Nessa O’Mahony

Nessa O’Mahony was born in Dublin and lives there. She won the National Women’s Poetry Competition in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Patrick Kavanagh Prize and Hennessy Literature Awards. She has published four books – Bar Talk, appeared (1999), Trapping a Ghost(2005), In Sight of Home(2009) and Her Father’s Daughter(2014). She is co-editor with Siobhán Campbell of Eavan Boland: Inside History, co-editor of Metamorphic: 21stcentury poets respond to Ovid(with Paul Munden) and presents The Attic Sessions, a monthly literary podcast.

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Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill is a Sydney poet. Her recent collection The Herring Lass was published by Arc in the UK. She has lived in England, Australia and Kenya. Letter to Pessoa won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing and was shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Queensland Literary Awards for Short Story. Her honours include the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize, the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize shortlist and the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. Vishvarūpa was shortlisted in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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Ali Whitelock

Ali Whitelock is a Scottish poet and writer. Her memoir,  ‘Poking seaweed with a stick …’ was published to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK. Her debut poetry collection, ‘and my heart crumples like a coke can’ will be published mid-2018 by Wakefield Press. Her poems have appeared in The Moth Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, Gutter Magazine, NorthWords Now, The Poets’ Republic, Ink Sweat & Tears, The Red Room Company, Beautiful Losers Magazine and The Pittsburgh Quarterly. Her poem, ‘the cumquats of christmas past’ has been entered by Ink Sweat & Tears into The Forward Prize for Best Poem of 2018.


Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams is a writer from Victoria’s surf coast currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Swinburne, majoring in creative writing. He has been inspired by countless writers since first reading Harry Potter at a young age, but would mention Cormac McCarthy, Neil Gaiman and Paul Stewart as notable influences.

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Moya Pacey

Moya Pacey was born and grew up in Middlesbrough in the north of England. She came to Canberra in 1978 when it was a country town masquerading as a city and taught English until she retired in 2005. Her second collection, Black Tulips was published by Recent Work Press in 2017. Her first, The Wardrobe (Ginninderra Press) was runner up for the ACT Writers’ Centre Poetry Award in 2010. Her poems are published widely in Australia and overseas and have appeared on buses and gallery walls and won prizes. In 2015, she published One Last Border: Poetry for Refugees with Hazel Hall and Sandra Renew (Ginninderra Press). She is co-editor with Sandra Renew and Tikka Wilson of the online poetry journal Not Very Quiet. .With Sandra Renew, she curates a space for women’s poetry @ Smiths Alternative every third Monday as part of @ That Poetry Thing Every Monday @Smiths

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Fiona Perry

Fiona’s short stories and poetry have been published in The Irish Literary Review, Spontaneity Magazine, Into The Void, Dodging The Rain and Skylight47 amongst others. She grew up in Ireland but has lived most of her adult life in England and Australia. She currently lives in New Zealand. Follow her on Twitter @Fionaperry17.

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S. Nagaveeran (Ravi).

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ravi Nagaveeran was a detainee for more than three years in Nauru and Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation. Now living in the Australian community, Ravi uses his poems as a tool to express his feelings and experiences in the detention system through the art of poetry.


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Lizz Murphy

Lizz Murphy has published 13 books including eight poetry titles. PressPress published her micropoetry books Shebird (PressPress), Portraits and Six Hundred Dollars; Ginninderra Press recently reprinted Walk the Wildly. Spinifex Press published Two Lips went Shopping as well as her best-known anthology Wee Girls: Women Writing from an Irish Perspective. Lizz is widely published in Australian and overseas journals/anthologies and has won some awards. She is currently The Canberra Times Poetry Editor. Lizz was born in Belfast and has lived in Binalong NSW for a long time.

