Dženana Vucic is a Bosnian-Australian writer, poet, critic and editor. She has been awarded a 2022 Marten Bequest, the 2022 Peter Blazey Fellowship, the 2021 Kat Muscat Fellowship, and a 2020-21 Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship to work on her autotheoretical novel about identity, memory, myth- and history-making, the Bosnian war and coming to Australia as a refugee.
Dženana came to Australia as a refugee from the 1992-95 Bosnian War. Much of her work focuses on identity, un/belonging and language. She is especially interested in exploring parallels and resonances between various forms of Islamophobia and racism, nationalisms around the world, and mythologies of selfhood (whether individual, group or national). Dženana also writes on queerness, capitalism, technology and kinship.
Her work has been shortlisted for the 2020 Woollahra Digital Literary Award, the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing and the 2019 Deakin Nonfiction Prize.
Her essays, poetry and short stories have been published in the Sydney Review of Books, Australian Book Review, Overland, Cordite, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, SAND, Stilts, Going Down Swinging, Australian Poetry Journal, the Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Rabbit and others. She is currently a fiction editor at SAND and one of the 2023 Kill Your Darlings New Critics.
Dženana has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. She is currently based in Berlin but can also be found in Konjic (Bosnia) or Naarm/Melbourne on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri people and the Kulin nation.