Kit Kelen

Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a well known Australian poet, scholar and visual artist, and Professor of English at the University of Macau, where he has taught Creative Writing and Literature for the last fifteen years. Volumes of his poetry have been published in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Swedish, Indonesian and Filipino languages. Japanese and Spanish collections are currently in preparation. The most recent of Kit Kelen’s dozen English language poetry books is Scavengers Season, published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2014.

Anna Couani

Anna Couani is a Sydney writer, artist and teacher who has taught Art and ESL in Intensive English Centres and secondary schools since the 70’s. She now has an art gallery in Glebe, in inner Sydney. She was active in the small literary press, women writers groups and the Poets Union in the 70’s and 80’s. Her books include Italy, The Train, Were all women sex-mad?, The Harbour Breathes and Small Wonders. She published a serial novel called The Western Horizon in HEAT magazine in the 90’s. This and some of her other writing is downloadable at her website

Mikaela Castledine

I am a full time practising artist and sculptor with a degree in applied science, a diploma in interior design and an MA in writing and literature completed this year. I am a writer of poetry and short stories with a few of each awarded or published.

Kevin Brophy 

Kevin Brophy is the author of 14 books of poetry, fiction and essays. He is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne. His latest books are 'This is What Gives Us Time' (Gloria SMH, February 2016) and 'Walking,: New and Selected Poems' (John Leonard Press, 2013). In 2015 he was poet in residence at the Australia Council B. R. Whiting Library in Rome. In 2016 he will be living in the remote West Australian Aboriginal community of Mulan.

Iris Fan Xing 

Iris Fan Xing is currently a PhD student in the School of Humanities in the University of Western Australia, working on a comparative research project of contemporary Australian and Chinese women’s poetry that involves creative writing and translation studies. Her bilingual (Chinese-English) book of poems Lost in the Afternoon was published by ASM in Macao in 2009. She was awarded first prize in the Poetry Section of the Hong Kong City Literary Awards 2011.

Andrew Burke 

I am an Australian poet and author. I have an MA and PhD from Edith Cowan University in Western Australia, and have published a dozen poetry collections, plus a novel and short stories scattered over the years. I am writer-in-residence at Mt Parnassus Writers' Centre. I blog frequently at

Karla Caprali

I was born in a northern city of Brazil, called Belem, which is the capital of the state of Para, the second largest state in Brazil and is very well know for being the exotic portal of the Amazon. When I was 18, I moved to the city of Sao Paulo, and lived there for 5 years, where I studied art at University of Sao Paulo. While living in Sao Paulo I worked for a while at the MAM, and the Park Of Ibirapuera as an intern. As soon I returned to my hometown in Belem, I was an apprentice of the local artist Olivar Leite, and also interned with prominent artist Antar Rohit. While still living in in Belem, I had the opportunity of interacting with the Kayapo tribe in the South of the Para state for a week, and this experience was extremely valuable for my personal growth, and my future as an artist making me understand the purpose of humanity and forest conservation for the next generations. In 2001 I moved to United Estates Of America and became a citizen in 2008, and adopted the city of Cutler Bay, Florida where I live surrounded by native Banyan trees, with my husband, our three daughters and our miniature white schnauzer named Shinubi.

Loene Furler

Loene Furler is an Adelaide based artist. Her work focuses on her current situation/location, which as a traveler varies from month to month. This includes investigation and exploration in the history of art and questions the significance of ideas about art and writing. Currently she is looking at small and simple things-small objects and their shadows and questions whether the substance is in the shadow. Loene has been a practicing artist for over 35 years and has exhibited regularly over that time. She has exhibited throughout Australia and internationally and participated in the Macau- Elsewhere project after meeting Kit Kelen and Carol Archer during a residency at Bundanon NSW. Previously Loene has been Deputy Chair of National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA), Chair of Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF), Executive Chair Jamfactory and Design Centre, Chair of Artist Week- elastic amongst other positions. Loene was a lecturer in the Bachelor of Visual Arts program at Adelaide College of the Arts (ACARTS) and program coordinator. She has participated in numerous projects and most recently the Drawing Marathon in New York and later the Painting Marathon in New York. Over the last two years Loene has been writing for personal pleasure. Loene is currently an Ambassador for the Australian Experimental Art Foundation (AEAF).

Lies Van Gasse

Lies Van Gasse made her debut in 2008 with the collection Hetzelfde gedicht steeds weer (The Same Poem Over and Over Again), which immediately captured the attention of readers and critics. Trained as an artist, Van Gasse often collaborates on art and poetry projects, such as Waterdicht(Waterproof), in which she illustrates a text written by poet Peter Theunynck. She also creates her own combinations of text and image, in what she calls “graphic poems;” in Sylvia, she disperses her verses with, over and in between drawings made with thick, black ink.With Annemarie Estor, Van Gasse developed a project basedon the story of Kaspar Hauser, which they worked on between 2009-2013 and spun with new twists and a new format, enriched with colorful illustrations. As part of their collaborative procedure, each week Estor and Van Gasse wrote a postcard to each other on which they wrote a new stanza. They also invited other writers to contribute to the ever-evolving story. The project has been collected and published as The Book of Hauser.Van Gasse’s most recent poetry collection is Wenteling (Revolution). Struggle is the main subject of most poems in Wenteling, whether it is the struggle between two people in a relationship; the struggle of an individual to establish a self in relation to idealized images, dreams and desires of others; or the struggle of the poet with the pen and blank paper. A sense of loss, difficult to heal, looms in every poem, although sometimes irony and humor soften this melancholic tone. 

