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Kent MacCarter is a writer and editor. He holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Montana, a BA in Finance from the University of Montana, and an MA in English with a focus on Creative Writing from University of Melbourne. His publishing career began at University of Chicago Press in 2000. Since, he has been developmental editor, coder and typesetter for 50 journal issues and 40 print poetry collections. He is author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here, Sputnik’s Cousin and California Sweet – as well as two chapbooks, Ribosome Spreadsheet and Polyvinyl chloride. He was also editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home, a non-fiction collection of diasporic memoir. He was an active member in Melbourne PEN from 2010-2014, and was executive treasurer on the board of the Small Press Network from 2009–2013. In 2012 he received a Fulbright Travel Award to attend writing festivals and lecture at Indonesian universities.

Elena Gomez is a poet, editor, facilitator and researcher based in Melbourne. She is the author of full-length collections Body of Work and Admit the Joyous Passion of Revolt, as well as several chapbooks and pamphlets. Elena has been the facilitator of Toolkits: Poetry for Express Media in 2020 and 2021, and was a guest editor of un magazine in 2020. She was an Ambassador for the Emerging Writers Festival in 2021 and has appeared at Sydney and Melbourne Writers Festival events. She holds an MFA from UNSW Art&Design and is doing a PhD in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Elena is a freelance book editor and a 2021 mentor for Maribyrnong Council’s inaugural Forté Mentorship Program.

Bella Li is the author of Maps, Cargo, shortlisted for the Wesley Michel Wright Prize, Argosy, winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and Lost Lake, shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. Her writing and artwork have been published in a range of national and international journals and anthologies, including Meanjin, ABR, Overland, The Archives of American Art Journal and The Kenyon Review, and displayed in major galleries, including the NGV and Buxton Contemporary. Her most recent book is Theory of Colours. She holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne, where she has lectured and tutored in creative writing and English literature. She was a Managing Co-editor at Five Islands Press for six years, and the founding publisher, editor and designer of The Slow Canoe Press, publishing a series of chapbooks in conjunction with The Slow Canoe Live Journal, which she also co-edited. She is currently the Associate Publisher at Cordite Books (where she commissions, edits and typesets books), and Managing Editor at Scribe Publications (where she manages the full list of fiction and non-fiction titles across three territories: Australia, the UK and the US).

Brendan Casey is a doctoral candidate in the English and Theatre Studies program, University of Melbourne, researching Australian poetry and fiction through a postnational or ‘unAustralian’ lens. His research focuses on ‘literary visitors’ and their writing about Australia. He has published essays on Australian poetry, art, music and literature in Meanjin, Memo Review, Difficult Fun and elsewhere.

Alice Whitmore is a writer, editor and literary translator living on Eastern Maar country. She is the translations editor at Cordite Poetry Review and an associate editor at Giramondo. Her translation work from Spanish and Italian includes novels by Mariana Dimópulos (Argentina), Guillermo Fadanelli (Mexico) and Jonathan Bazzi (Italy), and poetry collections by Xhevdet Bajraj (Kosovo/Mexico) and Yaxkin Melchy Ramos (Mexico/Peru). Her translation of Mariana Dimópulos’s Imminence was awarded the 2021 NSW Premier’s Translation Prize. Her essays and criticism have appeared in The Australian Book Review, The Sydney Review of Books, Overland, The Monthly, The Saturday Paper and The Conversation, among others. She has coordinated and chaired a number of events at Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival, including 2019’s The Art of Translation panel and 2018’s Collaborative Translation and Poetry Workshop. She was a founding member of community arts organisation TransCollaborate: Collaborative Translation for Inclusion, and serves on the committee of the Australian Association for Literary Translation. She holds a PhD in Translation Studies from Monash University.

Benjamin Laird is an Asian Australian software engineer, poet and PhD candidate in digital poetry at RMIT University. His print and electronic poetry have been published in various journals. His longer works include the digital chapbook The Durham Poems. He has twice been shortlisted for the QUT Digital Literature Award in the Queensland Literary Awards, in 2018 for ‘Core Values’, first read at the 2016 Melbourne Writers Festival as part of Australian Poetry’s Transforming My Country series, and in 2019 for ‘Psychometric Researches’, written for Red Room Poetry’s Poetry Object project. In 2020, as part of a response to the pandemic, he created Panacea, an interactive online collaborative poem for Red Room Poetry. He has taught digital writing at RMIT University, spoken at the Sydney and Melbourne Writers Festivals on the topic of digital poetry, edited two electronic poetry issues of Overland and co-edited a print issue of Australian Poetry Journal.

