Darby Hudson


Darby is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne. Previously published in wet concrete, old trees, and thin air (and zines). More of his work can be found at www.darbyhudson.com


Falling Upwards

Sofie Westcombe


Sofie Westcombe is a poet from Canberra. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Melbourne’s Creative Writing program. This is her first published collection.



Gareth Sion Jenkins


Gareth Sion Jenkins lives in Sydney with his wife and daughter. He has taught poetry and poetics in schools, youth centres, universities, libraries and prisons.

His masters in psychology was spent measuring the brain’s frontal positive slow wave and his doctorate exploring the schizophrenic writing and artmaking of Anthony Mannix. He is the editor of The Toy of the Spirit (forthcoming in 2019 with Puncher & Wattmann), the first book-length publication of Anthony’s collected writings.

Gareth’s poetry and theoretical work has been widely published. His poetry-film collaborations regularly screen at festivals around the world. He makes and exhibits text-based art at Square One Studios.

More can be found on his website: apothecaryarchive.com


Recipes for the Disaster

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 Anthology, and elsewhere.


Aril Wire

Anna Ryan-Punch

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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 2015. She volunteered as a Program Advisor for the Melbourne Writers Festival (Schools program) for six years, and acted as Convenor for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards YA Prize in 2008 and 2010.


Night Fishing

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.


Glass Life

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 Bahasa Indonesia, French, German and Korean translations of his poetry. He has been creative director of Cordite Publishing Inc. since 2011.


California Sweet

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 Have To Take Me Home’ (rosehunterblog.wordpress.com).



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 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.


Double Glaze

Michelle Cahill


Michelle Cahill is a Goan-Anglo-Indian poet. Born in Kenya in 1964 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.



Grant Caldwell


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.


glass clouds

Gayelene Carbis


Gayelene Carbis is an award-winning writer of poetry, prose and plays, whose work has been widely performed and published in Australia and overseas. Gayelene was recently shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Fish Poetry Prize (Ireland); work & tumble Chapbook Prize; Adrien Abbott, Martha Richardson and Melbourne Poets’ Union International Poetry Prizes. In 2012, Gayelene was awarded a Poetry Scholarship and CAL Travel Grant to the Banff Arts Centre in Canada. Her most recent one-woman show won Best Premiere Production at the Sarasota Festival (U.S.) this year and will be performed in Melbourne.


Anecdotal Evidence

Mehmet Ali Çelikel

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Dr Mehmet Ali Çelikel completed his MA in English Language and Literature at the University of Hertfordshire in England in 1997.  He was awarded his PhD with a thesis entitled ‘The Post-Colonial Condition: The Fiction of Rushdie, Kureishi and Roy’ at Liverpool University in England in 2001.  He worked in the Department of English Language and Literature, Yüzüncü Yıl University in Van between 2002 and 2008. His book on post-colonial novel in Turkish, Sömürgecilik Sonrası İngiliz Romanında Kültür ve Kimlik (Culture and Identity in Postcolonial English Novel) was published in 2011.  He has several publications in academic journals on post-colonial and postmodern fiction. He writes short stories. He currently works as an Associate Professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, Pamukkale University in Denizli, Turkey.


This Intimate War: Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915

Jennifer Compton

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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.


Now You Shall Know

Stuart Cooke


Stuart was born in Sydney in 1980, and grew up there and in Hobart. He travels often, particularly in Latin America, where he has lived for a number of years. Widely published as a poet, critic and translator, he now lives on the Gold Coast and lectures at Griffith University. Opera is his second book of poems.



Toby Davidson

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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).


Beast Language

Anne Elvey

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 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

(Photo: Di Cousens, 2014)



Sandy Fitts


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.


View from the Lucky Hotel

Susan Hampton


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.


News of the Insect World

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 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.


This Floating World

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 the Medal Poets series and in the following year she completed her own poetry collection, Songs of Silence. Lyn completed her PhD in Classics in 1994. In 1995, Lyn moved to Cairns to take up a lectureship at James Cook University, where she was greatly admired by students for her inspiring and joyful methods of teaching. After the contract with JCU ended, Lyn initiated ‘The Writing Zone’, a web based service for teaching, editing and assessing writing.

In 2004, Lyn became a founding board member of Poetry Australia. In 2006, her collection, Acts of Abrasion was published by Five Islands Press under the editorship of Ron Pretty. From 2007 to 2016, Lyn worked voluntarily publishing books of poetry as part of a changing group of editors at Five Islands Press. Lyn was inspired by her love of poetry to continue in the spirit of Ron Pretty, publishing the kind of poetry she admired and found exciting. Lyn held the Press together for most of these years with her hard work and technical knowledge.

Many, and One is the book Lyn was working on before she became ill. The collection was finished as her energy waned, and the book itself is a radiant series of poems hard won and brilliantly achieved.


Acts of Abrasion
Many, and One

Barry Hill


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.


As we draw ourselves

Lisa Jacobson

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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.

Please refer to www.lisajacobson.org and www.facebook.com/TheSunlitZone for further information.


The Sunlit Zone

Judy Johnson


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.



Heather Taylor Johnson


Heather moved from the US in 1999 to begin a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, where she received her PhD. She now works as a full-time writer near the Port. Her upcoming books are the novel Jean Harley was Here (UQP 2017) and the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (UWAP 2017), which she edited. She is also the poetry editor for Transnational Literature.


Meanwhile, the Oak

Jill Jones

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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 in Australia, as well as internationally, and have been translated into languages such as Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech, Macedonian and Spanish. In late 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.



