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About Zoya

Feminartsy was first dreamed into existence by Zoya Patel in 2014, as a positive online space to share thoughtful writing on gender equality. 

After publishing hundreds of writers over four years, the journal took a break over 2018 and into 2019 to reflect and dream up our next steps. 

Now, we're back bigger and better than ever, with new ways for women and gender diverse people to connect to a community of likeminded feminist badasses. 

Feminartsy connects you to likeminded people through our social media and events, profiles inspiring women/gender diverse leaders in all fields, and also provides learning and skills-building opportunities through our online courses.

Where does the name Feminartsy come from? In 2013, Zoya was trolled by some men’s rights activists who accused her of being a ‘feminartsy’, someone they described as ‘…a hip-hop-happening modern gal who eats out a lot. She’s in the seventh year of a three-year Creative Writing degree and really hoping to finish any year now. Her career goals include enjoying totally unreal hobbies and maybe getting a job one day doing something arty – and fun’.

Rather than being offended, Zoya thought this girl sounded kind of cool, and decided to reappropriate the name for a space that celebrates the quirky, arty feminist types rather than denigrating them.

Zoya Patel is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of No Country Woman, a memoir of race, religion and feminism published by Hachette Australia.

Zoya is the former Editor-in-Chief of Lip Magazine, and founded Feminartsy in 2014. She has worked with national literary organisations including The Wheeler Centre, Express Media, the ACT Writers Centre, the NSW Writers Centre, You Are Here Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and more.

Zoya has spoken at events across the country, and written for publications including The Guardian, Australian Financial Review, The Canberra Times, ABC Life, SBS Voices, Meanjin, Overland and many more.

She was named ACT Young Woman of the Year in 2015, was the recipient of the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Young Writers Fellowship, and was Highly Commended in the Scribe Publishing Non-Fiction Prize in 2015. You can find out more about Zoya on her website.