Yao Feng

Yao Feng is a poet, translator, scholar and curator. He is the author of twenty five books of poetry , prose and translation, like [Writing on the Wings of the Wind, One Horizon – Two Views], [The Night Lies Down with Me], [Faraway Song] and [Selected Poems of Yao Feng, [In Brief]. He writes in both Chinese and Portuguese, and translates Portuguese poetry into Chinese. A winner of many poetry awards as well as a medal from the Portuguese president, he teaches in the Department of Portuguese at the University of Macau. In 2015 he participated the International Writing Program in the University of Iowa.

Lizz Murphy

Irish-Australian poet Lizz Murphy has published 12 books of different kinds. Her seven poetry titles include Portraits: 54 Poems and Six Hundred Dollars (PressPress), Walk the Wildly (Picaro), Stop Your Cryin (Island) and Two Lips Went Shopping (Spinifex – print & e-book). She is widely published in Australia and overseas. Lizz’ awards include: 2011 Rosemary Dobson Poetry Prize (co-winner), 2006 CAPO Singapore Airlines Travel Award, 1998 ACT Creative Arts Fellowship for Literature, 1994 Anutech Poetry Prize. Special mentions include: Highly Commended - 2013 Blake Poetry Prize; finalist - UK’s 2013 & 2014 Aesthetica Poetry Competitions. She is interested in art & text and poetry as public art, and sometimes blogs at

Sarah St Vincent Welch   

Sarah St Vincent Welch grew up swimming in Sydney’s Middle Harbour and now walks the hills of Canberra, especially her beloved Mt Majura. She was a member of No Regrets Sydney Women’s Writing Workshop and was involved in the Poets Union in the late 1980s. She studied English Literature at University of Sydney and Media at Canberra CAE. She worked in film archiving at NFSA, and then as a sessional academic in creative writing at University of Canberra, and works now as a writing facilitator in the community and freelance writer. She received a citation for her Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council, and an Australia Council Grant for a short story collection in progress, ‘Shadow Work.’ This collection explores representations of pregnancy and fertility. She is a part-time candidate for a Doctorate of Creative Arts at UTS where she continues her research about representations of the body, especially women’s bodies. She blogs at about reading and writing, place and time. Her chapbook, ‘Open’, will be published by Rochford St Press in 2016. Links to some of her work are also here.
2016 will be the year of shadow and dreams in Project 365 + 1.

Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne is the author of nine poetry titles including a verse novel and two chapbooks. Her most recent book is Lupa and Lamb (2014). Others include Cow (2011), Limen (2013), Earth’s Breath and The Butterfly Effect (2005). 

Béatrice (Anne-Marie, Marie-Jeanne) Machet 

Béatrice (Anne-Marie, Marie-Jeanne) Machet is a French poet, whose dance lessons as a child influenced and still influence her writing. As a teen she learned a lot from the Native American point of view about Native American history and Native cultures, until she felt impregnated with them. After having been involved in the French science-fiction milieu, flirting with cartoons and magazines such as Actuel, Charlie Hebdo, Fluide Glacial, she met Jean-Hughes Malineau, a Gallimard editor, who encouraged her to begin a career as a poet. From this initial meeting, each published poetry book of hers will testify to an evolution in her writing practice. At her credit some 25 books and chapbooks of poetry plus two anthologies gathering 40 Native American contemporary poets whom works she translated into French.

She is used to collaborating with artists from all kinds of disciplines such as painters, sculptors, musicians, composers, video-makers, dancers and choreographers, and with whom she performs her poetry. She is on editorial boards of french poetry magazines such as Recours au poème, Sur le dos de la tortue, Les cahiers d’Eucharis etc.

She has had writer residences, gives many lectures about Native American literature, is regularly invited in international poetry festivals in France and abroad. She leads creative writing workshops, is called for teaching and performing in schools and colleges. She also launched and created Radio cultural programs from 1984 to 1986.

She taught at the University of Macao in the creative writing program of the English department, as she was granted a one year visiting fellowship position in 2013 and 2015. Her work is translated into Dutch, Romanian, Bulgarian, Spanish, English, Spanish, Albanian, Russian and now into Chinese.

Anne Kellas

Anne Kellas is an Australian poet, teacher of poetry, book editor and mentor to poets. Anne's taught poetry at the University of Tasmania (2014 and 2015), and for the past two decades at various writers' organisations. She has helped edit novels, served as a poetry editor for the small magazine, famous reporter, and occasionally reviews poetry. Her third collection, The White Room Poems, was published in December 2015 by Walleah Press and was largely written in response to the death of one of her sons in 2006. Poems from Mt Moono, her first collection, was published by a small press (Hippogriff) in Johannesburg in 1989. She’s currently writing an auto-ethnography using poetic inquiry as part of a research higher degree at the University of Tasmania. More information at her blog, North of the Latte Line.