John Kinsella


John Kinsella is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and plays. He is a frequent collaborator with other poets, critics, fictionalists, artists, musicians, labourers, activists and friends. Recent fiction includes In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012), Tide (Transit Lounge, 2013), and Crow’s Breath (Transit Lounge, 2015); recent poetry includes Jam Tree Gully (WW Norton, 2012), The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems (Five Islands Press, 2013) and Sack (Picador and Fremantle Press, 2014), and recent criticism includes Activist Poetics: Anarchy in the Avon Valley (ed. Niall Lucy, Liverpool University Press, 2010) and Spatial Relations: Volumes 1 & 2 (Rodopi, 2013). He is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and Professor of Sustainability and Literature at Curtin University. But most relevantly, he is an anarchist-vegan-pacifist. Kinsella’s activism against racism and bigotry began in his late teens when he was working on the first manifestation of his experimental novel, Morpheus.


The Vision of Error: A Sextet of Activist Poems
Graphology Poems: 1995–2015

Kristen Lang

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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.


The Weight of Light

Michelle Leber

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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)


The Yellow Emperor

Tatjana Lukic


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.


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Ian McBryde


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 shortlisted for the 2010 Victorian Premier’s Prize.


The Adoption Order

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 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.


The Brokenness Sonnets I–III

Louise Nicholas

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Louise Nicholas was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and currently lives in Adelaide. She was a teacher for many years and still teaches part time as a relief teacher.

A collection of her poetry, The Red Shoes, was published by Wakefield Press and Friendly Street Poets as part of their ‘New Poets’ series. She was co-author, with Jude Aquilina, of WomanSpeak, also published by Wakefield Press. A chapbook, Large, was published by Garron Publishing. Louise has also published three chapbooks of humorous verse. She was an editor, with rob walker, of Friendly Street Thirty.


The List of Last Remaining

Anna Kerdijk Nicholson


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.



Louise Oxley


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.



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 full-length collection.



Robyn Rowland

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Robyn Rowland has twelve books, nine of poetry. Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems (Five Islands Press, Melbourne, 2010) represented 40 years of work.  Her poetry appears in national and international journals and in thirty-six anthologies, including six Best Australian Poems: 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2004 (Black Inc), with editors Les Murray, Robert Adamson, Lisa Gorton and Geoff Page.

Robyn’s work has been awarded a number of prizes and has been published and read her work in Australia, Ireland, Japan, Bosnia, Serbia, Austria, Turkey, Canada, the U.S. and New Zealand, Portugal, the UK, the USA, Greece and Italy. Her poetry has been featured on Australian and Irish national radio programs. Robyn has two CDs, Off the tongue and Silver Leaving: Poems & Harp. Irish-Australian, she lives half-time in Connemara, Ireland. Previously Professor of Social Inquiry and Women’s Studies at Deakin University, she retired in 1996, when she was also made an Officer in the Order of Australia for her contribution to higher education and women’s health.

Robyn received an Established Writer’s Literature Board grant to complete research and write poems on Turkey. She is an Honorary Fellow, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia; was a member of the National Advisory Council for Australia Poetry Ltd 2010–2013; curated and presented the Poetry & Conversation Series for the Geelong Library Corporation, 2010–2013; and was inaugural Deputy Chair of the Board of the Australian Poetry Centre 2007–2009. Robyn is also listed on the Irish Writers online compendium of Irish Writers (http://www.irishwriters-online.com/rowland-robyn/).

For more information on Robyn Rowland, visit http://www.robynrowland.info/ or find her on Facebook (Robyn Rowland).


This Intimate War: Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915
Seasons of doubt & burning: New and Selected Poems

Frank Russo


Frank Russo was born in Adelaide in 1972 and lives in Sydney. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is completing a doctorate at the University of Sydney. His writing has appeared in Southerly, Contrappasso, Cactus Heart, Transnational Literature, Weekend Australian, broadcast on ABC FM and Writers Radio and published in anthologies in Australia, the United States and Canada. An early version of his novel manuscript Eating for the dead was short-listed for the Vogel/The Australian Literary Prize, a Varuna Fellowship and won the Dante Alighieri Fiction Prize. A subsequent novel manuscript was commended for the Vogel/The Australian Prize and short-listed for other prizes.


In the Museum of Creation


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 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.


Another Fine Morning in Paradise

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 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.


Beds for All Who Come

rob walker

Adelaide-born rob walker has has taught Performing Arts to South Australian primary students and English to high school and adult students in Japan. He has published three collections: sparrow in an airport, New Poets Ten (Wakefield Press), micromacro, (Seaview Press) and phobiaphobia (Picaro Press) and has co-edited THIRTY, a Friendly Street Poets Anthology (Wakefield Press). He has also published hundreds of poems in journals and online, mainly in Australia, the UK and the US. He lives on a small farm in the Adelaide Hills.

Prior to publication by Five Islands Press tropeland was shortlisted for both the Adelaide Festival of Literature Awards and the John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize.



Ouyang Yu

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Ouyang Yu came to Australia at the age of 35. He has since published 75 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary translation and criticism in English and Chinese, including his award-winning novel, The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002); his collection of English poetry, The Kingsbury Tales (2008); his collection of Chinese poetry, Poemnonpoem (2011); his book of creative non-fiction, On the Smell of an Oily Rag: Speaking English, Thinking Chinese and Living Australian (2008); his second novel, The English Class (2010), which won the 2011 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, and was shortlisted for a number of other state literary awards; his book of literary criticism, Chinese in Australian Fiction: 1888–1988 (2008); and his translation in Chinese, The Fatal Shore (2014), winner of the Translation Prize by the Australia–China Council in 2014.

Ouyang is now professor of English and the Siyuan Scholar at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, China.

(Photo: Fu Hong)


Fainting with Freedom
Breaking New Sky