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Five Islands Press was established in 1986 and is dedicated to the publication of fine Australian poetry. A new chapter in the history of FIP is now under way with a publishing team composed of: Kevin Brophy, Lyn Hatherly, Katia Ariel, Eddie Paterson and Michael McKay, Bella Li and Jenna Shaw, and graphic designer, Libby Austen.

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Michelle Leber

Michelle Leber was born in Melbourne and raised by Slovenian emigrants. Since she completed her training in Chinese Medicine in the early 1990s, her clinical skills have been sought by universities, colleges and community-based welfare agencies. In more recent years, she has concurrently been writing poetry. Her poems have been commended in the Rosemary Dobson Award (2010) and highly commended in the Val Vallis Award (2011); a poem d...

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Susan Bradley Smith

Susan Bradley Smith was born in Bega, Australia, in 1963 and moved all over New South Wales as a child. She began her professional life as an Arts journalist in London, later working at universities in the UK and Australia, and is currently an Honorary Research Associate in English at La Trobe University. An award-winning writer, recent publications include Friday Forever, the writing ...

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Anne Elvey

Anne Elvey is author of three poetry chapbooks: Stolen Heath (MPU, 2009), Claimed by Country (PressPress, 2010) and Bent toward the thing (Rosslyn Avenue, 2012) and managing editor of a new online journal Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She is a chapbook editor and committee member of Melbourne Poets Union. Her poems have been shortlisted in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize 2012, the Newcastle Po...

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Steve Brock

Steve Brock

Steve Brock was born in Adelaide in 1971, where he lives with his wife and teenage daughter. In 1989 Steve lived in Argentina for a year on an AFS student exchange, and later majored in Spanish at Flinders University. He completed a PhD in contemporary Australian literature at Flinders in 2003. For the past decade Steve has worked in the public service as a speechwriter and policy officer. He published his first collection of poetry ...

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Toby Davidson

Toby Davidson was born in Perth in 1977 and grew up in the beachside suburb of Cottesloe. In 2002 he moved to Sydney where he co-founded the Citizens of Language readings at Sydney University. After six years in Melbourne and Warrnambool, he returned to Sydney as a lecturer in Australian literature at Macquarie University, editing Francis Webb Collected Poems (UWA Publishing, 2011) and completing a critical study ...

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Mal McKimmie

Mal McKimmie was born in Perth, Western Australia and lives in Melbourne. Positions he has been employed in include survey hand, deckhand, kitchen hand, vineyard labourer, fruit picker, poetry tutor and part-time ranger working with wild dolphines and visitors at an eco-tourist resort. He has also worked in welfare, with people labelled as having a 'disability' and people diagnosed as having a 'mental illness'. His poems have been publi...

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Lisa Jacobson

Lisa Jacobson's The Sunlit Zone won the John Bray Award at the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. It was also shortlisted in the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the 2013 Stella Prize, the 2012 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards (as a manuscript). An earlier poetry collection, Hair & Skin & Teeth, was published by Five Islands Press in 1995 and sh...

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Michael Sharkey

Michael Sharkey

Michael Sharkey has worked in publishing and in the public service, and has taught science and mathematics in high schools, and literature, writing, and rhetorical analysis in several universities in Australia, New Zealand, China and Europe. He has edited an anthology of Australian humour and contributed biographical essays, books reviews and articles on literary topics to many publications. He was Chairman of the New England Writers Ce...

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Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Goan-Anglo-Indian poet. Born in Kenya in 1969 she attended primary school in London before migrating to Australia. She lives in Sydney, where she graduated in Medicine and the Humanities. She has been awarded grants from the Australia Council, the Copyright Agency Limited, a mentorship from the Australian Society of Authors and in 2011 a fellowship at Hawthornden Castle. She was highly commended in the Blake Poetry ...

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Libby Hart

Libby Hart's first collection of poetry, Fresh News from the Arctic received the Anne Elder Award and was shortlisted for the Mary Gilmore Prize. She is a recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig in County Monaghan, Ireland and a DJ O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship at The Australian Centre, University of Melbourne. Her poem, 'The Briefcase Phenomenon' was chosen for the inaugural...

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Claire Potter

Claire Potter was born in Perth and educated at the Universities of Western Australia, New South Wales and Paris where, under the auspices of a French Embassy Scholarship, she wrote her Masters thesis on the setting in psychoanalysis and tragedy. In 2006, she received an Australian Young Poet's Fellowship and was mentored by Kevin Hart. She spent five years teaching and studying in Paris and now lives in London. Swallow is her first ful...

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