Publishing Director and Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Starford is an editor at Text Publishing. She is a former deputy editor at Australian Book Review and former associate publisher at Affirm Press. She was a founding member of the Stella Prize steering committee. Her writing has appeared in the Guardian, the Age, and Weekend Australian. Her debut memoir will be published by Allen & Unwin in early 2015.
Publishing Director Hannah Kent is completing a PhD in Creative Writing at Flinders University. Her debut novel, Burial Rites (Picador; Little, Brown, 2013), won the 2011 Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award, and was shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian First Book Award and the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. It was named Book of the Year by iTunes Australia. Translation rights have been sold to nineteen countries.
Editor Brigid Mullane is a bookseller. She has worked with the Melbourne Writers Festival, Emerging Writers’ Festival and the National Young Writers Festival. She is a recent graduate of Masters of Publishing and Communications at Melbourne University.
Online Editor Veronica Sullivan is a writer, editor and bookseller, and 2014 Stella Count coordinator with the Stella Prize. She was Creative Producer with the 2014 Emerging Writers’ Festival and a Digital Reporter for the 2013 Melbourne Writers Festival. She also edits for Farrago magazine and antiTHESIS journal, and has written for Lip and Kanyezine. She tweets @veronicaahhh.
Deputy Editor Hop Dac has worked variously in independent publishing, theatre and visual arts. Besides his work with KYD, he also edits for Adelaide outfit Paroxysm Press and writes occasionally for Peril magazine.
Sales and Marketing Manager Claire Hielscher is an art writer and public relations consultant. She has represented numerous businesses as a copywriter, public relations professional and marketing consultant. Her work has been featured in many literary and art journals internationally and within Australia including Australian Art Collector and UN Magazine.
Interviews Editor Bethanie Blanchard is a freelance writer and critic based in Melbourne. She is a books writer for The Guardian Australia, the literary critic for Crikey with Liticism and a regular reviewer for The Australian. Her writing has also appeared in The Monthly, The Age, The Drum, The Big Issue, Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings and The Lifted Brow.
Editorial Assistant Meaghan Dew is a sales coordinator at Penguin Group Australia and a part-time bookseller at Dymocks. She also produces the Kill Your Darlings Podcast. Previously, Meaghan co-produced and hosted The Sunday Blurb for SYN.
Online Editorial Assistant Joshua Allen is an editor, writer and arts worker. He is the Queer Writing Unconference Program Coordinator at the Emerging Writers' Festival and supports them with event programming and also works as a paid communications intern with RMIT Link Arts and Culture. He tweets @joshuawords.
Cover artist Guy Shield is a Melbourne-based illustrator and designer. Guy has drawn for publications from all over the globe, including WIRED, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health and Granta.