Michele Morgan

I'm an Irish Australian living in New Zealand. At times I've made poems, songs and images. My recordings include Chelate Compound's This Cut-Glass Moment and 11 Improvisations with Margery Smith and Alice Cohen. My book of poems, Desperate Love Poems, Not, was published in the late 90s. My poems appeared in Gordon Undy's collection of photographs, Intimations. I hope 366 will spur me on to to a fresh creative surge.

Kate McNamara & Robert Verdon

Kate McNamara is a poet, playwright and critical theorist. For almost ten years she worked as a dramaturg with Splinters Theatre Company in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. She constructed Faust-The Heat of Knowledge as part of the Australian National University’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations. She was elected to the A.N.U. Emeritus Faculty for her services in the creative arts to her beloved Alma Mater. McNamara’s other works include The Rule of Zip, In the Secret Room, and The Year of the Dog. Her works have been performed throughout Australia, and in Japan, Ireland, Canada and Greece. In 1998 McNamara was invited to Galway to deliver the Keynote Address to the Fourth International Conference of Women Playwrights.
McNamara has always disliked mainstage theatre and worked extensively within the Australian Surrealism Movement as a founding member of underground, cult group Aktion Surreal and later collaborating in establishing Aberrant Genotype Press. Her printed works include Leaves, an anthropological journey through the writer’s unconscious; as well as poetry, short stories and critical theory in a range of journals.She was mentored in the theatrical arts by the legendary Dorothy Hewett and raised in the poetic arts by A.D.Hope.


Robert Verdon has been writing for many years, but is lazy about getting stuff away. His books include The Well-Scrubbed Desert (1994), Her Brilliant Career (1998), & Before we Knew this Century (2010).He came 2nd in the 2012 W.B. Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.He worked in Aberrant Genotype Press in Canberra from 1998-2002.He is currently doing a PhD with University of Canberra, defending daydream as the main source of creativity in poetry.

Myron Lysenko

Myron Lysenko is the author of six books of poetry. The last one,
a book of haiku was published in 2005. He tutors in Creative Writing at the Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre and at the Woodend Neighbourhood House. He is the convenor of Chamber Poets, a monthly reading of spoken word. He also runs regular ginko (haiku walks) in various scenic places. Myron plays ukulele and writes songs for his poetry band Black Forest Smoke. He moved from Brunswick to Woodend in 2011and is the Victorian Regional Officer for Haiku Oz. Clips on Myron reading poetry live and performing with his band can be found at:

Ruby Smedley  

Ruby Smedley is a young emerging artist based in Perth, Australia. Since graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts she has forged a career as a scenic artist in theatre and film, while also pursuing her own creative endeavours as a visual artist. Her work is focused on the painterly portraits that explore the beauty in opposites colliding and co-existing, that take shape on canvas or as murals. Ruby has recently won the Perth Fashion Festival 'Windows of the City' and is currently working on upcoming exhibitions.

Jeltje Fanoy

Jeltje Fanoy (jeltje) has been writing, performing and publishing poetry in Australia since the 1970s. She has also translated, from Dutch into English, two longer works by Netherlands poet Arjen Duinker, including De Zon en de Wereld (The Sun and the World). Other publications include her collections Living in Aboriginal Australia (1988), Poetry Live in the House (1995) and Princes by night (2015), as well as the poetry and music collaborations So Be It and Dreaming in English, and the compilation CDs Poetry for Peace and Heart to Heart (Reconciliation Poetry at La Mama Poetica). jeltje was convenor of poetry performances at La Mama Poetica from 2004 to 2010. For the last decade she has been involved in collaborations with improvising musicians and performance artists, including Sjaak de Jong, Anna Fern and UQ.

Efi Hatzimanolis 

Efi Hatzimanolis is a writer and independent scholar. She was a founding member of the Communication and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Wollongong in the late 1990s where she lectured in Critical Theory and Textual Studies, Technologies of the Body, Feminist Critical Theory, and Genre Analysis. She has been Lecturer in Textual Studies in the Humanities Faculty, the University of Technology, Sydney; Lecturer in Australian Literature in the Department of English, the University of Wollongong; and has also lectured and devised courses in the Feminist Critical and Cultural Theory component of the MA program in Gender Studies, at the University of New South Wales.

She has contributed to journals and books on the above subjects, particularly in the context of her Feminist textual analyses of cultural differences in writing. She has published two short stories which have appeared in the anthology Mothers from The Edge (Owl Publishing, 2006), and Fathers from the Edge (Owl Publishing, 2015). Her poetry is published in Southern Sun, Aegean Light (Arcadia, 2011). She was also a founding editor of Xtext, an internationally refereed journal in cultural theory and minority women’s writing and art. 

Jade Pisani 

Jade Pisani is an Australian poet who in the past 5 years, has focused on writing haiku. She has been published in 27 journals an 8 countries and believes that haiku are a great way to become one with nature. 

Melinda Smith

Melinda Smith is an Australian poet based in Canberra. She won the 2014 Prime Minister's Literary Award for her fourth book of poems 'Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call' (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). She likes playing with technology to make poems and other art-like things. She blogs at and tweets as @MelindaLSmith."

 Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh is a poet and a story writer whose work falls somewhere on the border of those two countries. But most of the time she has no country at all. She's a local nowhere. She was shortlisted for the ACU Prize in Literature and The Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2014. Her work has been published in the U.S. and in Australia.

