Team

Culture & Community Manager

Rastko Antić Follow

Rastko is a communications specialist & writer with degrees in Human Rights & Literature. Published non-fiction include research on social movements, the right to the city, archives in post-conflict zones, & a manifesto against progress; other subjects of interest are refugee & migrant rights, contemporary queer theory, & the environment. Rastko has variously worked as a ghost biographer, private librarian, & green grocer, but today enjoys a career in the NGO sector.

Editor-in-chief

Sam Brennan Follow

Sam Brennan is a researcher, editor and journalist who focuses on humanitarian and economic issues. He has worked as a reporter in Lebanon and Australia for outlets that include The Daily Star, Al-Monitor, Independent Australia, and Middle East Eye, covering environmental degradation, inequality and art. He also has experience working in the NGO sector through his role as Grants Manager at the Lebanese grass-root LGBTQI+, humanitarian and arts organisation, Haven for Artists.

Managing editor

Sarah Jacob Follow

Sarah is a journalist and editor. She has published in a wide variety of print and online publications, both in Australia and abroad. Sarah completed a postgraduate journalism degree with Deakin University and her writing focuses on human rights and environmental issues. In her previous career in conservation science and protected area management, she worked throughout Australia on wildlife, marine and terrestrial management issues, an experience that gave her insight into the intersection of environment and society. She also holds a Masters degree in Marine Science and Management.

Non-fiction editors

Gabrielle Ebeling

Gabrielle is an Arts/Law graduate with a focus on social justice, human rights and visual arts in the public sphere. Majoring in French Studies, she worked largely on the representation of French culture and identity through philosophy, literature and film, giving her a particular interest in the deeper implications of creative expression. She has interned as a research analyst for non-government organisations in New York and Jakarta, concentrating on the prevention of mass atrocity crimes and the impact of free trade agreements on human rights in Indonesia. Gabrielle has also worked widely on the experience of women in the justice system, the role women can play in creating meaningful policy reform, and the use of sexual violence in the commission of atrocity crimes.

Angus Smith Follow

Angus is a journalist, editor and media advisor who contributes regularly to leading Australian and International publications. His work has appeared in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), Crikey, News.com.au, The Guardian, Surfing Life Magazine and much more. In 2018, he travelled to the Beqaa Valley to cover the Syrian conflict with World Vision and VICE

Mikele Prestia

Mikele Prestia is a published author, freelance journalist and lawyer. He has a particular interest in human rights law, incarceration and the rights of asylum seekers. Mikele worked as a pro-bono paralegal to Julian Burnside AO QC, assisting with visa issues and compensation for asylum seekers detained on Manus and Nauru. He has also published a novella in Griffith Review 70 (‘The half-life of Ant Zaniolo’) and an article in The Saturday Paper (‘Disappearing Act’).

Jessie Wang Follow

Jessie is a writer, editor, and educator from Sydney. She has degrees in music and psychology, and has also completed a major in Asian Studies. Jessie is particularly passionate about using music and the arts to promote human rights issues, addressing mental health care inequalities across Australia and the world, and providing an education for those who have too often been forgotten. Her work has spanned across multiple continents and a variety of contexts, including an orphanage in Cambodia, a refugee ‘hotspot’ camp in Greece, and one of only two inclusive education tertiary programs in Australia. Despite all of these experiences, she gets the most joy from sharing stories of people making an impact in the community, particularly for those who have too often been silenced.

Staff writer

Charmaine Manuel Follow

Charmaine is a writer and historian from Melbourne. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours in History) and is interested in the intersection of law, history and philosophy. Her published work has appeared in Idiom, The Cambridge Journal of Education, History Australia and Revue d’histoire des texts. Before joining Right Now, she was an intern at The Conversation and a research assistant at the Monash Centre for Religious Studies.

Arts editor

Kira Hartley
Kira Hartley is currently undergoing a Masters of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and an honours degree in Art History. Kira is particularly interested in creating dialogue through the visual and performing arts, as well as the various histories of art practices around the world.

Creative editor

Sara Navissi

Sara is an editor and writer with an interest in fiction and poetry that elevates diverse experiences. She holds a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing & Editing from the University of Melbourne, where her research interests centred around literary trauma theory. In particular, the traumatogenic effects of oppression and the ways in which literary representations of trauma can disrupt and embellish narrative. In her spare time, she volunteers at 100 Story Building and is a fiction reader for Overland.

Founding editor

Henrietta Zeffert
Right Now Inc (2005), Right Now Radio (2008).