Dr Anita Heiss

Professor of Communications

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit

Affiliate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 56712



  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Western Sydney


  • Growing up Aboriginal in Australia. Edited by Anita Heiss Collingwood, VIC, Australia: Black Inc, 2018.

  • Heiss, Anita Barbed wire and cherry blossoms. Cammeray, NSW, Australia: Simon & Schuster, 2017.

  • Heiss, Anita (2015) Tiddas. Cammeray, NSW, Australia, Simon & Schuster.

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Book Chapter

  • Heiss, Anita (2015). Not All Writers Began as Readers. In Debra Adelaide (Ed.), The Simple Act of Reading (pp. 99-109) North Sydney, NSW Australia: Random House.

  • Heiss, Anita (2013). Am I Black Enough for You? (excerpt). In Anton Blank and Kerry Reed-Gilbert (Ed.), Ora Nui: A collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature (pp. 61-67) Auckland, New Zealand: Anton\Blank#Limited.

  • Heiss, Anita (2008). Aboriginal Children's Literature: More than pretty pictures. In Bernadette Brennan (Ed.), Just Words? Australian authors writing for justice (pp. 102-117) St Lucia, QLD Australia: UQP.

  • Heiss, Anita (2007). Indigenous book publishing. In David Carter and Anne Galligan (Ed.), Making Books: Contemporary Australian Publishing (pp. 255-265) St Lucia, QLD Australia: UQP.

  • Heiss, Anita (2005). O is for o-literature. In Dale Spender and Phillip Adams (Ed.), The Ideas Book (pp. 170-178) Brisbane, QLD Australia: UQP.

  • Heiss, Anita (2001). Aboriginal Identity and Its Effects on Writing. In Armand Garnet Ruffi (Ed.), (Ad)ressing Our Words: Aboriginal Perspectives on Aboriginal Literatures (pp. 205-232) Penticton, BC Canada: Theytus Books.

Journal Article

  • Heiss, Anita (2015) Tiddas. Cammeray, NSW, Australia, Simon & Schuster.

  • Heiss, Anita (2015) Deadly sins. South Melbourne, Australia, Affirm Press.

  • Heiss, Anita (2011) Media Release: Statement on Eatock vs HWT. Southerly, 71 2: 25-26.

  • Heiss, Anita (2007) On Being Invisible. Griffith Review, 15 Autumn: 256-264.

  • Heiss, Anita (2006) Black poetics. Meanjin, 65 1: 180-191.