Contributors

Jordie Albiston has published nine poetry collections. Two of them—Botany Bay Document (Black Pepper, 1996) and The Hanging of Jean Lee (Black Pepper, 1998)—have been adapted for music theatre, both enjoying seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Her most recent titles are The Weekly Poem: 52 Exercises in Closed and Open Forms (Puncher & Wattmann, 2014) and Jack & Mollie (& Her) (University of Queensland Press, 2016). Her work has won many awards, including the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize. She has an ongoing preoccupation with mathematical constructs and constraints and the possibilities offered in terms of poetic structure.

Ali Alizadeh’s writings have elicited responses ranging from “brilliant” and “remarkable” to “harrowing” and “vicious.” His new novel is The Last Days of Jeanne d’Arc (Giramondo Publishing, 2017). He lectures at Monash University–Melbourne.

Judith Beveridge lives in Sydney. Her most recent collections are Devadatta’s Poems (Giramondo, 2014) and Hook and Eye: A Selection of Poems (George Braziller, 2014).

Tony Birch is a fiction writer, poet, and historian. His books are Shadowboxing (2006), Father’s Day (2009), Blood (2011), The Promise (2014), Ghost River (2015), and Broken Teeth (2016). He is a research fellow at Victoria University, Australia.

Michael Brennan is an Australian writer based in Tokyo, Japan. His books include The Imageless World (Salt, 2003), Unanimous Night (Salt, 2008), and Autoethnographic (Giramondo, 2012). His work has been published in French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

David Brooks, poet, essayist, novelist, is coeditor of Southerly, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Sydney, and the 2015-16 Australia Council Fellow in Fiction. His most recent publications are Open House (poetry, UQP), Napoleon’s Roads (short fiction, UQP), and Derrida’s Breakfast (essays, Brandl & Schlesinger). He lives in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales.

Kevin Brophy is the author of fourteen books of poetry, prose, and fiction. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of Melbourne. His latest book is This Is What Gives Us Time (GloriaSMH, 2016).

Michelle Cahill’s poems have appeared in Meanjin, London Magazine, and Wolf. Her third collection, The Herring Lass, is forthcoming with Arc, UK. She received the Val Vallis Award and was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards for Vishvarūpa. She coedited Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. In 2016 she was a visiting creative writing scholar at UNC–Charlotte.

Lucy Dougan’s latest book, The Guardians (Giramondo, 2015), was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. She works for the journal Westerly and teaches at Curtin University.

Robert Drewe’s novels, short stories, and nonfiction have won national and international prizes, been widely translated, and adapted for film, television, radio, and theater. He grew up on the West Australian coast, the setting for his memoirs The Shark Net and Montebello. His novels, all published by Penguin, include The Drowner, The Savage Crows, A Cry in the Jungle Bar, Grace, Our Sunshine, and Fortune, which won the National Book Council’s Fiction Prize, and the story collections The Bodysurfers, The Rip, and The Bay of Contented Men, which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize. Works in progress are the novel Whipbird and the story collection Doctor Pacific and Other Stories.

Stephen Edgar has published ten collections of poetry, the most recent being Exhibits of the Sun (Black Pepper, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in 2015. His selected poems, The Red Sea, is published in the US by Baskerville. Among his awards is the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal.

Peter Goldsworthy won the 1982 Commonwealth Poetry Prize and the 1988 Australian Bicentennial Poetry Prize. His 1995 novel, Wish, was recently rereleased in the Text Australian Classics series, and his 1989 novel, Maestro, as an Angus & Robertson Australian Classic. His most recent book is The Rise of the Machines and Other Love Poems (Pitt Street Poets).

Charmaine Papertalk Green is a Wajarri Badimaya poet belonging to the Yamaji Nation of Mid West Western Australia. She has been included in many anthologies of Aboriginal writing, most recently in Ora Nui: A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature (edited by Anton Blank and Kerry Reed-Gilbert). Her interests include social sciences research in primary health care for Aboriginal people, visual arts, and writing about the reality of Aboriginal people in rural Western Australia.

Paul Hetherington has recently published his tenth collection of poetry, Burnt Umber (UWA Publishing, 2016). He won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (poetry) and is professor of writing and head of the International Poetry Studies Institute at the University of Canberra. He was shortlisted for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and recently completed an Australia Council for the Arts residency at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome. He is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations.

Sarah Holland-Batt is the author of two collections of poetry, The Hazards (2015) and Aria (2008). She is the recipient of several honours, including the WG Walker Memorial Fulbright Scholarship and a literature residency at the Australia Council BR Whiting Studio Library in Rome. Her work has appeared in New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is presently a member of the creative writing faculty at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

Clive James is an Australian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator, and memoirist, best known for his autobiographical series “Unreliable Memoirs.”

