Mia Boonen
Mia Boonen is a writer, theatre maker, educator and performer currently studying at the Victorian College of the Arts.
C.H.R.Y.S.A.L.I.S
Poetry
All covered up in a brown nest I learned to call a “chrysalis” / And I could spell it too: C.H.R.Y.S.A.L.I.S. / And she told me that patience had power, That the caterpillar in the chrysalis would turn to goo and then into a butterfly. And all I had to do was wait.
2 min read
The Penny Mint Podcast: Change
Podcast
Mia, Ella and Jake are joined this month by Melissa Longo, a freelance writer and publisher of InkCloud, a blog championing positivity and creativity in the western suburbs of Melbourne
1 min read
Moving Into Home: Recipes for Moving Out
Recipes
Moving out for the first time, it is easy to forget how much the notion of home and community revolves around food. Nor do you stop running long enough to pause and reflect on how quickly your diet has degraded to two minute noodles.
2 min read
The Penny Mint Podcast: Going Live
Podcast
Ella, Mia and Jake discuss the pros and cons of going live in isolation, highlight their TV guilty pleasures, and share some pieces first performed at Stay In, Speak Out, The Penny Mint's fortnightly Instagram live stream.
On Unions and the Working Class.
Articles
In my father’s household, Peter Lalor was the name of a saint. From it all, I’d learnt a valuable lesson: if the higher-ups won’t listen, make them.
3 min read
I Am A Lion. On 'Melb Guys Pal'
Articles
Content warning: This piece discusses violence against women and r*pe.
3 min read
The Penny Mint Podcast: Purpose
Podcast
Jake, Mia and Ella come to you from their bedrooms with a big announcement, but first: as we continue to self-isolate, how are we structuring our days? How do we find purpose?
A Body in a Borrowed Shirt
Poetry
I’m wearing a borrowed shirt / and I’ve stained it with a dish I call / “curry adjacent”
1 min read
Homebody
Video
"Solace" sounds better than "solitude", I think, and "rhythm" sounds better than "rut".
1 min read
The Penny Mint Podcast: Isolation
Podcast
Mia, Ella and Jake are working from home this month, so this episode of The Penny Mint Podcast sounds a little bit different to what you're used to by now.
1 min read
International Women's Day: Letters to Feminism
Poetry
Happy International Women's Day! Mia Boonen & Ella Crowley have both written letters to feminism - expressing their love for womanhood and their problems with the patriarchy
Melbourne Music. A Year Later.
Memoir
About a year ago, I wrote an article on here announcing a boycott of all line-ups without gender diversity. There have been a lot of consequences, and I thought I’d take the time to share some of them with you
2 min read
The Penny Mint Podcast: Identity
Podcast
Jake, Mia and Ella have found themselves in a new kitchen, as this month they explore the identity of a writer. Or a maker. An artist? A creative?
A Long Time
Poetry
You’re sitting atop buildings and looking out at sunsets and drinking beer and smoking. I’m on my front porch while it rains.
1 min read

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