Dr Robyn Rowland AO has published nine books. Her work has been awarded a number of prizes. Silence & its tongues (2006) was shortlisted for the 2007 ACT Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Third generation Irish-Australian, Robyn has been reading and teaching in Ireland for 28 years, where she lives part-time in Connemara. She has read her poetry in Portugal, Ireland, the UK, the USA, Greece, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey and Italy, where, along with Canada and Japan, she has also been published. Her poetry has been featured often on Australian national radio programs PoeticA and The Spirit of Things. Robyn is known for her moving readings, available on her CDs, Off the tongue and Silver Leaving – Poems & Harp. Robyn, an Honorary Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, was Deputy Chair of the Board, Australian Poetry Centre (2007-2008); and Professor of Social Inquiry and Womens Studies at Deakin University (1981-1996), retiring in 1996 with breast cancer and burnout. She was made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her contribution to higher education and women’s health in 1996.
Jennifer Compton was born in New Zealand in 1949, and emigrated to Australia in 1972 with her husband, Matthew O’Sullivan. They now live in the bayside suburb of Carrum in Melbourne, close to their daughter and grandson. Their son lives in Sydney. Jennifer is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. She has recently realised that she is running out of time to write for film and may never get around to it. But her essays, short stories and memoirs have appeared in many publications and been broadcast on radio, and The Magic Teaspoon was published in The Best Australian Essays 2012. Her stage play, Crossfire, jointly won the Newcastle Playwriting Competition in 1974, premiered at the Nimrod Theatre in 1975, and was published by Currency Press. The Big Picture is her most recently produced work for the theatre, and it premiered at the Griffin Theatre in 1998, and was also published by Currency Press. When it comes to the poetry side of things, Barefoot (Picaro Press) was shortlisted for the John Bray Poetry Award at the Adelaide Festival, and This City won the Kathleen Grattan Award in New Zealand and was published by Otago University Press in 2011. In 2013 her poem, “Now You Shall Know”, won the Newcastle Poetry Prize and was published in the eponymous anthology. Her verse novella Mr Clean And The Junkie is forthcoming from Makaro Press in New Zealand in 2015, and she is developing a stage play called The Death Of Books.
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 dedicated to the artist Clarice Beckett won the Bayside Poets Prize in 2011. Her work has appeared in international publications and in Australian newspapers, journals and anthologies, including The Best Australian Poems series. Her first book of poetry, The Weeping Grass, was published in 2010.
Michelle discovered the subject of her latest book, the Yellow Emperor, during her undergraduate studies. As a poet and acupuncturist, it is through the Emperor that she has found a way to combine her two abiding practices.
(Photo: Nicholas Walton-Healey)
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 and wellbeing memoir, and the poetry collections Marmalade Exile and supermodernprayerbook. She is the founder and Creative Director of Milkwood Bibliotherapy, a bibliotherapy practice devoted to reading, writing and wellbeing.
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 Poetry Prize 2011 and the PressPress chapbook award 2009 and highly commended in the Max Harris Poetry Prize 2008. She won the page seventeen poetry competition 2008. Anne was recipient of a Writers Victoria Writing @ Rosebank fellowship in 2011 which she took up in February 2012, enabling her to work on Kin.
Anne was born in Melbourne and lives in Seaford, Victoria, with her partner Greg Price and their two adult sons, Matthew and Andrew Elvey Price. She has degrees in science (majoring in Pure Mathematics) and theology, and received a doctorate in Women’s Studies from Monash University in 2000, for a thesis on ecological feminism and biblical interpretation. She holds honorary appointments in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies, Monash University, and at Trinity College, United Faculty of Theology, University of Divinity, Melbourne. Her recent academic works focus on the materiality of the text, ecological criticism and climate change.
Kin is Anne’s first full length poetry collection. http://anneelvey.wordpress.com
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 the night is a dying dog in 2007 (Wakefield Press), and in 2009 received a grant from Arts SA for the completion of Double Glaze. Steve is the co-translator with Sergio Holas and Juan Garrido-Salgado of the Trilingual Mapuche Poetry Anthology (Interactive Press), and has published his poetry and translations from the Spanish in a range of journals.
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 Born of Fire, Possessed by Darkness: Mysticism and Australian Poetry (Cambria Press, 2013).
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 published in numerous magazines, literary journals and anthologies, and have been broadcast by ABC Radio National on Poetica. His first volume of poetry, Poetleptic, was published by Five Islands Press in 2005.
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 short-listed for the National Book Council Awards. She has been awarded the 2011 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, The HQ/Harper Collins Short Story Prize, a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, and an Australia Council Grant to complete her next poetry collection.
Her poetry and fiction have been published in Australia, New York and London. She has studied literature at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, and remains an Honorary Research Fellow at La Trobe. She shares a bush block in Melbourne with her partner and daughter.
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 Centre from 1993 until 2012, and for several years coordinating editor of Ulitarra magazine. Since the early 1970s, his poems have appeared in periodicals, newspapers and anthologies in Australia and elsewhere, some in translation; many also appear on the Internet.
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 Prize and received the Val Vallis Award in 2010. Since 2007 she has served as an editor for Mascara Literary Review.
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 Poetry in Film Festival in 2010 and filmmakers produced short films inspired by it. In the same year This Floating World was devised for stage and performed by Teresa Bell and Gavin Blatchford. These performances received the Shelton Lea Award for Best Group Performance at the 9th Melbourne Overload Poetry Festival Awards. Please refer to libbyhartfile.blogspot.com for more details.
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 full-length collection.
