for work. Having never lived outside of Sydney(ish) areas, it was a golden opportunity. My day job was essentially talking about children’s books all day long. It’s not a bad gig, let me tell you.
In 2016 I jumped the counter again, and for a while, I was the manager of the delightful children’s bookshop, The Younger Sun, in Yarraville. Now I work at The Little Bookroom, the oldest dedicated Children’s Bookshop in the world. It’s a glorious place to work. I am manager, buyer, and education consultant there and I feel like I’m home. I’m thrilled to be working with books all day long, recommending and selling books to you, the charming public. I also help serve teachers and librarians in my role there. If you’d like me to help with any of your book needs, I’m more than happy to track down something for you. Get in touch with me there.
I’ve studied some stuff too! My undergraduate degree was through the Institute of Early Childhood at Macquarie University in Early Childhood Teaching. I didn’t end up teaching at all. But the main objective was to learn about children so I could write about and for them. During my undergraduate degree, I completed an Honours Thesis, submitting a picture book as a creative work and an exegesis investigating the process through which it was constructed.
I completed my Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at Macquarie University in 2014. My thesis was a creative work again, this time a Young Adult novel and the exegesis that went with it. It’s a novel which explores a teenager’s understanding of religion in relation to his own homosexuality. This process gave me many wonderful insights into literature for young people.
I also created #AusQueerYA to catalogue all the YA titles by Australian authors with LGBTQIA+ content.
I’ve been invited to speak at many different festivals and conferences over the years, and I am available to be booked for speaking on anything surrounding children’s and YA literature from the process of writing, publishing and bookselling, to queer literature and everything in between. Just contact me
Here are a few interviews I’ve done: