Ed Carmine is a Creative Writing and Literature student at Swinburne University who thoroughly enjoys the process of character building. His day to day public transport trips provide priceless inspiration for his short stories. He may never bother getting his drivers license
Evie Kendal is a feminist bioethicist and literary critic from Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include representations of reproductive biotechnology in science fiction, legal and ethical issues for end-of-life care, and feminist issues in young adult literature and film.
Charlotte Duff is a writer and editor living in Melbourne.
She is currently completing her first novel.
Ron Barton is an English teacher who has twice been published by Ginninderra Press (If God is a Poet, 2012; Unremarkable, 2014) and Tincture Journal (2013) and, more recently, he has had poems displayed at the Sydney Fringe Festival and the University of Western Australia. In 2014 he had poetry appear in Windmills (published through Deakin University) and self-published a collection of short stories, Paved With Words, that is geared at a YA audience. In addition to his own writing Ron has also coordinated a Young Writers’ Festival held in the Rockingham district in an effort to support WA’s creative youth.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Allan Lake has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Perth (WA), Tasmania, Sicily and at present Melbourne. His collection, SandintheSole(2014)waslaunchedattheTasmanianPoetryFestival.
In 2015 Lake won the Elwood Poetry Prize. During 2016 his poems appeared in Australian journals Meniscus, Plumwood Mountain Journal, Poetica Christi anthology and Poetry Matters.
Brendan Leigh is an Australian writer, currently studying at Swinburne. He writes a lot of fantasy, realist and sci-fi fiction, depending on the day.
Bill Cotter has been writing short stories and poetry for forty years, He has won a number of literary awards, including the poetry prize for the International Library of Poetry, the Maryborough Golden Wattle Festival poetry prize and the Melbourne Shakespeare Society sonnet prize.His work has appeared in journals throughout Australia. Ginninderra Press has published eight books of his poetry, a collection of short stories and a short play for voices.
Lyn Chatham lives in Geelong. She works as a teacher of adult literacy. She has had work published in the genres of short fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her story, ‘Mars Bars and Lawson,’ was included in the anthology Tales of the Blackboard. In 2005, her book, Martino’s Story, the memoir of an Italian migrant, was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and she has written media analyses for the magazines Australian Screen Education and Metro. Her poetry has been published in Australian print and online literary journals, including Blue Dog, blast and e:foam.
Rebecca Jane is a student from the Yarra Valley currently studying writing and film in Bachelor of Arts. Her stories have been published twice in a Queensland Magazine, which has also shown one of her illustrations. She enjoys books and films of all genres, and has devoted the other half of her soul to music and bands. While working multiple hospitality and retail jobs, and working on her first novel, Rebecca is also exploring moving into drawings and professional illustrations as an option for her future.
Many of her works and commissions can be found here: http://fhyeah1.deviantart.com/
Nicole Russo is the Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal. Currently studying her final year of Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University. She loves reading novels as it allows her to get lost in different fantastical worlds, experience the lives of many characters, and indulge in diverse and enthralling writing styles. Her favourite way to enjoy this pastime is to curl up on a couch with a blanket, tea, chocolate, and her kindle. Nicole hopes to one day work at a book publishing company, so she can be surrounded by talented authors, new and alluring stories, and basically work in the heart of her passion.
Trina Denner is currently engaged in a PhD project, examining YA fiction through the creation of an artefact and exegesis.
Julia Pre has a PhD in Writing and Literature. Julia is a short fiction addict. Her short stories have been longlisted, shortlisted and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK), Glimmer Train (US), Séan Ó Faoláin Competition, Munster Literature Centre (Cork City, Ireland), Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize. Julia’s theoretical work has been published:Current Narratives, AAWP, New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (UK), Testimony Witness Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience (UK: Cambridge Scholars Press).
Skye Jenner is studying her Masters of Writing and has an unhealthy obsession with books of all sizes and shapes. She enjoys writing fantasy and contemporary YA stories, and has been recently employed by MadeGlobal Publishing as a publicity writer. In the little free time that she has left, she is normally seen chasing her not-so-well-behaved Beagle across the paddocks screaming for her to come back
Katie Ryman is a Professional Writing and Editing student at Swinburne. She has wanted to be a writer since she was five and has recently come to the conclusion that in order to make that happen she might actually have to get some writing done. She divides her time evenly between worrying that she doesn’t write enough, actually working on her novel, and wishing that she could wake up tomorrow and just be Neil Gaiman (or someone half that good, she really isn’t picky). Once or twice she has tried to produce a story that wandered tentatively away from the realms of fantasy and horror, but she’s learnt her lesson now.
Her other stories can be found at: filloryandfurther.wordpress.com
Clare Millar studies creative writing / literature and professional writing / editing at Swinburne University. She’s part of the editorial committee at Voiceworks where she focuses on poetry. Clare also teaches creative writing to children at Creative Write-It. “Fishbowl Astronaut”, “276” and “Identity: A Recipe of Crumbs” are her first publication. You can find her on twitter @claresmillar
Kainat Azhar is a Pakistani writer and illustrator who has never formally studied the two. She hides behind the mask of a computer science major and is interested in almost everything that does not involve socializing. Her work can be found in Fog Machine, Eunoia Review, Brain Knittings and E-tribune Pakistan. Literature, music and art were the escape routes for her once; now they have become her best pals. She has dedicated her life to them and wants to pursue a career in writing and painting. At times, she secretly teaches math or physics to high school students. She tweets at twitter.com/Kainat_Azhar.
Keren Heenan is the winner of a number of Australian short story awards, including the Alan Marshall award, Southern Cross and Hal Porter competitions, also 2nd in the Fish Award (Ire) 2015. Her stories have been published in Australian journals and anthologies, including: Overland, Island, Wet Ink, Forty South Anthology 2015, and 2016, Award Winning Australian Writing 2010, 2011 and 2015, and in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2014, and Fish Anthology 2015 (Ire.)
Jac Mason is a Sub-editor of Backstory journal. He is currently studying Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne. He enjoys writing satirical and dark comedy pieces and if he is ever half as good as Kurt Vonnegut he will die happy. He is currently working on a manuscript for a novel, a cartoon and being a better human.
Karina is a primary school teacher from Queensland, with a background in Anthropology and Creative Writing. Her recent travels to Palestine, hearing countless stories of oppression, resistance, love and fear, have reignited her passion for writing about human rights issues.
Sue Goss is a Melbourne writer, journalist and editor. Among other works, she has published an autobiography, novel, poetry, short stories and interviews as well as editing the work of new writers. She teaches creative and life story writing.
Scherezade Siobhan is a Jungian scarab moonlighting as a clinical psychologist. Her writing has been translated into multiple languages as well as featured in various digital and physical spaces and can be found in literary magazines such as DIAGRAM, Winter Tangerine, The Nervous Breakdown, tnYPress, Potluck, Mandala Journal, Queenmobs, Realpants among many others. She has been featured in anthologies, international galleries, rehab centers and in the bios of okcupid users. Her digital collection of poems “Bone Tongue” was published by Thought Catalog Books and her full length poetry book “Father, Husband” was recently released by Salopress UK, her poetry pamphlet of Sufi poems is forthcoming from Pyramid Editions. She is a Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net nominee for writing. In 2016, she created and now curates a global conversation called “the Mira project” where women and women identified folks are encouraged to respond gendered violence with healing through arts.
The son of a public servant and teacher, James Nicolson was born and bred in Australia’s capital. His parents afforded him the opportunity to live in France, Brisbane and Fiji during his formative years. After finishing high school, James put off higher education to pursue an illustrious career in underwater ceramic hygiene, before returning to study at age 26.
Naive as only the youth can be – an attribute he intends to keep in an effort to age gracefully – he elected to pursue studies in Journalism, with the understanding that Journalists merely write stories for a hobby yet drink professionally. However, his studies in philosophy have led him to consider a career in something entirely unemployable, rather than merely sustain himself as part of a dying breed on the basis of ‘transferable skill-sets’.
His reading habits constitute mostly science fiction and fantasy, and he cites Robert Jordan, Peter F Hamilton and Iain M. Banks as his inspirations. He also read Game of Thrones a long time before it was cool.
Shaun Perry is a student, freelance writer and poet. He has written for various online publications such as Thick Jam and The Adept writer. With his writing, he likes to explore ideas that bewilder him in one way or another. Ideas that he’s come across on long drives, where he has to chew on them for a while.
When he’s not clouded in university assignments, you can generally find him on a beach reading Bukowski with a coffee and a burger, or cheering on his football team, the Richmond Tigers.
Arianne James is a writer of fiction and a lover of words, books, people, long conversations, eavesdropping, music, stars, cats and many other beautiful things in between. In February 2015 and 2016 Arianne spent a week at Varuna House in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia. She considers these residencies some of the most rewarding and enriching experiences of her life. Arianne has recently had one of her short stories, ‘The Secret Art of Grieving’ published in the Hunter Writers Centre 2015 ‘Grieve’ Anthology. She lives on the mysterious island of Tasmania, a place shrouded in stories making it the perfect place to write. Arianne is currently studying creative writing at University and dreams of publishing a collection of short stories and a novel (or three) in the not too distant future.
Matthew Jones is a 20 year old Psychology major at Swinburne University of Technology. He has spent the past few years exploring a variety creative mediums. “High-Wasted Genes” is his first endeavour into fictional writing and he is pleased to have it published by Other Terrain journal. He feels very welcomed into the creative writing community and looks forward to further exploring fictional expression.