Brian Purcell 

Brian’s first poems were published in Poetry and Audience (Leeds, UK) in the early eighties. In 1984 he featured in Poetry Australia’s young writers’ issue, New Pressings, and since been published in many Australian magazines such as Meanjin, Imago, Scarp, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain and Southerly. He was the singer/lyricist for the alternative band Distant Locust 1985-95 with whom he toured Europe in 1991. That year Contempo International (Italy) released their well-received CD, Chemical Wedding Feast. The publication, Lovely Infestation, was released in 1995, and contains lyrics, collages and poems associated with Distant Locust. He’s had poems in textbooks such as Top Lines, and Look What I’ve Written, and in anthologies such as Notes for the Translators, Ten Years Live, UTS anthologies and Australian Love Poems. He’s worked for the Australian Society of Authors, the Poets Union and the Literature Board, and in 2010 founded the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival. 

Rae Desmond Jones

Born Broken Hill 1941, descended from long line of miners – had delinquent childhood, left school @ 13 yoa. Worked as panelbeater,  factory worker, steel worker, cleaner, clicker, telephonist, clerk. Started to write poems in reaction to shitty life. Became local politician & Mayor of Ashfield (NSW) & teacher of History ... has had number of books published & his L GHAZALS will be printed & launched (Pub: Puncher & Wattmann) on April 24.

Coral Carter

Coral Carter was born and educated in Kalgoorlie. As well as writing poetry she is the publisher of Mulla Mulla Press. She produces her first collection Descended from Thieves in 2012, was a guest at 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival and inaugural writer in residence for the Northern Territory Writers Centre 2013. She reads most weeks at Perth Poetry Club

Michele Seminara

 Michele Seminara is a poet, editor, critic and yoga teacher from Sydney. Her writing has appeared in many online and print publications, and her first poetry collection, Engraft, was recently published by Island Press (2016). Michele is also the managing editor of online creative arts journal Verity La . She blogs at TheEverydayStrange  and is on Twitter @SeminaraMichele.

Robbie Coburn 

Robbie Coburn was born in June 1994 in Melbourne and grew up in Woodstock, Victoria.
He has published a collection, Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013), as well as several chapbooks and pamphlets. His latest chapbook is Mad Songs (Blank Rune Press, 2015).
He currently resides in Melbourne.

Adam Mundzic

Adam Mundzic is an illustrator and designer currently living and studying Communication Design in Sydney, Australia. His works focus on the eccentricities of humanity, as well as the unique moments that can be captured and reinterpreted through technology. Adam held his own solo show at The Shop Gallery in 2015, as well as contributed and participated in various group shows. 

Lisa Brockwell

 Lisa Brockwell lives on a rural property near Byron Bay, Australia, with her husband and young son.  She was runner-up in the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize in 2015. Her first collection, Earth Girls, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2016.

PS Cottier

P.S. Cottier is a Canberra poet, anthologist and writer, who blogs at

Papa Osmubal (aka Oscar Balajadia)

Papa Osmubal (aka Oscar Balajadia) is a poet-artist residing in Macau-SAR, China. He has an MA in English Studies from the University of Macau, where he was awarded the highest honor (Excellence) upon graduation. He also got a post-graduate diploma in education from Universidade de Sao Jose in Macau where he was also awarded the highest honor (Excellence) upon graduation. He is also into occidental calligraphy, doing both modern and old (classical) scripts. Among his many calligraphy heroes are Joseph "Joe" Vitolo and Julien "Kaalam" Breton. His most recent solo art exhibition, called 'Voice in the Murk', was in February 2015, sponsored by and held at Center for Creative Industries, Macau-SAR, China. His forthcoming solo exhibition, called 'History: Our Faces', is a vast collection of papercutting portraits of famous and not-so-famous people in history.  

Rachel Mead 

Rachael Mead is a South Australian writer with an eclectic resume, having worked as an archaeologist, environmental campaigner, wedding decorator and seller of books both old and new. She is the author of three collections of poetry and her latest unpublished manuscript was awarded Varuna’s Dorothy Hewett Fellowship for Poetry in 2015 and shortlisted in the 2016 Adelaide Festival Literature Awards. When not in rehab for her addictions to op-shopping and books Rachael lives in the Adelaide Hills with her partner, animals and a slightly ridiculous collection of op-shop overcoats. You can find more of her work at

Rosemary Nissen-Wade

Rosemary Nissen-Wade (earlier known as Rosemary Nissen) has authored three volumes of poetry, several e-chapbooks and some collaborations with other poets. In the past she was involved in the Melbourne Poets Union, poetry programs in prisons, and a poetry theatre group. She taught the poetry unit of Professional Writing courses at TAFE and tertiary levels, and has run workshops in community settings. She was an independent publisher of Australian poetry in the eighties through early nineties, as proprietor of Abalone Press and a member of the Pariah Press Cooperative.

Now resident in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, she has embraced the online poetry world via blogging, creating micro-poetry on twitter, and participating in international poetry groups and communities. She writes weekly columns on poetry for the Poets United community, and nowadays tends to publish in online journals and anthologies more often than paper publications. Her website has details of her publications and career, and links to her various blogs. Her twitter handle is @SnakyPoet

Emma McKervey

Emma McKervey studied at Dartington College of Arts. She has worked in community arts and education for the last fourteen years. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies in Ireland and beyond.

Gail Hennessy 

Gail Hennessy is a poet living and writing in Newcastle, Australia. I have been published in a range of newspapers, journals and anthologies. My collection 'Witnessing' was published in 2010. I am presently working on a prose/poetry doc. covering my experience of mental illness.

Rob Schackne

Rob Schackne was born in New York, he lived in many countries until Australia finally took him in. He is currently a Foreign Expert EFL teacher in China. There were some extreme sports once; now he plays (mostly) respectable chess and pool. He listens to the Grateful Dead. He claims he can read Shakespeare in the original. Some days he thinks there is nothing easy about the Tao.

Julie McElhone

Julie McElhone was born in Sydney and grew up in Canberra. She has been a theatre performer and singer for most of her working life and gave birth to her daughter nearly 10 years ago. She graduated in 2013 from University of Canberra with a Bachelor of Writing and went on to achieve a first class honours degree in 2014. McElhone has had work published in Windmills, a creative writing magazine published by Deakin University and exhibited in Now!…Representing Canberra, a multidisciplinary exhibition of student work at the Belconnen Arts Centre. She now lives in the Southern Highlands where she homeschools her daughter.

Nathanael O’Reilly 

Nathanael O’Reilly was born and raised in Australia and now lives in Texas. He is the author of the full-length collection Distance and the chapbooks Cult, Suburban Exile and Symptoms of Homesickness. He is the recipient of an Emerging Writers Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. His poems have been published in journals and anthologies in eight countries, including Antipodes, Australian Love Poems, Bluepepper, Cordite, fourW, LiNQ, Mascara, Postcolonial Text, Prosopisia, Red River Review, Snorkel, Social Alternatives, Tincture, Transnational Literature, Verity La and Writ Poetry Review.

Jeffree Skewes

Jeffree Skewes is a visual artist, educator and writer. He is currently finishing imaginary Opera librettos and their supporting paintings and working on a new volume titled  Silk on the Road and scheming  a portrait play about of a cafe called 1909.  Jeffrey Skewes artworks
Besides painting, and writing about arty things in his home studio, Skewes founded and still runs studioMAP art workshop in 1995, based at M16 Artspace Canberra specialising in children's and teen's art education.

In 2014 Skewes and Kerry Shepherdson co-founded and curate Chutespace, probably Australia's smallest art gallery for contemporary art. They still run this program and are always on the look out for new projects. The tempered glass and steel space measuring 18x40x26cm of this former public library book-returns chute provides a unique site for a diverse calendar of mini spectacular artworks across all mediums see Chutespace

Vaughan Rapatahana 

Vaughan Rapatahana is a Kiwi, with homes also in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong and Pampanga, Philippines. He holds a Ph.D in Existential Literary Criticism from the University of Auckland. He has been widely published internationally across several genre, in both his main languages, Maori and English: for example in 2015 he wrote a series of commentaries on Aotearoa New Zealand poetry for Jacket 2 (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and his poetry collection, Atonement, was jointly published in Macao and Hong Kong. 2016 has seen the Philippine edition of Atonement  nominated for a National Book Award there and in June, 2016 his initiated and co-edited language critique Why English? Confronting the Hydra was published by Multilingual Matters, U.K. Finally, Rapatahana was a semi-finalist in the inaugural Proverse Prize for Literature and a placegetter in the 2013 erbacce international poetry competition. His New Zealand Book Council Writers File is  

Moyra Donaldson 

Moyra Donaldson is from Co Down and is the author of six collections of poetry, Snakeskin Stilettos, Beneath the Ice, The Horse’s Nest and Miracle Fruit, from Lagan Press, Belfast. An American edition of Snakeskin Stilettos was published in 2002 from CavanKerry Press, New Jersey and short listed for a Foreword Book of the Year Award.
 Her Selected Poems was published in 2012 by Liberties Press, Dublin and a new collection, The Goose Tree, was published in June 2014, also from Liberties Press. She is published internationally and has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and the USA.
Her latest project was a collaboration with photographic artist Victoria J Dean resulting in an exhibition and the publication Abridged 0 -36 Dis-Ease
Her poetry has won a number of awards, including the Allingham Award, the National Women’s Poetry Competition, North West Words and the Cuirt New Writing Award. Both her poetry (1998) and her short stories (2002) have been short listed for the Hennessy New Irish Writing Awards. She has received four awards from the Arts Council NI, most recently, the Artist Career Enhancement Award
Her poems have been anthologised and have featured on BBC Radio and television, including the Channel 4 production, Poems to Fall in Love With and she has read at festivals in Europe, Canada and America.
Moyra is also an experienced Creative Writing Facilitator, working with both individuals and groups.

Kerri Shying 

Kerri Shying is a writer who was first published in Tharunka and Billy Blue in the 1980’s then Satellite, Users News, and other Sydney mags and journals. She published the Literary zine “Blanche” for surrealist art and writing in the ‘80’s, outing Adam Cullen as a cartoonist, among other folly. Years of publishing short stories, writing the Christmas Carol for Users’ News Prison Issue, dramaturgy at the Belvoir downstairs and drug user peer ‘independent scholar” and sex worker academic writing make up the grab bag of a wide ranging work life. Kerri has three of the Roland Robinson Awards for her short stories and poem, and this year was third in the Hunter Writer’s Centre Disability “Inclusion” Award. She is the Autocrat of the Republic of Gimptopia where her dog Max serves as the first dog. Kerri is descended from the first Chinese family in australia, and is a Wiradjuri woman.