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Ramon Loyola

Ramon Loyola co-edits the Discoursing Diaspora project of the creative arts online journal, Verity La. He is a Philippines-born writer of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and legal scholarly articles. His writing has appeared in various publications, including Cordite Poetry Review, Rambutan Literary, Gargouille, Pink Cover Zine, Husk, Pencilled In, Verity La, Tincture Journal, Peril Magazine, Blank Rune Press, In Short Publishing, Indolent Books’ HIV Here & Now project, VerseWrights, Bluepepper, Australian Latino Press, Paper Lens, Hot Cross Haiku, and in a number of Blank Rune Press anthologies. His latest poetry collection, The Measure of Skin, is part of Vagabond Press’ deciBels chapbook series published in 2018. He lives in Sydney.

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Mohammad Ali Maleki

Mohammad Ali Maleki is a poet originally from Iran. He has been writing from within Australia’s prison camp in Manus Province, Papua New Guinea, over the past two years. Mohammad previously worked as a tailor and film/theatre set builder. In Manus prison he built a garden and much of his writing has grown with the life-sustaining practice of gardening.


Mansour Shoshtari, also exiled to Manus, works closely with Mohammad to translate his work from Farsi to English. Mohammad’s poems have been published in Verity La, Blue Pepper and Rochford Street Review, and he was shortlisted for the Red Room Company’s New Shoots Poetry Prize 2016. His poems were performed in Writing Through Fences’ bilingual show Through The Moon at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival.


Mohammad has published a small, illustrated poetry book, The Strong Sunflower, (Writing Through Fences, 2018) and a chapbook of his work, Truth in the Cage, (ed. Michele Seminara) is to be released later in 2018.


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Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle began the first of her highly acclaimed Obernewtyn Chronicles while she was still at high school and worked on it while completing a Bachelor of Arts and then a journalism cadetship. The first book was accepted by the first publisher she sent it to and went on to be short-listed in the Older Readers section of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award for older readers. The series and her short stories have established her at the forefront of fantasy writing in Australia.


Isobelle is currently working on The Red Queen, the final book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles, and the screenplay for Greylands, on a Film Australia grant.  She has also begun a PhD at the University of Queensland.


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Richard James Allen

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Richard James Allen is an Australian born poet whose writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online over forty years.  His latest book, The short story of you and I, is forthcoming from UWA Publishing.  Previous books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.  Former Artistic Director of the Poets Union Inc., and director of the inaugural Australian Poetry Festival, Allen co-edited the landmark anthology, Performing the Unnameable: An Anthology of Australian Performance Texts (Currency Press/RealTime).  Recipient of numerous awards, nominations, and grants, as well as opportunities for presentations, screenings and broadcasts, in a unique international career as a critically acclaimed writer, director, choreographer and performer for stage and screen, he also won the Chancellor’s Award for most outstanding PhD thesis at the University of Technology, Sydney.

For further information about Richard, see these websites:

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Amira Nahas

Amira Nahas is a third-year student studying at Swinburne University. She enjoys editing and hopes to become an English teacher in the future, helping others write and improve their creative skill. Her favourite things to read are a fantasy and horror – anything that couldn’t possibly exist (but she wishes could).
She also enjoys watching anime and playing video games with her friends the day before her assignments are due.
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Joshua Kepreotis

Joshua Kepreotis is a writer from Sydney, Australia, and of Greek heritage. He recently published his first short story in HCE Review. He is intent on creating thought-provoking material with a focus on diversity of cultures and understanding the perspective of others. He completed a Masters in Creative Writing at Loughborough University and is in the process of writing his first novel.


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Lorne Johnson

Lorne Johnson lives in Erskineville and teaches at Ascham School. He is a fan of punk rock, Jim Jarmusch, classic American cars, Scandinavia, coffee, birding, bushwalking, AFL and boxing fitness. His poetry has appeared in many publications. Morton, a tribute to Morton National Park in NSW, was released by Pitt Street Poetry in 2016. He is currently editing a book of essays on the work of Peter Skrzynecki for Boraga Academic (available late 2018).

