{Helena Pantsis} is a {writer}, {columnist}, editor, {artist}, and student from Naarm, Australia. They study creative writing, publishing, and editing at the University of Melbourne.


"Probably one of the greatest writers I've ever known, and also just a very good girl in general."
— My mother, 2021


BOOKS!


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INTERVIEWS


"The Want to Tell a Story": An Interview With Helena Pantsis
Longleaf Review
I have a never-ending stream of narratives in my mind that I have to get out and refine into something worth reading.

Featured Fiction Writer: Helena Pantsis
Lammergeier
Actually a big fan of the pelvis. I like the way the top bones kind of poke through the skin so you can trace your fingers over them. Also just the general shape of it is very reminiscent of an elephant’s head.

Ten Minutes with Helena Pantsis
Sunday Mornings At The River
Writing is really a release valve for me. It’s like I build up with so much pressure, and the writing of things down just eases that, allows me to reflect and make sense of thing in a way that flexes my creative muscles. I’ve always loved to write, as most writers express, and the articulation of feelings and experiences through language is the most natural way I can unburden myself.

A Conversation between Helena Pantsis and Lily Bechtold
Body Without Organs
Separately, it’s as if the words become something else beyond their visual companions; as I read and edit and reread my own work I develop my own sense of the piece’s atmosphere—adding an image to enhance this unspoken ambience allows me an additional layer of control over the reader’s perception of the work. The writing manipulates the visual into something else entirely, whilst the image henceforth intensifies the impact of the written word.



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FEATURED WRITING


I was born without a face
Meanjin
Like The Truman Show, only opposite, / where all the cameras are turned away from me. / A torchlight repelling darkness wherever it / shines; I need some semblance of watchfulness or / a capsule of un-ill, taken and swallowed blue.

Grow-A-Boy
Going Down Swinging
It’s true that you’ve never been good at talking to boys, or people, or even yourself when you’ve needed the encouragement, but no one could ever say you weren’t a talented student. When it comes to standardised tests and IKEA furniture, you’ve always excelled. So what if you can’t find a boyfriend? You can just grow one.

Something Like People
Overland
Something replaced my mother. I knew it when I first saw them standing over the sink, their eyes glassed over like marbles. They looked the same, had the same dye job and thick fish-eye glasses. They sounded like her, even moved like her, my mother, somehow, but off.

Surrogate Mother
Island Online
Her mother drew the washcloth over her, outlining the jagged edge of her spine and caressing the gentle curvature which came to be by the bending of her. Her body grew transparent under the weight of the water, her skin shrinking against the porcelain. The spiders spent more time inside these walls than she had. She hadn't been home in years.

If I Were a Black Widow This Would Be Fine
Voiceworks
I didn't eat in the week after you died. After the cremation I couldn't stand to use the oven. The heat radiated like the incinerator your dad kept in the backyard when you were a kid and all I could smell was the burning of you. You would never let me go a day without a meal, but you weren't here to tell me otherwise. Instead, your parents filled the space of you, leaving two lasagne a day by our house-my house-for weeks after the funeral. I think they forgot that only you ate meat. So I set out for a cross country journey to throw your ashes over Cape York.

Losing Dogs
Above Water 2021
I remember the races, standing by the side of the track and yelling, sputtering, flicking peanut induced sweats from the bones of our wrists. Dad had the money ready and in hand, making bets on the races in between the ones in which his own dogs ran.Sometimes he'd ask me to pick the numbers, and I'd pick five numbers from the air, feeling towards them using instinct or sheer magnetism, and he'd rough my hair and smile.

Friendly Face: Day 3 - Micro-micro Fiction Winner
Going Down Swinging
The cannibals next door never bothered anyone; they mainly ate the flesh of the dead anyway, which was great for the environment and the state of our local cemetery.


OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Fiction

Sick, Above Water 2020

Crisp Edges, X-R-A-Y

Deadwood, Glitchwords

milkbar, Farrago

Lull, Microflix

Inside Your Mind, Not Deer

Stifling, Farrago

I stole your wife in the middle of an IKEA, Complete Sentence

No Harm, No Fowl, Antithesis

Home Coming, Grattan Street Press

Domesticated, The Roadrunner Review

Water Marks, Takahē

Rose Coloured Water, Swim meet lit mag

Brainworm, The Saturday Paper

Handy with a Drink, Rejection Letters

Big Red, Lammergeier

Felicide Friday, Farrago

Capricornus, the Bearded Lady, Pyre Magazine

Counting Stairs, Longleaf Review

Care Instructions for Your Cryogenically Frozen Mother, Sans Press

Night Shift, Flash Flood Journal

Doppel, Books Ireland Magazine

Self-Portrait With Skeleton Arm (1895), long con magazine

Artificial Autonomy, Wyldblood Press


Poetry

Two Poems, Gone Lawn (longlisted for WigLeaf's top 50)

Wiccan woman, RQP & RPP

I do not fear the death of the people [...], Haloscope Mag

thermodynamics, The Victorian Writer

functioning body & king woman, Demure Mag

Square-Eyed, The Victorian Writer

AT THE END THE WORLD REALLY ENDS, Corporeal


Non-Fiction

A Recluse in (Non)Isolation, Blue Marble Review

Unimposing Labels, Unlearn

Feminism: What's in a name?, Unlearn