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|Famous Reporter # 31|
DAEL ALLISON has written numerous articles on building/arts, local history, and is currently immersed in her first novel. She has a BA Dip Ed, and teaches at a tertiary college. Dael also sculpts, draws, paints, gardens, builds mudbrick houses, mosaics and rock walls - and needs more time! Dael lives with her partner, two kids, a dog and a bird on a small bush farm with kangaroos and platypus in the creek.
IVY ALVAREZ grew up in Hobart. She is currently resident in Cardiff, Wales. Recently, she was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship for 2005.
JENNY BARNARD is married and lives on the outer edge of Hobart. Writing and reading poetry is a passion. Her chapbook collection First Blue appeared in September, 2005.
ROBERT JAMES BERRY has been published in the US, UK, New Zealand, Australia, Greece and Canada. His first poetry collection, Smoke, appeared in 2000, his second Stone (Ginninderra Press) in November 2004. He lives in Auckland.
TONY BEYERS most recent books are Electric Yachts (2003) and Isthmus (2004), both from Puriri Press in Auckland.
PAM BROWN: Since 1971 Pam has published fourteen books and four chapbooks of poetry. She was the poetry editor of the Australian national literary quarterly Overland magazine for five years from 1997 to 2002. She is currently associate editor of Jacket magazine, a contributing editor for the US-based literary annual, Fulcrum and a member of the editorial advisory board for HOW2. Pam Brown lives in Sydney
DAWN BRUCE, a widely published Sydney poet, has won numerous poetry awards and read her work on Sydney radio. Dawn was the coordinator of Somerset Poets for five years and is now leader of two general creative writing groups. Ginninderra Press published Dawns first collection of free verse and haiku, Stinging Silence in 2002. Her second collection, Tangible Shadows, appeared in November, 2005.
NATHALIE BUCKLAND is a hippy grandmother who lives in the dynamic village of Nimbin. She has written poetry since childhood. Single parenthood and a career in Early Childhood absorbed most of her creative energy for years, but she is now getting some of her work published in poetry journals, and avidly learning about haiku.
ANDREW BURKE is a poet and a writer with decades of publishing behind him. He has published a number of books of poetry, but the next one is always going to be the best. At present Andrew is writing a novel, its tentative title being High Spirits.
JENNIFER CHRYSTIE lives in Melbournes north-east and is a retired Science teacher. Her poems have appeared in Linq, Quadrant, Tears in the Fence (UK) and The Weekend Australian amongst others. Her first book of poetry has been accepted for publication by Ginninderra Press.
MARLENE CONLAN was born and raised in Brisbane, Australia, although now lives abroad, working as a photographer, writer and teacher. Marlene is a pseudonym.
JEANNINE CONNORS is a Hobart poet.
MICHAEL CRANE is a Melbourne poet and short story writer.
ZINNIA CYCLAMEN is a UK writer and funeral celebrant.
BARBARA DE FRANCESCHI lives with her husband in Broken Hill where they own and operate an earthmoving business. Her first collection of poems is entitled Lavender Blood.
MICHAEL DE VALLES haiku, poems and short stories have been published in several Australian journals and magazines. He is the current Woorilla Poet of the Dandenongs and his first collection of poetry, the fluorescent sun, was published by Woorilla in April. His first short story collection will be published by Mockingbird later this year.
MARTIN EDMOND is a distinguished New Zealand writer, screenwriter and poet. He lives in Sydney.
MERLENE FAWDRY writes short stories, vignettes and poems, a number of which have been published recently. She lives in northern Tasmania.
CAROLYN FISHER moved from the United Kingdom to a quiet corner on the northwest coast of Tasmania eleven years ago. She has had poems published in literary magazines in Australia and in the United Kingdom and is currently working toward a first collection of poetry with assistance from an Arts Tasmania and an Australian Council grant.
LORIN FORD is a Melbourne writer. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Blue Dog, Famous Reporter, Going Down Swinging, Saltlick, Poetrix and other magazines and journals. This year her haiku and senryu have appeared in paper wasp and the mozzie and she won equal first prize in the Annual Jack Stamm paper wasp haiku competition.
CLAIRE GASKIN lives and works teaching creative writing and yoga in Mansfield, country Victoria.
BEVERLEY GEORGE produces and edits Yellow Moon and the Society of Women Writers (NSW) newsletter. In 2004 she won first place in the Third Ashiya International Festa [Japan]; the British Haiku Society JW Hackett Award; the World Haiku Club Fourth Double Kukai 2003/2004 and the World Haiku Club R H Blyth Award 2004 for Haibun. She recently won first place in the W B Yeats Poetry Award, a Haiku Honourable Mention in the Seventh Suruga Baika Literary Festival 2005 and first place in two short story competitions.
JEFF GUESS: From a background of teaching English in high schools Jeff Guess now tutors at the University of South Australia and teaches poetry at the Adelaide Institute of TAFE. His eighth collection of poetry Winter Grace was launched during Writers' Week in March 2004.
PHILIP HAMMIALS most recent collection his nineteenth, entitled Voodoo Realities was published in November, 2005.
