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, Katia Ariel, Eddie Paterson and Bella Li, and graphic designer Libby Austen.


Jo Langdon’s ‘Glass Life’ reviewed by William Farnsworth 'Langdon’s poems are sweet, tender, angry, exciting, reflective, sad, and ecst...
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Jo Langdon’s ‘Glass Life’ reviewed by J V Birch 'These poems waltz you and leave you spinning, are their own tiny worlds – bui...
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Anders Villani

Anders Villani was born in Melbourne. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where he received the Delbanco Prize for poetry. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Overland, Southerly, Cordite Poetry Review, Two Cities Review (USA), EVENT (Canada), Award-Winning Australian Writing, the Australian Poetry Antholog...

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Anna Ryan-Punch

Anna Ryan-Punch was born in Bendigo in 1980 and now lives in Melbourne with her partner and their children. She has worked as a librarian since 2005, after graduating with Bachelors of Arts, Science and a Grad. Dip. of Information Management. Her poems, fiction and critical writing have appeared in many Australian and international publications. She was shortlisted for the Triptych Poets series in 2011 and the Noel Rowe Poetry Award in ...

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Jo Langdon

Jo Langdon is an early career researcher and teacher in literary studies, and currently an editor for the journal Mascara Literary Review. She is the author of essays, fiction and poetry. Her chapbook of poems, Snowline, co-won the 2011 Whitmore Press manuscript prize. Glass Life is her first full-length collection.



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Kent MacCarter

Kent MacCarter is a writer, editor and publisher—originally from Wild Horse Island, Montana; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Minneapolis, Minnesota—who now lives in Castlemaine, Victoria. Recent books include Sputnik’s Cousin and In the Hungry Middle of Here, as well as two chapbooks, Polyvinyl chloride and Ribosome Spreadsheet. He has published widely in Australia and internationally, including Bahas...

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Rose Hunter

Rose Hunter is the author of three poetry books and a chapbook in the United States. Journals she has been published in include the Los Angeles Review, Cordite, Australian Poetry Journal, Southerly, Westerly and DIAGRAM. She is from Brisbane, lived in Canada for ten years, and now spends a lot of time in Mexico. More information about her is available at 'Whoever Brought Me Here Will...

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Kristen Lang

Kristen Lang published SkinNotes in 2017 (Walleah Press) and Let me show you a ripple in 2008 (self-published). She lives near Sheffield in north-west Tasmania where she was also raised. She was awarded a PhD at Deakin University in 2004 for her thesis on poetic creativity.



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Lyn Hatherly 1945–2016

Lyn Hatherly was a poet, classical scholar, editor, publisher, administrator, university lecturer, teacher and mentor of poets and writers. After a varied career, in 1984, at the age of thirty-nine Lyn began an Arts degree at Monash and by the year’s end she joined a poetry workshop run by academic and editor, John Leonard, deepening her love of poetry and writing. By 1986 Lyn was editor of Poetry Monash. By 1993, she was editor of...

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Jill Jones

Jill Jones was born in Sydney and currently lives in Adelaide. Her most recent books include Breaking the Days, which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize in 2014, The Beautiful Anxiety, which won the Victorian Premiers’ Literary Award for Poetry in 2015, and the chapbook The Leaves Are My Sisters. Her poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies...

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