Rob Harle

Rob Harle is a writer, artist and reviewer. Writing work includes poetry, short fiction stories, academic essays and reviews of scholarly books and papers. His work is published in journals, anthologies, online reviews, books and he has two volumes of his own poetry published – Scratches & Deeper Wounds (1996) and Mechanisms of Desire (2012). Recent poetry has been published in Rupkatha Journal (Kolkata), Nimbin Good Times (Nimbin),  Beyond The Rainbow (Nimbin), Poetic Connections Anthology (2013),  Indo-Australian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2013) and Rhyme With Reason Anthology (2013), Asian Signature (2013). He is currently a member of the: Leonardo Review Panel: Manuscript Reviewer for Leonardo Journal;  Advising Editor for the Journal of Trans-technology Research; Advisory Editor for Phenomenal Literature (India); Member Editorial Board, Episteme Journal (Bharat College). Artwork, Publications, Reviews and selected writings are available from his website

Bronwyn Rodden

Bronwyn Rodden was born in Sydney and has lived in urban and rural NSW, and travelled widely. In her art she is inspired by the natural environment, also using natural materials, but her influences are from various art styles, including environmental art, contemporary Australian and Asian art, and her Irish heritage.
Awards include Highly Commended in the Pyrmont Art Prize and GOYA and she was a Finalist in the Sydney Water Earth Prize, the Flannery Art Prize and the Moreton Bay Art Prize. She has completed two commissions for prints for the Solitary Islands Marine Park Local History Project and has held solo shows in Sydney, Bellingen and Coffs Harbour.
As well as an interest in art, Bronwyn developed a fascination with writing and storytelling at an early age. She holds an MA Writing (UTS) and her poetry and short fiction has been published in literary journals in Australia and the U.K., and broadcast on radio. She was selected for the first Scarp New Poets Programme, won the Patricia Hackett Prize for Short Fiction and was awarded an Emerging Writer Grant by the Australia Council for the Arts,, as well as a Fellowship to the Writers Cottage, Bundanon. A manuscript of hers was selected for the Hachette/QWC manuscript retreat and she has released that now-completed novel, The Crushers as an ebook and paperback on Amazon. She has also released a collection of her short stories Short Fiction for an Absurd World via Amazon, which was selected as a Finalist in the General Fiction category in the Eric Hoffer Award 2015 (USA).

Ouyang Yu 

this guy by the name of ouyang yu is still alive and writing. god knows for how long.

Linda Stevenson

Lifelong poet. Founding member Melbourne Poets Union (then 'Poets Union of Australia, Melbourne Branch'). Involvement in London poetry scene mid 60's. Involvement in Melbourne Performance Poetry 70's and 80's. Workshopped in Pentridge Prison 1983, poems published in Blood from Stone. Poetry facilitator in Neighbourhood Centres in 90's. Currently presenting own and others' poetry at my Frankston Salons. Recently published The Tipping Point chapbook with Blank Rune Press. Also recently recorded a program with Peter Davis on 3CR's Spoken Word. Contributes poems to Poetry Australia online and other online sites, has a poetry blog at
Carolyn van Langenberg 

Carolyn van Langenberg lives in the Blue Mountains near Sydney, where she is rescuing an old garden by planting for bees. She is involved with Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group and believes in the politics of altruism. The creative arts, from ceramics to oil paintings, the theatre to the novel and the long enduring arts that cross all cultures, poetry and music, fit snugly with her belief in  altruism. 

Juan Garrido-Salgado

Juan Garrido-Salgado was born in Chile and was a political prisoner under the Pinochet regime, but now lives in Adelaide. He has published five books of poetry and his poems have been published in Chile, Colombia, Spain, El Salvador, Brazil, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Jack Picone


Jack Picone is the recipient of several of photography’s most prestigious international awards. These include the World Press Awards, the U.S. Photographer of The Year Awards (POY) and the Mother Jones/IFDP Grant for Social Documentary Photography. His work has been exhibited and is held in major galleries and venues worldwide, including the prestigious Visa d’Or Reportage Festival in France, Australian War Memorial, State Library of N.S.W and National Portrait Gallery in Australia.

For the past 30 years Picone has covered wars and major social issues in Asia, Africa and Europe. He is a co-founder of Australia’s REPORTAGE photography festival, the founder of Reportage (a series of documentary photography workshops in Asia) and a member of the collective SOUTH. He completed a Masters degree in Visual Arts and a PhD in Documentary Photography at Griffith University in Queensland Australia, and is a Visiting Professor in photography at universities in Australia, Thailand and Hong Kong

Picone’s training in photography was in using black and white film and mastering traditional darkroom print-making. It is a passion that has never faded thanks to the medium’s unrivalled capacity for both subtlety and drama. As legendary photographer Robert Frank expressed it in 1951: “Black and white are the colours of photography. To me they symbolise the alternatives of hope and despair to which mankind is forever subjected.”

Born in Australia, Picone is currently based in Bangkok.