MARTIN HAWES was born in England and has lived in Tasmania since he was twelve. In his early teens he discovered a passion for bushwalking that has led him to spend much of his life in the Tasmanian wilderness, often on solo expeditions of 2-3 weeks' duration. After graduating in pure mathematics at the Australian National University, Martin began working as a semi-professional wilderness photographer. He produced his first book, Above me only sky: A portrait of the Tasmanian Wilderness, in 1981, and he has continued to photograph wilderness to the present time. His most recent book is twelve principles: living with integrity in the twenty-first century.
PETE HAY writes poetry, essays, short stories and reviews, and is a parochial (in the sense deployed by the Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh) Tasmanian. He is the author of View from the Non-members Bar, Main Currents in Western Environmental Thought, Vandiemonian Essays and Silently on the Tide.
MARY HIND lives in Melbourne and writes poetry and fiction. She has been writing haiku for eight years, has been published both in Australia and overseas and is a member of HaikuOz.
MARSHALL HRYCIUK has published twelve books of poetry, six of them haiku. He lives in Toronto Canada with his beautiful American wife, Karen Sohne (from Long Island NY) who also writes and publishes haiku. His press is called Imago Press, hers, red iron press.
MARY HUDSON-EWINGTON is a poet, editor and publisher. She lives in Hobart.
MARTIN R. JOHNSONS most recent collection is The Clothes-Prop Man (Wakefield Press). He lives in Adelaide.
ELI JONES is a poet who has lived in Tasmania for the past six years. His work has appeared in journals including Snow Monkey, Numbat, Cordite Poetry Review, Gangway, Enfuse Magazine and The Coffee Press Journal.
JOHN KINSELLA is the author of more than thirty books whose many prizes and awards include The Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the John Bray Award for Poetry from The Adelaide Festival, The Age Poetry Book of The Year Award, The Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry (three times), a Young Australian Creative Fellowship from the former PM of Australia, Paul Keating, and senior Fellowships from the Literature Board of The Australia Council.
KAREN KNIGHT lives in Hobart, Tasmania, with her percussionist husband, Jules, and her menagerie of rescued animals. She performs at festivals, in pubs, on the buses, and on radio. Her work frequently appears in magazines and anthologies around Australia and overseas. Her most recent collection is Under the one granite roof: poems for Walt Whitman (Pardalote Press).
MIKE LADD is currently producer and presenter of ABC Radio National's Saturday afternoon poetry program PoeticA. Mike has published four books of poetry, The Crack in the Crib (1984), Picture's Edge (1994), Close to Home (2000) and Rooms and Sequences 2003. In 2000 he had a Churchill Fellowship in the UK, Ireland and France, where he studied poetry and radio production. His other awards include a Literature Board Venice Studio Grant (1987), and a Special Commendation at the Prix Futura, Berlin, for his radio feature Tracks and Traces (1995). His book Picture's Edge was short-listed for the John Bray National Poetry Award in 1998.
SANDRA E. LAIGHT writes poetry and prose and lives in Sydney.
SHARON LANDEG writes poetry and prose. She lives in Launceston.
ROLAND LEACHS three collections of poetry are Shorelines: Three Poets (Fremantle Arts Press), drowning ophelia (Sunline) and darwin's pistols & other poems (Picaro Press). He is the proprietor of Sunline Press, a publishing venture to publish Australian poets in elegant hardbacks. He was the recipient of a Poetry Grant from the Australia Council where he travelled to Easter Island, Peru and the Galapagos Island. He has won most of the prestigious poetry prizes in Australia, including the 1995 Newcastle Poetry Prize, was runner-up the following year, as well as winning the 1998 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and two Tom Collins Prizes.
RAY LIVERSIDGE is a Melbourne-based poet whose first collection, Obeying the Call, appeared in 2003.
JUSTIN LOWE: born in Sydney in 1964, Justin spent much of his formative years on the Spanish island of Minorca, an experience around which he is busy shaping a novel. After completing his studies, Justin moved to England before settling back in Newtown for the duration of the 90s. There he edited seminal journal Homebrew and published two collections of poetry, as well as collaborating with musical outfits such as The Whitlams and The Impossibles and composing dithyrambic text for the annual Mascon Festival.
GEORGINA LUCK is a short story writer and playwright. She lives in Melbourne.
PETER MACROW writes haiku and longer poems, book reviews and short fiction. His first haiku collection, oil slick sun, (Pardalote Press) appeared in November, 2005. He edits and publishes the poetry journal Blue Giraffe.
ROBYN MATHISON lives in North Hobart where she shares her house with lots of animals. She writes stories and poems and her work has been published in Australia, England and Japan. She is co-editor of Moorilla Mosaic, and a partner in Bumble-bee Books.
ANDREA MCMAHON writes essays and fiction. She lives in Hobart.
SUSANNE MENIHANE has a well worn passport. She draws inspiration from the land around her and has lived in many countries throughout the world. Currently she resides in Wales, not far from her Irish homeland.
SUE MILL lives in Queensland and has been writing haiku for about 10 years. She also enjoys photography, linking her haiku to her photographs. She uses short weekends away to write haiku and take haiku-inspired photos.
