A Canadian transplanted on Australian soil, Jo McClelland Phillips received a bursary as an Alumni Award winner to attend the Iceland Writers Retreat in Reykjavik. She has received invited residency from Varuna, the National Writers House (Blue Mountains, NSW), in 2021. Jo’s short story, The Ring, is featured in Venus Rising: Musings & Lore from Women Writers from Our Galaxy Publishing in March 2022. The Glass Slipper, her Cinderella comedy/fantasy story, won at the 2011 Eden Mills Writers’ Fringe Festival (Ontario, Canada). Jo’s nonfiction has been published in Time, Mashable, and her autobiographical essay, How To Cope With The Effects Of Past Sexual Abuse During Pregnancy, discussing childbirth after sexual assault was published in Scary Mommy.
I'm proud to be one of the women writers who contributed to Venus Rising from Our Galaxy Publishing.
100% of the proceeds from this collection will be donated to FemTruth Youth's non-profit efforts to bring their 3-act play, Gaslit, to communities to raise awareness in the reimagining of school curriculum and culture inclusivity of menstrual pain.