Grant Caldwell’s first book appeared in 1979 and glass clouds is his seventh collection of poetry. His work has been published widely in Australia, as well as in numerous overseas countries. He has received two Australia Council for the Arts Fellowships and his books have been short-listed for the Age Book of the Year Award and an Australian Human Rights Commission Award. He is the managing editor of the national poetry journal of The Australian Poetry Centre, Blue Dog, and he is a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Melbourne.
After graduating in English and American literature and qualifying as a solicitor, Anna Kerdijk Nicholson migrated to Australia from England in 1989. As Artist-in-Residence at Bundanon in 1998 she wrote her first book of poetry, The Bundanon Cantos [FIP, 2003] which was mentioned in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Best Books of 2003. She has won the Arts Queensland Award for Unpublished Poetry and been a prizewinner in The Society of Women Writers National Poetry Prize. From 2004 to 2008 she edited Five Bells, the quarterly poetry journal of The Poets Union Inc. She has been the grateful recipient of New Work grants as an emerging and as a developing writer from the Australia Council for the Arts. She cycles to work in Sydney. Her new book, Possession: Poems about the voyage of Lt James Cook in the Endeavour 1768-1771, published by Five Islands Press in February 2010, has won the 2010 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for poetry.
Susan Hampton is a poet and freelance editor who lives in Lyneham, Canberra. For many years she taught writing at universities. Her five books of poems include Costumes and A Latin Primer. Her poems and stories have won the Patricia Hackett Prize, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, The Brian Eton Prize, and the Shire of Eltham Short Story Award. With Kate Llewellyn she co-edited The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets (1986). In 1990 she won the Steele Rudd Award for Surly Girls. Her last book The Kindly Ones,, from Five Islands Press, was shortlisted for five awards, and won The Judith Wright Poetry Prize for 2006.
Canadian-born Ian McBryde has been a long term resident of Australia. He is well-published both nationally and overseas, and his poetry has been translated into several languages. His fourth mainstream collection, Domain, about WW2 and Europe under occupation, was published by Five Islands Press, and his third CD of spoken-word is about to be released by The Still Company , which is an ongoing collusion with Melbourne musician Greg Riddell. His most recent collection, The Adoption Order, was released by Five Islands Press in 2009 and short-listed for the 2010 Victorian Premiers’ Prize.
Born in Osijek, Croatia, in 1959, Tatjana Lukic studied philosophy and sociology in Sarajevo. She lived in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and the Czech Republic, before coming to Australia with her young family as a refugee in 1992. She published four acclaimed collections, published in Serbo-Croatian during the 1980s. After her arrival in Australia, she did not write poetry for almost ten years. She learned language, studied, and worked for various government departments as a researcher and data analyst. Her new poems, written in English, have been published in Australia and internationally. Tatjana Lukic died in August, 2008.
Louise Oxley was born Louise Hawker in Hobart in 1955. She has taught English as a second language for many years, both at home in Australia and overseas in France and Thailand, and now works as language and academic skills adviser to international students at the University of Tasmania.
Poems in this collection, her second, have won several national awards, including the Melbourne Poets Union and Tom Collins Prizes and the Bruce Dawe Prize in both 2004 and 2007. Her first book, Compound Eye (Five Islands Press, 2003), was commended in the Anne Elder Award. A selection of her poems appears in Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian Writing (Bumble-bee Books, 2001) and in Wagtail 41, Sitting with Cézanne (Picaro Press, 2005). She is the Tasmanian editor for Blue Dog: Australian Poetry. She has served on Arts Tasmania advisory panels and on the Tasmanian Writers Centre board.
Sandy Fitts was born in England and grew up on the coast of Yorkshire. Her poems have been published widely and have won many awards in Australia and the UK.
‘Waiting for Goya’ won the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 2007. Other first prizes include The Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition, while ‘Headgear’ (a review) was shortlisted for the Australian Book Review poetry prize. In the UK, her poems have won prizes in the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize. Fitts has worked on trains and boats, in factories, cafes, schools, and in many offices. Her various university studies include an MBA. View from the Lucky Hotel is her first poetry collection to be published.
For further information check out Sandy’s website: www.fitts.info
Barry Hill is an acclaimed writer in several genres, having won Premier’s Awards for poetry, the essay and non-fiction, most recently Broken Song (2002) which also won the National Biography Award and the Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologised, and translated into Japanese and Chinese. This is his sixth collection of poetry. His first collection, Raft (1990) was runner up for the Anne Elder Award, and his second, the long narrative poem Ghosting William Buckley won the 1994 Premier’s Award. For fifteen years he was Radio Critic for The Age, and he has written many works for radio, most recently Desert Canticles in 2000, (with music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin), which was based on his third book of poetry The Inland Sea (2001). His first libretto, Love Stronger than Death, music by Andrew Schultz, was performed by The Song Company at ‘The Studio’ at the Sydney Opera House in 2004. Since 2003 his work has appeared in Black Inc’s annual Best Australian Poems. He is Poetry Editor for the national newspaper, The Australian. He lives by the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, and is married to the singer/songwriter Rose Bygrave.
Judy Johnson has published more than 300 poems in literary magazines across Australia and the UK. Many of them have won major awards, including but not limited to the John Shaw Neilson Prize, the Val Vallis Award, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize (twice), the Banjo Paterson Poetry Prize (three years running), the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, and the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. She co-judged the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2004 and 2005. Her first collection, Wing Corrections, was on the Schools List in WA; her second, Nomadic, won the Wesley Michel Wright Award. Her verse novel Jack, published by Pandanus Books, won the 2007 Victorian Premier’s CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry. Judy lives in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales and is currently working on a second verse novel to execute her third Australia Council grant.