André Dao is a writer of fiction and non-fiction. He is the co-founder of Behind the Wire, an oral history project documenting people’s experience of immigration detention, and the deputy editor of the New Philosopher. He is also a producer of the Walkley-award winning podcast, The Messenger.
André Dao’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Monthly, SBS True Stories, Meanjin, Griffith REVIEW, Asia Literary Review, Al Jazeera English, The Saturday Paper and The Lifted Brow, and anthologies published by Oxford University Press and Penguin Australia.
In 2014 he was an AsiaLink Arts Resident, taking up a three month residency with Thế Giới Publishers in Hanoi. Also in 2014, he travelled to Indonesia as part of the Island to Island project.
André was the Editor-in-Chief of Right Now, a human rights media organisation, from 2009 to 2014. He co-edited a collection of Right Now’s best writing, Poetic Justice, which was a finalist for the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Literature Award in 2014. In recognition of his work with Right Now, he was a finalist for the Commission’s Young People’s Medal in 2011.
He was the editor of The Emerging Writer for the 2013 Emerging Writer’s Festival, and is now on the EWF Programming Advisory Committee. He has sat on both the Literature and Community Arts funding panels for Creative Victoria.