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Sandra Renew

Sandra Renew is a featured poet for a second year at the National Folk Festival 2018, and reads regularly at Canberra venues such as The Salt Room and Smith’s Alternative.

With Moya Pacey and Hazel Hall she published One Last Border: poetry for refugees in 2015 and in 2017 her poem ‘Twenty Boats’ was included in the poetry production of Under Sedation produced by Adele Chynoweth.

Sandra is a joint editor with Moya Pacey of Not Very Quiet, an on-line poetry journal for women’s poetry. She has two chapbooks available, Projected on the Wall, and Who Sleeps at Night. Website:

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Jordan King-LaCroix

Jordan King-Lacroix has achieved a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Sydney, and had his first play, The Catastrophists, presented at the Seymour Centre as a part of the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival. He has had short stories and poetry published in a number of publications including Crimson Streets, Backstory (Issue 4), The Mad Visions of al-Hazred, Colors in Darkness: Forever Vacancy, Harbinger Asylum (Fall 2016), Stitched Smile Presents Unleashed: Monsters vs Zombies, Polar Borealis #4, and Red Room Company’s The Disappearing project. He is working on his first novel.

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Kylie Adams

Kylie Adams is an English teacher residing in Germany. She is currently completing an MA in Writing with aspirations of becoming a published author. She mostly writes creative non-fiction and historical fiction and, at present, is working on a historical fiction novel set in Germany during World War 2.

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Eileen Chong

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Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet who was born in Singapore. She is the author of six books, the most recent being Rainforest, from Pitt Street Poetry. Individual poems of hers have shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize, twice for the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and longlisted three times for the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s Literary Awards. Her books have shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, and twice for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.

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Jackie Benney

Jackie lives in south-west Sydney and has been teaching in the secondary education system as a visual arts teacher and learning support teacher coordinator for over 20 years. Her artwork, containing a strong social justice focus, has been exhibited in solo shows since 2007. She works predominantly in drawing media with brush and ink, as well as working on figurative subject matter which depicts concepts stemming from her everyday interactions and experiences. An enduring thread in her practice has been the plight of asylum seekers and the innocence of children. Jackie worked as a volunteer for two years at Villawood detention centre providing art classes for children and mothers.

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Reece Pye

Reece Pye is an undergraduate student at Swinburne University, and enjoys reading and writing fiction in his spare time. He hopes to one day become a successfully published novelist, or else working in the field of journalism when he finally completes his degree in 2018.    

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N.L.King was born in Dublin, Ireland and now calls Australia home. Nadia is an author, blogger, and presenter.

Her debut book, Jenna’s Truth, is published by boutique small press, Serenity Press based in Western Australia.

‘Inspired by the real-life story of the late Canadian teenager Amanda Todd, this story puts a human face on cyberbullying…[and is] a deeply affecting, valuable story and educational tool.’ — Kirkus Reviews

Nadia enjoys writing contemporary young adult fiction and short fiction, and lives in Western Australia with her family.

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Christine Hill.

Christine Hill is a perinatal psychotherapist, midwife, and writer. Her essay, ‘ How could you do this to us?, was awarded the Writers Victoria 2017 Grace Marion Wilson Prize for non-fiction and was first published in The Victorian Writer (Oct/Nov 2017).

This essay ignited Issues five of Backstory and Other Terrain and our theme:


‘To be an artist means to never avert one’s eyes’ ~ Akira Kurosawa.

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Michael D. Higgins, Uachtarán Na h-Éireann, President of Ireland

On November 2011, Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth President of Ireland.

A passionate political voice, a poet and writer, academic and statesman, human rights advocate, promoter of inclusive citizenship and champion of creativity within Irish society, Michael D. Higgins has previously served at every level of public life in Ireland, including as Ireland’s first Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht.