Bella Li is a freelance writer and editor, a managing coeditor at Five Islands Press, and a recent guest editor of Cordite (issue 55: Future Machines). Her chapbook, Maps, Cargo (Vagabond Press, 2013), was shortlisted for the Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Her first full-length collection, a book of poetry, photography, and collage, is Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017).

David McCooey is a prize-winning poet and critic. His full-length poetry collections, Outside (2011) and Blister Pack (2005), were shortlisted for six major Australian literary awards. Blister Pack won the Mary Gilmore Award for a first collection. He is the deputy general editor of the prize-winning Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009), published internationally by Norton as The Literature of Australia. He is also a sound artist. His album of “poetry soundtracks,” Outside Broadcast (2013), is available as a digital download. He is professor (personal chair) in literature and writing at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, where he lives.

Peter Minter is a leading Australian poet, poetry editor, and writer on poetry and poetics. He teaches English, creative writing, and Indigenous studies at the University of Sydney.

Philip Neilsen’s most recent collection of poetry is Without an Alibi (Salt, 2008); he coedited The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing (2012) and Creative Arts in Counselling and Mental Health (Sage, 2015). He teaches poetry and poetics at the University of Queensland and is an adjunct professor at Queensland University of Technology.

Paddy O’Reilly is the author of three novels and two short story collections. Her work has been published internationally and has won or been shortlisted for a number of major prizes. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

Ouyang Yu has published seventy-seven books in both English and Chinese in the fields of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, literary translation, and criticism. His second book of English poetry, Songs of the Last Chinese Poet, was shortlisted for the 1999 NSW Premiers Literary Award. His third novel, The English Class, won the 2011 NSW Premiers Award, and his translation in Chinese of The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes won the Translation Award from the Australia-China Council in 2014. He is now professor of English at the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics in Shanghai, China.

Geoff Page is based in Canberra and has published twenty-two collections of poetry as well as two novels and five verse novels. His recent books include Gods and Uncles (Pitt Street Poetry, 2015) and Plevna: A Biography in Verse (UWA Publishing, 2016). He also edited The Best Australian Poems 2014 and 2015 (Black Inc).

Gig Ryan’s New and Selected Poems (Giramondo) was published in Australia in 2011 and in UK in 2012 as Selected Poems (Bloodaxe) and was winner of the Grace Leven Poetry Prize and the NSW Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She is poetry editor of Age newspaper, a freelance reviewer, and has also written songs for her previous bands, Disband and Driving Past. She currently lives in Melbourne.

Tracy Ryan comes from Western Australia. Her most recent collection of poetry is Hoard (Whitmore Press, 2015); she has also published four novels, the latest of which is Claustrophobia (Transit Lounge, 2014).

Philip Salom has published fourteen books of poetry, including the Keepers trilogy: Keepers, The Keeper of Fish, and Keeping Carter and the Alterworld trilogy: Sky Poems, The Well Mouth, and Alterworld. Included among his awards are the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (twice), the Newcastle Poetry Prize (twice), and the Christopher Brennan Award “for poetry of sustained quality and distinction.” In 2016 he published his third novel Waiting (by his usual publisher, Puncher & Wattmann).

Jaya Savige’s poetry collections include Maze Bright (Vagabond Rare Objects, 2014), Surface to Air (UQP, 2011), and Latecomers (UQP, 2005). He was born in Sydney, grew up on Bribie Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland, and teaches at the New College of the Humanities–London.

Kim Scott is a multiaward-winning novelist. He is founder of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Stories Project (www.wirlomin.com.au) and professor of writing at Curtin University.

Maria Takolander is the author of two full-length poetry collections, The End of the World (Giramondo, 2014) and Ghostly Subjects (Salt, 2009); a book of short stories, The Double (Text, 2013); and a work of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground (Peter Lang, 2007). Her poems have been widely anthologised, appearing annually in The Best Australian Poems (Black Inc) and/or The Best Australian Poetry (UQP) since 2005, as well as in Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011) and Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry (Turnrow, 2014). She is an associate professor at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia.

Andrew Taylor is the author of more than fifteen books of poetry, his most recent major publications being Collected Poems and The Unhaunting (Salt Publishing, UK, 2004 and 2009). He has recently left Perth in Western Australia and now divides his time between Sydney and Wiesbaden, Germany.

Brenda Walker has written four novels and one memoir. The most recent novel, The Wing of Night (Penguin, 2006) won the Asher Award, the Nita B. Kibble Award, and was shortlished for the Miles Franklin Award. Her memoir, Reading by Moonlight (Hamish Hamilton, 2010) won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Nonfiction and the Nita B. Kibble Award. She is chair of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia.

Chris Wallace-Crabbe is an Australian poet and emeritus professor in the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne.

Fay Zwicky has published eight books of poetry, the most recent of which is Picnic (Giramondo, 2006). Her awards include the NSW Premier’s Award, the WA Premier’s Award, the Patrick White Award, and the Christopher Brennan Award.

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