Senaj Alijevski is a Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal and is studying Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University. She is a motivated activist for organisations such as “We Are Union” and Trades Hall city council. She writes fiction in the crime and romance genres, enjoys writing creative non-fiction, and is inspired by the work of Khaled Hossieni. She aspires to continue writing and travelling around Europe.
Teuila Krause is a Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal and third year Professional Writing and Editing student at Swinburne. With a love of storytelling, her current goal in life (other than to sing as hauntingly beautiful as Karen Carpenter, sans alcoholic beverages) is to write for screen. When not quoting films, she enjoys reading non-fiction titles and has her eyes set on writing projects involving Polynesian history and indigenous affairs in the near future.
Ana-Teona Tinc is a Sub-editor of Backstory journal. She began writing ever since she gave up on a career in Science and Mathematics in her primary school days. Studying Professional Writing and Law, her journey through the writing scene is focused on finding the power of words and the sweet, sickening nectar that can be derived from them. Many of her publications revolve around environmental and social change with bursts of erratic and abstract thoughts – most of which don’t leave the first draft.
Oscar O’Neill-Pugh is a Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal. He has been writing stories and poetry for as long as he remembers. Thankfully, none of his earlier pieces have seen the light of day. Oscar enjoys writing both free verse and rhyming poetry. There have been many sleepless nights filled with him worrying if dead poets would like his work. His idols include Baudelaire, T.S Eliot, Hunter S. Thompson, Nabokov, Dante, Shakespeare and Nick Cave. Spotting references in some of Oscar’s work is like a game of Where’s Wally, except a little more obvious. His other interests include films, gaming, tabletop games and acting; so if you have any upcoming projects or, even better, jobs that need an actor – let him know!
James Palmer is a Sub-editor of Backstory. He is a Melbourne based writer, editor, game developer, and fertiliser salesman. Knee-deep in his Bachelor of Arts, James spends much of his time skulking around Swinburne University’s Hawthorn campus, drawing energy from banana bread and black coffee. James is currently the Treasurer and Social Media Manager of the Swinburne Guild of Writers, and is occasionally credited as J. Parker.
Tina Tsironis is a freelance writer in her final year studying Media and Communications at Swinburne University of Technology. An ultra sarcastic, pocket-sized hot sauce lover, she has lived to write since she possessed the ability to pick up a pen. Tina has written a number of lighthearted pieces for TV news website Beamly, where her love for playful media analysis was allowed to fully flourish. She has also written a number of short stories about eating disorders, physical assault, and murderous bogan lovers. She is looking forward to seeing her piece about autism published by Other Terrain journal.
Andy Goss is a Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal. Law school dropout, bookseller, computer programmer, advertorial writer, and now again a student, Andy Goss’ main interests these days are in early 20th Century history, maritime history, fiction and its context, the arcane, and the occult. A long time ago Andy sold a story to Overland, and more recently his fiction and non-fiction appeared in Box Hill Institute’s Avant. The years between saw more of Andy’s short ‘Careers In…’ pieces appearing in The Age advertising supplements than he cares to remember. Andy is now in the final, he hopes, year of a Professional Writing and Editing degree at Swinburne, as a ramp-up for a couple of substantial writing projects, one of which, surely, will bring him wealth and fame.
Abby Claridge is a Sub-editor at Other Terrain journal. She has changed more than she thought possible in that last 20 years, but a constant in her life will always be writing and creativity. Now studying professional writing and editing, she has a passion for not only writing her own pieces but improving the work of others. Her over-active imagination will never stop thinking up new and crazy ideas that keep her up at night and her passion for writing will only continue to feed it.
Sarah Giles is a Sub-editor of Other Terrain journal. A student studying Professional Writing and Editing at Swinburne University, she was recently published in ‘The Victorian Writer’ and has plans to become the next J. K Rowling.
Wendy J. Dunn is Co-Senior Editor of Other Terrain journal. She has been obsessed by Anne Boleyn and Tudor History since she was ten-years-old. She is the author of two Anne Boleyn novels: Dear Heart, How Like You This?, the winner of the 2003 Glyph Fiction Award and 2004 runner up in the Eric Hoffer Award for Commercial Fiction, and The Light in the Labyrinth, her first young adult novel. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Wendy is married and the mother of three sons and one daughter – named after a certain Tudor queen, surprisingly, not Anne. She gained her Doctorate of Philosophy (Writing) from Swinburne University in 2014.
Eloise Faichney is the Co-Senior Editor of Other Terrain. Eloise recently completed a Master of Arts (Writing) at Swinburne University of Technology and attended the Yale Writer’s Conference in June 2016. Her work has been published in Stormcloud Poets Anthology, Bukker Tillibul and SMUT Zine. A spaghetti bolognese enthusiast, history nerd and future zombie apocalypse survivor, she writes because she tried not to, and failed.