Michael D. Higgins was born on 18 April 1941 in Limerick city and was raised in County Clare, Ireland. He was a factory worker and a clerk before becoming the first in his family to access higher education. He studied at the University College Galway, Indiana University and the University of Manchester.

Michael D. Higgins is married to Sabina Higgins and they have four children. Sabina was a founding member of the Focus theatre and the Stanislavsky Studio in Dublin.

As a lecturer in political science and sociology in National University of Ireland, Galway, and in the United States, Michael D. Higgins was a passionate proponent for the extension of access to third level education beyond the walls of established universities. He was centrally involved in the development of extra-mural studies at National University of Ireland, Galway, and he travelled extensively across the West of Ireland to provide accessible evening classes for interested citizens.

A desire to work more directly for equality and justice led Michael D. Higgins to enter public life and he went on to serve as a public representative at many levels from Councillor and Mayor of Galway city to nine years in the Seanad and 25 in Dáil Éireann, the National Parliament of Ireland.

As Ireland’s first Minister for the Arts from 1993 to 1997, Michael D. Higgins’s achievements include the reinvigoration of the Irish film industry, the establishment of Teilifís na Gaeilge, now TG4, and the repeal of censorship under Section 31 of the Broadcasting Acts. He also established a rich network of local arts and cultural venues which brought crucial access to citizens across Ireland to these facilities. Moreover, he drove the revitalisation of Ireland’s canal network, resulting in 1,000 kilometres of navigable waterways, supporting thousands of jobs, and creating wealth in many rural and economically deprived areas of the nation.

Michael D. Higgins has, like many in Ireland, seen generations of his family emigrate. He has a strong interest and solidarity with the Irish abroad and has been a regular visitor to Irish Centres in Britain.

Throughout his life, Michael D. Higgins has campaigned for human rights and for the promotion of peace and democracy in Ireland and in many other parts of the world, from Nicaragua and Chile to Cambodia, Iraq and Somalia. In 1992, Michael D. Higgins was the first recipient of the Seán McBride Peace Prize from the International Peace Bureau in Helsinki, in recognition of his work for peace and justice in many parts of the world.

Michael D. Higgins is also a writer and poet, contributing to many books covering diverse aspects of Irish politics, sociology, history and culture. He has published three collections of essays – “When Ideas Matter” (Head of Zeus, 2016); “Causes for Concern – Irish Politics, Culture and Society” (Liberties Press, 2007) and “Renewing the Republic” (Liberties Press, 2012). He has also published four collections of poetry – “The Betrayal (Salmon Poetry, 1990); “The Season of Fire” (Brandon Book Publishers, 1993); An Arid Season” (New Island Books, 2004); and “New and Selected Poems” (Liberties Press, 2011).

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Tricia Dearborn

Tricia Dearborn’s poetry has been widely published in Australian literary journals such as Meanjin, Southerly, Island Magazine and Westerly, as well as in the UK, the US, Ireland and New Zealand. Her work is represented in significant anthologies including Contemporary Australian Poetry (2016), Australian Poetry since 1788 (2011) and The Best Australian Poems 2012 and 2010. Her latest collection of poetry is The Ringing World (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012).

Dearborn is on the editorial board of Plumwood Mountain, an online journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, and was Guest Poetry Editor for the February 2016 issue. She has been a featured reader at many events, including the Newcastle Writers’ Festival 2017 and the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2012. Earlier this year she undertook a Residential Fellowship at Varuna, the Writers’ House. She is currently completing her third collection, Autobiochemistry, with the support of an Australia Council grant.

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Jane Theau

Creating work that is as immaterial as possible is my starting point.

The world is overwhelmed by a surfeit of things, so I try not to contribute to the burden. My work is either barely there, created from thread and shadows, or made using materials that have had previous lives.