JAN NEUMANN works in cytopathology at a major university hospital. As a single mother, with three boys and a life saturated by multidimensional experiences, she tries to balance the logical, the intuitive, and the mystical, with down-to-earth common sense. Jans blog The Skeptical Mystic is at http://jneumann.squarespace.com/
DAVID THOMAS NOLAN is a poet who lives in country New South Wales.
JAMES NORCLIFFE has published five collections of poetry, the second of which Letters to Dr Dee was short-listed for the NZ Book Awards in 1994. His latest collection, Along Blueskin Road (Canterbury University Press) appeared in 2005. He lives in Lincoln, New Zealand and edits poetry for Takahe.
ESTHER OTTAWAYS poems have been published in The Australian, Meanjin, Southerly, Imago and Famous Reporter and have been arranged as contemporary jazz works. She is the recipient of a Varuna Fellowship and an Arts Tasmania grant for 2004/05, and is writing a first collection.
JULIET PAINE is a 26 year old trainee teacher who tries to write poetry in her spare time when not chasing her escape artist cat, Bella.
CHRIS PALMER lives in Canberra. His attempts at creative writing are thus far limited to poetry, which has appeared in several publications.
BRUCE PENN is a performance poet and graphic artist. Born in Sydney, he has lived in Tasmania for twenty years and currently lives in Launceston.
DAVID PRATER has edited Cordite Poetry Review (www.cordite.org.au) since 2000. In September he travelled to Seoul, South Korea as an Asialink resident.
ESTELLE RANDALL lives in Bendigo, Victoria, where the surrounding bushland gives her inspiration. Her poems and haiku have been widely published in literary magazines, including in the UK, USA and New Zealand.
EMMA ROOKSBY works as a research fellow in an applied ethics centre. She has been writing poetry for around ten years.
GRAHAM ROWLANDS is an Adelaide-based satirical poet. Despite his seven collections, he prefers to publish widely in magazines and newspapers.
AHILA SAMBAMOORTHY completed her M.A. thesis on Virginia Woolf in 1992, and has spent a number of years teaching English Literature at undergraduate and pre-university levels.
MONIQUE SEREDA is a poet living and writing in northern Tasmania.
MICHAEL SHARKEY is a book reviewer for several national and state newspapers, literary magazines and scholarly journals. His most recent collection History: Selected Poems 1978 2000 was published by Five Islands Press.
LAURA JAN SHORE is the author of The Sacred Moon Tree (Bradbury Press, NY, 1986) and Breathworks (Dangerously Poetic Press, 2001). Her work has appeared in The Australian, Blue Dog, Poetry Monash and in US journals, The Croton Review and Earths Daughters.
EILEEN R. TABIOS has released a poetry CD; three e-poetry collections; and written, edited or co-edited thirteen books of poetry, fiction and essays since 1996 when she traded a finance career for poetry. She is also a community-oriented conceptual artist who pens the infamous poetics blog "The Chatelaine's Poetics" at http://chatelaine-poet.blogspot.com; who invented the "Hay(na)ku" poetic form; and whose "Poems Form/From The Six Directions" project has been exhibited several times in California.
TIM THORNE is the author of nine volumes of poetry, the most recent being Head and Shin (Walleah Press, August 2004). Tim was for many years the Director of the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. He is the managing editor of Cornford Press, and the Launceston correspondent for the national literary journal Overland.
GEORGE TOSESKIS writing has been published in journals such as Artlook and Overland. He lives in Sydney.
RICH VILLAR is a lifelong student of poetry, politics, and philosophy ... and hopes this never changes. He appeared with Team louderARTS as part of the 2004 National Poetry Slam in St. Louis. Hes an organizer of the Acentos Poetry Series in the Bronx, and hosts the legendary Open Room at the Nuyorican Poets' Café.
rob walkers most recent poems have appeared in journals including Blue Dog, Stylus, Thylacine, Limestone Magazine and Snakeskin. He lives on a small farm in the hills near Adelaide.
RALPH WESSMAN publishes famous reporter with support from Arts Tasmania.
JOHN WEST works full time as a nurse in a large hospital in Melbourne and writes many poems about the people he meets there. His latest collection was Modest Lives which appeared as the July 2004 issue of the WAGTAIL series from Picaro Press. He was the convenor of the Fellowship of Australian Writers' Poetry Readings at Molly Bloom's Hotel in Port Melbourne in 2004.
SIMON WEST is a poet, translator and Italian teacher. He lives in Melbourne. In 2004 he held an Australian Young Poet's Fellowship offered by the Australian Poet's Union.
LES WICKS 7th book of poetry is Stories of the Feet (Five Islands, 2004). Hes a seasoned performer & conducts workshops across Australia. For 25 years he also worked as an editor & publisher. Les website address is http://leswicks.tripod.com/lw.htm
QUENDRYTH YOUNG, a grandmother, who lives on the far north coast of New South Wales, is a retired cytologist - a career that spanned forty years. She co-authored My Days' Circle with two other poets in 1994, and published a collection of her own poetry, Naked in Sepia, last year. This was awarded the Fast Books Best Book of Poetry Award for 2005. Her passion for haiku is accelerating.