Lia Incognita is a Shanghai-born, Melbourne-based cultural commentator, media maker and poet-provocateur whose work focuses on marginalisation and resistance.
Through verse, prose, performance and broadcast, Lia interrogates the power of unbelonging – as an immigrant in a settler-colonial state, as a gender-fluid body seen through binary vision, as a person who always gives a long answer to a short question.
Lia’s work has appeared on airwaves, stages and pages including Overland, The Guardian, Metro and Melbourne Poetry Map. Ey has performed funeral poems in a seafarers’ church for Going Down Swinging, discussed the racial politics of cosmetic surgery on Radio National’s Life Matters, written about border violence and settler nativism for Anarchist Affinity, and stripped off eir hair in a performance at The Famous Spiegeltent.
From 2012-2015, Lia was a broadcaster with Queering the Air on 3CR Community Radio and co-produced We Weren’t Born Yesterday, a radio series exploring queer heritage in migrant communities in Australia.
In 2013 Lia featured at La Mama Poetica and Keep Left poetry readings, as well as speaking on panels for Colourfest, Beyond Borders, Overland, the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health and LiveWire for Refugees.
Currently Lia is Vice-President of Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine Peril and Creative Non-Fiction editor of Mascara literary review.