The thread works, even as room sized installations, weigh just a few grams and are fashioned from cotton and tarlatan. They are like drawings in the air. Tarlatan is a type of sized muslin that is used in the printmaking process to wipe the ink from plates before printing. I source it from the garbage bins in the printmaking studio at UNSW Art & Design and Cicada Press. Most of the sculptures are made from recycled materials: scientific glassware, broken wine glasses, old spectacles, guitar strings, Japanese fishing floats, cello bows, and from ceramics.

Underpinning my work is a worry about the unsustainability of continual economic growth as society’s dominant, unchallenged paradigm, the consequence of this – unthinking consumption, and the outcome – climate change. I try not to be heavy handed, and rather hope to create works that impinge lightly on the world, and have a bit of humour, but it’s not so funny. We need to consume less, or we will soon be sunbaking in Oslo.

I have a Master of Art from Art & Design, University of New South Wales, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University, NewYork, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Biomedical Science) from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is the author of, most recently, Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017) and The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison (Tupelo Press, 2015), winner of the Dorset Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the New York Times, The Best American Poetry 2017, Ploughshares, Tin House, AGNI, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem “Good Bones” went viral internationally and was called the “Official Poem of 2016” by Public Radio International. Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Sustainable Arts Foundation. She lives and writes in Ohio, USA.

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Eleanor Hooker

Eleanor Hooker’s second collection, A Tug of Blue (Dedalus Press) was published in October 2016. Her first, The Shadow Owner’s Companion was shortlisted for the Strong/Shine award for Best First collection from 2012. Her poems appear in literary journals internationally, including: Poetry (Chicago), Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review (UK), The Stinging Fly, Punch Magazine (India), and Kalligram (Hungary). Her profile and a selection of her poems are featured on the Irish page of the Poetry International website. Eleanor holds an MPhil (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin, an MA (Hons) in Cultural History from the University of Northumbria, and a BA (Hons 1st) from the Open University. Website

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Maeve O’Sullivan

Maeve O’Sullivan’s poetry and haiku have been widely published and anthologised. She is the author of three collections from Alba Publishing (UK): Initial Response (2011), Vocal Chords (2014) and A Train Hurtles West (2015). A fourth travel-themed collection, Elsewhere, is published by Alba in November 2017. Maeve is a founder member of Haiku Ireland and the Hibernian Poetry Workshop. Twitter: @writefromwithin.

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Nathanael O’Reilly

Nathanael O’Reilly was born and raised in Australia. He has travelled on five continents and spent extended periods in England, Ireland, Germany, Ukraine and the United States, where he currently resides. His poems have appeared in journals and anthologies in nine countries, including Antipodes, Australian Love Poems, Cordite, FourW, Glasgow Review of Books, LiNQ, Mascara, Postcolonial Text, Snorkel, Tincture, Transnational Literature, Verity La and The Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2017. O’Reilly is the recipient of an Emerging Writers Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. He is the author of Preparations for Departure (UWAP Poetry, 2017), Distance (Picaro Press, 2014; Ginninderra Press, 2015) and the chapbooks Cult (Ginninderra Press, 2016), Suburban Exile (Picaro Press, 2011) and Symptoms of Homesickness (Picaro Press, 2010). He was the writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers’ Centre in May 2017.

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Tiana Clark

Tiana Clark is the author of Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2017 Furious Flower’s Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Poetry Prize, 2016 Academy of American Poets University Prize, and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Best New Poets 2015, BOAAT, Crab Orchard Review, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush, The Journal, and elsewhere. She recently graduated from Vanderbilt’s M.F.A. program where she served as the poetry editor of the Nashville Review. She is currently the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. You can find more info at

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Michele Seminara

Michele Seminara is a poet and editor from Sydney. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Cordite, Tincture, Seizure and Mascara Literary Review. Her first poetry collection, Engraft, was published by Island Press (2016), and a collaborative chapbook, Scar to Scar, (written with Robbie Coburn) was published by PressPress (2016). Her latest publication is HUSH (Blank Rune Press, 2017). Michele is the managing editor of online creative arts journal Verity La. Find her on Twitter @SeminaraMichele and on her website at

