Purple Bruise

A Short Story


  • Luisa Mitchell


A new short story by Luisa Mitchell, the 2023 ASAL/Copyright Agency Writer Fellow.


Author Biography

Luisa Mitchell

Luisa Mitchell is a Broome-born author with Whadjuk Ballardong Nyungar and European heritage, living and working as an arts producer in Boorloo (Perth). She has short stories published in both print and online, including Fremantle Press anthology Kimberley Stories (2012), international journal Portside Review, local West Australian youth magazines Grok and Pulch, and Curtin University’s alumni publication, Curtin Commons. Her writing portfolio includes fiction short stories, non-fiction essays, poetry, and screenplays that explore themes of love, magic, family trauma, colonisation, politics, and the funny side of dark situations. In 2020, she was selected as an Inner-City Writer-in-Residence at Centre for Stories, where she developed a feature screenplay excerpt that was later published in the anthology Under the Paving Stones, The Beach (2022). In 2022, she graduated from the Australian Writer’s Guild’s First Break WA screenwriting program. Luisa also performs spoken word poetry and has shared her work at WA Poets and Cockburn Wetland Centre’s events in Boorloo. She is passionate about uplifting and empowering other First Nations artists and runs a First Nations Write Night for mob at Centre for Stories, alongside Ballardong editor Casey Mulder. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks, beach swims in summer, and dancing all-year round.

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