Lucy Alexander

Lucy is a Canberra based poet and writer of fiction who is currently working on a  poetic novel based in the region. She has 2 chapbooks of poetry, Feathered Tongues and Liquescence, and is the author of the blog poemation. She reviews Australian poetry for Verity La and consults for

Lesley Boland

Lesley Boland has had poetry, short stories and articles published in journals and anthologies, including Quadrant, Block, First, Burley, Winds of Change, and lip magazine.  She is also an editor for Blemish Books, a Canberra-based small press. With Blemish Books she has edited three collections of poetry, three novellas and an anthology of fictocriticism. Her unpublished novel, ‘The Lesser’, was selected for HARDCOPY, a manuscript development program run by the ACT Writers Centre, in 2015.

Karen Han Throssel

Karen started writing poetry about 40 years ago and has had four collections of poetry published -, The Old King and other poems (2003) Remembering how to cry (2004) Chain of Hearts (2013) and Motherhood Statement (2015). She has had poems published in various journals and anthologies including Overland, Westerly, Quadrant, Meanjin, Hecate, and POAM and she regularly appears in her local Warrandyte paper -The Warrandyte Diary. She currently has two new creative non-fiction books awaiting publication, and is working on another poetry collection.

In 2013 she was a prize winner in the national ekphrasic poetry competition run by Nillumbik council, and is now one of the three judges of that competition.

Merima Dizdarević 

Merima Dizdarević was born in Yugoslavia in 1983. She migrated to Sweden as a civil war refugee. Her mother tongue is now called Bosnian (formerly "Serbo-Croatian" and also called “Naški” or ”our language”). English is her second or third language, as is Swedish. She has translated from English, Naški and Spanish to Swedish and from Swedish to Naški. Her writing has been published in English, Swedish and Naški and translated into Chinese, Arabic and Serbian. She writes articles and reviews of BCSM-books for Swedish libraries. She is a musician, a performance artist and works in a library in Malmö.

Chris Song

Chris Song is a poet and translator based in Hong Kong. He has published two collections of poetry and more than twenty books of poetry translation. He won the “Extraordinary Mention” of the 2013 Nosside International Poetry Prize (Italy). Song is involved in various poetry projects; he is executive director of the International Poetry Nights in Hong Kong, editor-in-chief of the Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine and associate series-editor of the Association of Stories in Macao.

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar is founding editor of Drunken Boat, one of the world’s oldest electronic journals of the arts, and teaches for the New York Writers Workshop and at City University of Hong Kong. He has published or edited 10 books and chapbooks of poetry, including most recently with Priya Sarukkai Chabria The Autobiography of a Goddess, translations of the 9th century Tamil poet/saint Andal, and What Else Could it Be, which includes collaborations with over two dozen contemporary artists and poets, including Rodger Kamenetz, Mong Lan, Eileen Myles, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Brian Turner and many others. Along with Tina Chang and Nathalie Handal, he edited W.W. Norton’s Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from Asia, the Middle East & Beyond, called “a beautiful achievement for world literature” by Nobel Laureate Nadine Gordimer. He has won a Pushcart Prize and a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, been featured in The New York Times, The Paris Review, Caravan, and the Chronicle of Higher Education, appeared as a commentator on the BBC, the PBS Newshour and NPR, received fellowships from the Blue Mountain Center, the MacDowell Colony, the Corporation of Yaddo, and most recently the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, and has performed his work around the world.

Here are some recent interviews:…/interview-with-ravi-shankar/

Donna Rowley

Donna Rowley from Northern Ireland creates scintigraphs for a living and photographs for the love of it. She is happiest with camera in hand, planes overhead and friends at her side. Her eclectic collection of images can be found at

Kristen de Kline

Kristen de Kline (aka Kristen Davis) is a Victorian based writer who has taught creative writing amd literary studies at various Australian universities. She has published ficto-criticism and experimental fiction in literary and cultural studies journals including Southerly, TEXT, Cultural Studies Review, Continuum, W/edge, Tangent and Hermes. She writes about (not) loving, leaving, crime scenes, people with 'no fixed abode' and Friends with Benefits. 

David Gilbey

David Gilbey is Adjunct Senior Lecturer in English at Charles Sturt University and President of Booranga Writers’ Centre. His latest collection of poems is Pachinko Sunset, Island Press, 2016.

Dylan Jones

Dylan Jones is a photographer and film maker. He studied at RMIT and has taken short courses at AFTRS. He loves nature photography and has spotted animals all his life (specialising in finding snakes as a child). He works as a Digital Communicator for the ACT Government.

Chris Mansell

Among Chris Mansell's  latest publication are  Verge,  Stung, Stung More, Spine Lingo: New and Selected Poems and a collection of short prose fiction, Schadenvale Road. Seven Stations was published by Wellsprung Productions in 2013. This is the text of a song cycle (music by Andrew Batt-Rawden) which premiered at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and subsequently released by Hospital Hill. 
Chris Mansell works in a number of poetic forms, much of it experimental and in alternative or unusual physical forms.
Her previous titles include: Letters and The View from a BeachLove PoemsThe Fickle Brat (text + audio CD), Day Easy Sunlight Fine  and Mortifications & Lies  and some smaller publications and non-fiction. She has also published a children's book, written a number of plays and is publisher at PressPress. She has been a mentor to several Australian poets.
She won the Queensland Premier's Award for Poetry and has been short-listed for the National Book Council Award and the NSW Premier’s Award. She won the Amelia Chapbook Award (USA) and  the Meanjin Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize.
Her site is

Timothy Edmond 

Timothy has been writing fiction, “scripts” and poetry since 1st class. 