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Tess Barry

Tess Barry was shortlisted for the 2015 Manchester Poetry Prize (UK). Twice a finalist for North American Review’s James Hearst Poetry Prize and Aesthetica Magazine’s (UK) Poetry Award, she also was shortlisted for the 2014 Bridport Poetry Prize (UK). Most recently, her poems appeared in or are forthcoming in And Other Poems (UK), The Compass Magazine (UK), Cordite Poetry Review (Australia), Mslexia (UK), Mudfish, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Stinging Fly (Ireland), and The Woven Tale Press Literary and Fine Arts Magazine. Barry is a Fellow of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and teaches literature and creative writing at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, USA. Website:

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Geoff Budden

Geoff Budden lives in St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada, where he practices law. He is the father of two teenage daughters. Geoff is a published poet. Many of his poems are founded on what he had been told, or overheard, or has come to believe about his own family history. He is working toward his first collection.

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Gerrit Bos

When not studying or working, Gerrit Bos has written creatively for over half his life. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Melbourne – graduating in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Philosophy. Before this degree was conferred, he went abroad studying and working in England and Holland respectively.

Upon returning to Australia, he completed a Master’s degree in Information Management & Systems at Monash University. And at the age of thirty, he returned to part-time study completing a further Master’s degree in Arts (Writing) at Swinburne University of Technology in 2006. At the beginning of the 2007 academic year, he commenced work towards his PhD in Writing at Swinburne, which is now complete. He has also published the short stories The Painter’s Swan (2014) and Echo as a Painter (2015) in Bukker Tillibul, the online journal of writing and practice-led research & is seeking a home for his PhD novel, The Night-shift Ending

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Rachel Flynn

Rachel Flynn is an occasional poet with a list of publications ranging from cultural commentary to observations of weather and landscape.

She is best known for her picture books and novels for children (Penguin), some of which have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Chinese and Korean. Her most widely read novel is Sacked in which Edward sacks his mother for not doing her mothering job to his requirements. Her most recently published book is Gus Dog Goes to Work (2017, Working Title Press).

Rachel has been teaching in Professional Writing Programs around Melbourne since 1995, and currently teaches subjects in fiction, non-fiction and research at the CAE.

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Sean O’Leary

Sean O’Leary is a writer from Melbourne. His fiction, non-fiction and interviews have been published in Quadrant, FourW, Page Seventeen, Bravado, Takahé, Wetink, Famous Reporter and He has published two short story collections, ‘My Town’ and ‘Walking’. His novella, ‘Drifting’ was the winner of ‘The Great Novella Search 2016’ and was published by Busybird Publishing in September, 2017.

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Sophie Masson

Born in Indonesia to French parents and brought up in Australia and France, Sophie Masson is the award-winning, internationally-published author of over 60 books, for children, young adults and adults. Her latest books include the YA historical thriller, Jack of Spades, three picture books, Two Rainbows, illustrated by Michael McMahon,  Once Upon An ABC, illustrated by Christopher Nielsen, Building Site Zoo, illustrated by Laura Wood, and the adult paranormal thriller duology, Trinity: The Koldun Code and Trinity: The False Prince, set in modern Russia.





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Nicole Russo

Nicole Russo is a 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.

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Ana-Teona Tinc

Ana-Teona Tinc is a past 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.

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Eloise Faichney

Eloise Faichney Co-senior editor of Other Terrain journal. She is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University in Australia. Her thesis investigates lacunae in the life narratives of women in 1930s Britain, reinterpreting the life writing of Scottish author Naomi Mitchison and introducing the life writing of Zita Baker. Her novel brings the narratives of the two women to life in fiction. Her creative work has been published in the Medical Journal of Australia, SMUT zine, Bukker Tilibul, Stormcloud Poets Anthology and others.