Elysia Lay is an Australian-born Chinese who resides in Brisbane. She is a senior at North Lakes State College. She was the 2017 winner of the SlammED! Program and her work will be published in the Pressure Gauge Journal. Elysia has been writing poetry for several years but only began to publicise her work last year. Her work is primarily autobiographical, focussing on female empowerment, past relationships and her ethnic identity. Although she plans to study other courses at QUT, she plans to continue writing and inspiring others to pursue their creative ambitions.