He was educated at Epping Heights Public School, Epping Boys High School and Sydney University. 
He was selected to attend the National Playwrights Conference for Young People at The Shop Front Theatre in 1977. 
In 1983 he won the SUDS Playwriting Competition of that year for his play “Western”. 
His music video for Fathers Suit by Distant Locust was chosen as best independent video MTV Europe 1991. 
Timothy has been working in Sydney theatre as a technician since 1988. 
He continues to write while working full time and caring for a young family. 
He played in the bands, Moral Turpitude, ear eye hand, and Atrophy Belles 1981 – 1994 writing many songs, singing, playing bass and guitar. 
Recently he has allowed Fabliaux, Haiku and populist contemporary Australian political narrative to influence his work. 

Allison Morris 

Allison Morris is a Canberra-based freelance writer and editor. She has been lucky enough to study writing and editing at the Australian National University, University of Canberra and Oxford University. She was awarded ‘Best Written Text’ at the ‘Get Real’ awards in 2011 in Canberra, and has had poems and short stories published in Narrator, Reflections, and FIRST. In 2014 she worked with the Prague Ghosts and Legends Museum on a collection of Czech ghost stories and in 2015 she worked with Rip Publishing on their anthology, ‘Knack’. 

Dafna Staretz

Dafna Staretz is a nomadic artist, born in a socialist kibbutz in the Israeli desert; in her fragmentary paintings she explores the gap between the personal and the political, through the notion of modern mythologies and collapsing utopias. Currently she is an MA student at the art academy of Bergen- Norway.

John Bennett

John Bennett writes and takes photographs and makes videos. An ABC RN doco, ‘Poetry at first light’, Earshot, 16th Feb, of this year tells more of what he is up to. Available at
His website has video, photography and esais: 

Bhisma Upreti

Bhisma Upreti is an award winning Nepali poet and essayist. His 8 books of poems and 7 books of essays have been published. His works have been translated into various languages such as English, Japanese, Korean, Serbian, Slovenian, Hindi and Tamil
He is Joint secretary of the Nepal chapter of PEN international
He lives in Kathmandu with his family.

Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is managing editor of Compulsive Reader. She has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, and online, and is the author of several published books of poetry and fiction, including most recently the novel Black Cow, and the poetry book Unmaking Atoms (forthcoming, Ginninderra Press).

Linda Adair

Linda J C Adair is a Sydney-based writer, editor and small press publisher who has been involved with projects intermittently since 1985 whilst raising a family and holding down day jobs in demanding industries. Since 1984 she has written reviews and articles for various publications ranging from Tribune to consumer lifestyle and professional association magazines. She is a founding editor of Rochford Street Review, and edited issues 5 &6 of P76 for the hell of it.

Linda’s day jobs have included a dozen years as an editor/writer at the Powerhouse Museum from 1987. There she edited both research and exhibition books, Powerline the members magazine as well as exhibition storylines for permanent and travelling exhibitions. With senior curators she co-authored two exhibition booklets for the ground breaking travelling exhibition, Taking precautions: the story of contraception as well as the iconic and enormous Locomotive No 1 permanently displayed at the Powerhouse – which makes her wonder how or why anyone could think of moving the museum from its current prime location). More recently, she has edited monthly and annual client reports for the company she has been working for since mid-2015.

For the first time in a long time, Linda is now resuming creative writing with a view to articulating her interest in social history, the polemics of place, power and narrative, the role of language in the creation of subjectivity and issues of gender and sustainability in contemporary life.

Sara Dowse

Sara Dowse is a writer and artist who in the 1970s played a significant role in the feminism of the day.  She is considered Australia’s pioneer ‘femocrat’. 

Her novel West Block drew on her experiences as head of the first women’s office in Australia’s department of the prime minister and cabinet.

Four other novels followed: Silver City, Schemetime, Sapphires and Digging.  ‘Virtually alone among writers of Australian fiction,’ an observer has noted, ‘she has a fine understanding of the mechanics of power.’    

Her sixth novel, As the Lonely Fly, twenty-five years in the research and writing, is set for release in the first half of 2017.

Sara Dowse was born in Chicago and lived in New York and Los Angeles before migrating to Australia in 1958.  She lives in the Sydney beach suburb of Manly

Stuart Rawlinson

 Stuart Rawlinson is a poet, musician and tea enthusiast originally from Lancashire in England and now residing in Brisbane. His poems often focus on themes of memory and time and he occasionally translates ancient Chinese poems into English.
He runs a literary blog called 'The Stele' at and his website contains his music, including 'Encyclopaedia of Trees' - his 2015 collection of poems set to music..

Anna Forsyth is a kiwi poet, editor and fiction writer based in Newcastle NSW. Her poems and stories have featured in journals in Australia and NZ, including FourW, Headland, Landfall and Poetry NZ. She is the producer at Girls on Key, a women's poetry organisation. Her collections are A Tender Moment Between Strangers (2012) and Beatific Toast (for 2018 release, General Chaos Press). In her copious spare time, she moonlights as indie musician, Grace Pageant.

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