Meanjin is Australia's second oldest literary journal and was founded in Brisbane by Clem Christesen in 1940 (the name, pronounced Mee-an-jin, is derived from an Aboriginal word for the finger of land on which central Brisbane sits). It 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 editorial reign, Christesen ensured that Meanjin reflected the breadth of contemporary thinking, be it on literature, other art forms, or the broader issues of the times. The journal has attracted contributions and debate from the leading figures in Australian letters, as well as providing an Australian audience for leading international writers including Arthur Miller, Anaïs Nin, Ezra Pound, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and Dylan Thomas. This breadth has characterised Meanjin for more than 70 years under its seven nine subsequent editors : Jim Davidson, Judith Brett, Jenny Lee, Christina Thompson, Stephanie Holt, Ian Britain, Sophie Cunningham, Sally Heath and now Zora Sanders.
Meanjin has also published some of the earliest serious discussion of subjects that have since attracted sustained attention, including migration, television, suburbia, popular music, the Anzac tradition, Australia's 'cultural cringe', museums, drugs, food and travel. While the main focus is on Australia, Meanjin also gives wide coverage to issues of global concern. It is committed to publishing the best of new writing by both emerging and established authors.
Find out more at the Meanjin website.