The Penny Mint is a community for passionate young writers, amplifying new voices and providing a platform to publish, perform and perfect their words. Together, we’re building a space for experimental poetry, spoken word, essays, serialised fiction and everything in between.
Penny is the brainchild of writer, performer and feminist Mia Boonen, who longed for a space amongst the growing Melbourne creative scene for young writers to thrive. Together with co-founders Jake Stevens and Ella Crowley, Penny was brought to life in December 2018; in our first four months, we’ve published over 20 pieces – including contributions filed from remote towns in Vietnam – and have plenty more on the way!
Looking to contribute? Check out our submissions page for more information.
The Penny Mint acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the lands on which our work is produced and distributed; the Boonwurrung, Waddawurrung and Woiwurrung people of the Kulin nation. The Penny Mint also acknowledges and pays respect to the Elders of the lands on which our work reaches. It always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.
The Penny Mint Founding Team
Mia Boonen – Founder
In an all-too-familiar protest to the patriarchy, Mia Anne Boonen has taken on the names of her grandmothers and engages the power of the matriarch in her work – writing poetry and opinion pieces generated from her experiences as a woman in today’s climate. Some might say she’s got a lot to talk about. Mia is a theatre maker in VCA Company 21 and teaches at Dramawerkz Youth Theatre, where she took a troupe of young performers to Stratford Shakespeare on the River Festival in early 2019. Alongside a book by Lisa Collins, she also created the music for ‘Such Sweet Sorrow’ and ‘Booktown’: two literary-themed productions. Mia’s writing can also be found at InkCloud, in editions of the Around Altona and in Facebook rants. Amongst the thrill of founding a collective for Melbourne’s young voices, she is eternally grateful for the support and guidance of her co-founders, whose words inspire her every day.
Jake Stevens – co-founder
Jake Stevens is a writer, broadcaster and voiceover artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Among other themes, his written work is concerned with politics, mental health, equity and urbanism, across both essay and poetic form. In 2016, Jake was awarded with a high commendation in the Australian Race Discrimination Commissioner’s Student Prize for an essay detailing the rise of populism and political racism in Australia. Currently studying a Bachelor of Media & Communication, he has presented and produced a variety of radio shows with youth broadcaster SYN Media, and is a freelance voiceover artist with his voice heard on radio stations across Australia. His vision for The Penny Mint is to develop a progressive outlet for young artists, and foster collaboration within the Melbourne creative scene.
Ella Crowley – co-founder
Ella Crowley is a 17-year-old sleepy girl who occasionally puts words together to form sentences. Ella is what is best described as a ‘theatre nerd’, having collaboratively written two cabarets, participated in many stage productions and just came off directing her first play. Ella spends her time starting projects that remain unfinished and trying to understand politics, so she can debate it. One of Ella’s primary interests is people, the things connect and draw us to one another. This will be Ella’s first time publishing her written work and is majorly grateful for the gifted Mia and Jake! She hopes that this becomes a space where other young writers can come and shout their thoughts and words into the void called the internet.