Meanjin was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen in 1940. The name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits. The magazine moved to Melbourne in 1945 at the invitation of the University of Melbourne and became an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing at the beginning of 2008.

During his 34-year editorship, Christesen ensured that Meanjin reflected the breadth of contemporary thinking, be it on literature, other art forms, or the broader issues of the times. It’s authors were a who’s who of local and international writers, including Patrick White, David Malouf, Frank Moorhouse, Alexis Wright, Arthur Miller, Anaïs Nin, Ezra Pound, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Dylan Thomas.

Meanjin continues to be a lively journal of literature and ideas. It publishes exclusively Australian authors of fiction, poetry, essays, memoir and literary journalism and appears in print each quarter. It is also available online.

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