Autumn Royal is an editor, educator, researcher, and writer based in Narrm/Melbourne. Since 2013, they have worked as a sessional tutor in creative writing and literary studies, with a focus on professional writing and editing, genre fiction, Australian literature, and poetry. Autumn is the founding editor of Liquid Architecture’s Disclaimer journal, Interviews Editor for Cordite Poetry Review, and author of the poetry collections She Woke & Rose and Liquidation. Their third collection of poetry, The Drama Student, is forthcoming with Giramondo Publishing in 2022.

Rosalind McFarlane is a scholar, teacher and poet. She is involved in research and practice around writing, languages, youth experiences, intercultural communication and depictions of place. Rosalind has previously been part of the editing team in both creative and critical journals, including Colloquy: Text, Theory, Critique and dotdotdash and has a PhD in Literary Studies from Monash University. She has been published in the Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry anthology as well as various online journals. She is currently writing a poetry book about urban water courses and leading research projects around intercultural teaching practices, focusing on participant empowerment through collaborative research and program design. She currently manages programs focused on international students and transition to university, leads a residential college and has taught in both Australia and overseas.

Rory Green is a writer, editor and digital media artist living and working on unceded Gadigal land. Their interactive digital poetry has been presented at festivals including BLEED and Cementa, as well as published in Cordite Poetry Review, The Lifted Brow, Running Dog and Taper among others. They previously edited Voiceworks Online, a publication for experimental digital writing by young Australian writers, and facilitated Express Media’s online learning program Toolkits: Digital Storytelling. Their debut chapbook the attentions was published in 2022 through Slow Loris. Their current ongoing project is to write a poem for every Pokemon via the email newsletter Otherwise Pokedex.

Prithvi Varatharajan is a poet, essayist, literary audio producer and editor who lives in Melbourne. He has had poetry published widely in Australian journals, and his critical writing has featured in such publications as the Sydney Review of Books, Adaptation, Cultural Studies Review, JASAL and Peril. His debut collection of poems and prose, Entries, was published in 2020 by Cordite Books. He has produced dozens of literary radio programs, on Australian and overseas writers, for national and community radio in Australia; you can find these sonically rich productions on ABC Radio National and at Red Room Company. He holds an interdisciplinary PhD in literary, media and cultural studies from the University of Queensland; his doctoral thesis examined adaptations of contemporary Australian poetry through a national identity framework in Radio National’s Poetica program. He was a recipient of a 2020 Emerging Critics Fellowship at the Sydney Review of Books, and commissions essays on poetry’s media for Cordite Poetry Review.

Alex Creece is a writer, poet, student, collage artist, and average kook living on Wadawurrung land. They also edit and develop other authors’ creative works as production editor for Cordite Poetry Review. They were awarded a Write-ability Fellowship in 2019 and a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowship in 2020. A sample of their work was Highly Commended in the 2019 Next Chapter Scheme, and she was shortlisted for the Kat Muscat Fellowship in 2021. They have recently participated in Digital Writers’ Festival, as well as the Toolkits: Non-fiction and Toolkits: Poetry programs with Express Media and Australian Poetry.

Cordite Publishing Inc. Board

Lachlan Brown, Bonny Cassidy, Winnie Dunn, Toby Fitch, Matthew Hall, John Hawke, Bella Li, Alison Whittaker and Jacinda Woodhead.

Cordite Academic Advisory Board

Cordite Scholarly is a peer-reviewed section for academic research. Please familiarise yourself with the full Cordite Scholarly Submission Guidelines and House Style Guide before submitting. The Board advises only on Cordite Scholarly research and does not provide assessment or critique on features, essays, reviews or interviews.

Dr. Hilary Clark – University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Professor, College of Arts and Sciences

Research interests: critical theory, women’s writing, life writing, literary modernism, encyclopedic discourse, contemporary poetics and poetry, especially Canadian and American.

Dr. Justin Clemens – University of Melbourne, Australia
Senior Lecturer, English

Research interests: psychoanalysis, continental philosophy and contemporary aesthetic theory, 17th-century literature.

Dr. Dan Disney – Sogang University, South Korea
Assistant Professor, Department of English

Research interests: poetics (antiquity to contemporary theories); the aesthetic avant-garde; the theoretical avant-garde; Australian and contemporary English-language poetries.

Dr. Christopher Funkhouser – New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Program Director, Communication and Media

Research interests: contemporary poetry, digital literature, electronic media, computer writing, digital literature and technology and society.

Prof. Paul Giles – University of Sydney, Australia
Challis Chair of English, Department of English

Research interests: American literature and culture, theory and practice of trans-nationalism.

Dr. Perri Giovannucci – American University in Dubai, UAE
Associate Professor, Department of English

Research interests: globalization, cultural studies, anti-colonialism and post-colonialism, historiography and historical materialism, psychoanalytic theory, feminism, issues of human rights and social justice.

Dr. Keri Glastonbury – The University of Newcastle, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Creative Writing

Research interests: Contemporary Australian literary sociability, re-figuring the ‘regional’ (both within Australia and in the Asia-Pacific), practitioner critical communities, generationalism.

Dr. John Hawke – Monash University, Australia
Senior Lecturer, School of English, Communications and Performance Studies

Research interests: Modernism and Australian poetry, ethnographic sources of Modernism, modern and contemporary literature and poetics.

Jill Jones – University of Adelaide, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Department of English

Research interests: Arts and culture, poetry, creative writing, Australian literature, publishing, digital writing.

Prof. Christopher Kelen – University of Macau, Macau
Associate Professor, English Department

Research interests: place-based poetics, poetry translation and pedagogy, collaborative writing and art practice, community publishing, comparative studies of anthems, nation and nationalism, anthropomorphism in children’s literature, storytelling and lifewriting.

Dr. Helen Lambert – Unaffiliated, Oxford, UK

Research interests: Australian literature, experimental literature, representations of humanity and animality, literature and place/identity, translation and adaptation of classical myth in literature.

Dr. Kate Lilley – University of Sydney, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Department of English

Research interests: gender and genre, American and African-American poetry, seventeenth-century literature, women’s writing, elegy, feminist theory, queer theory and rhetoric.

Dr. Rosalind McFarlane – Monash University, Australia
Program Coordinator, English Connect

Research interests: contemporary Asian and Australian diasporic poetry, ecocriticism and environmental analyses, depictions of water, collaborative work.

Dr. Philip Mead – University of Western Australia, Australia
Chair of Australian Literature, English & Cultural Studies

Research interests: Australian literary and cultural history, Anglophone poetry and poetics, trans-national poetics, Shakespearean institutions in Australia, literary education, digital humanities.

Dr. Peter Minter – University of Sydney, Australia

Research interests: Aboriginal literature, poetry and poetics; Australian literature, poetry and poetics; transcultural ecopoetics and ecocriticism; modern literary cultures and aesthetics.

Dr. Nathanael O’Reilly – Texas Christian University, USA
Instructor, Department of English

Research interests: Australian literature, post-colonial literature, twentieth-century British and Irish literature, contemporary poetry, suburbia, expatriation, diaspora, nationalism, belonging.

Dr. Felicity Plunkett – University of Queensland Press, Australia
Poetry Editor

Research interests: Modernist, Australian and mid-century American poetries.

Chris Price – Victoria University, New Zealand
Senior Lecturer, International Institute of Modern Letters

Research interests: Contemporary New Zealand poetry, fiction/non-fiction hybridity, life writing, science and technology literature.

Prof. Lisa Samuels – University of Auckland, New Zealand
Associate Professor, Department of English

Research interests: Poetry and poetics, critical practice, literary modernism, digital arts theory, experimental and trans-cultural writing.

Dr. Susan Schultz – University of Hawaii, USA
Professor, Department of English

Research interests: 20th-century poetry in English, American literature, creative writing.

Dr. Andrew Taylor – Edith Cowan University, Australia
Emeritus Professor, School of Communications and Arts

Research interests: Australian and American literature, poetry, landscape and language, eco-criticism, translation, visual arts, science.

Dr. Shani Tobias – Monash University, Australia
Lecturer, Japanese Studies and Translation Studies

Research interests: Literary translation (stylistic and cultural issues and strategies), Japanese literature.

Dr. Ann Vickery – Deakin University, Australia
Senior Lecturer, School of Communication & Creative Arts

Research interests: poetry and poetics, modernism, Australian literature, feminist literary studies, theories of literary formation (collaboration, coterie, community and network), literary archives, mid to late nineteenth and twentieth-century women’s writing and cross-disciplinary creative partnerships.

Ania Walwicz – Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Lecturer in Poetry, Short Story and Myths, Professional Writing and Editing Program

Research interests: prose/poetry performance text, spoken word and sound recordings, visual art.

Dr. Timothy Yu – University of Wisconsin, USA
Associate Professor, English and Asian American Studies

Research interests: modern and contemporary American literature, contemporary poetry, Asian American literature and culture, the avant-garde, race in American literature and diaspora.

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