Cordite Publishing Inc. is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission ABN 60639190286, and is listed on the Australian Registry of Cultural Organisations. Its publications are the quarterly Cordite Poetry Review – an Australian and international journal of poetry, criticism and research – and series of print books. Where applicable, critical writing and reviews are developed to adhere to our Guide for Indigenous Editing and Writing.

ISSN: 1328-2107
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Cordite Publishing Inc. Board

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


Kent MacCarter (Director, Publisher, Managing Editor) 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, and since then he has worked with educational publishers Cengage Learning and Curriculum Press in Australia. He’s the author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009), Sputnik’s Cousin (Transit Lounge, 2014) and California Sweet (Five Islands Press, 2018) – as well as two chapbooks, Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro Press, 2011) and Polyvinyl chloride (Under the Mountain Press, 2017). He was also an editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), 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 (Reviews Editor) is a poet and editor who worked in book publishing for ten years. She is the author of a number of chapbooks and the full-length collection Body of Work, which was Highly Commended in the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. Her poetry, essays, interviews and reviews have been published widely, and she regularly appears at literary festivals. She recently completed her Master of Fine Arts at UNSW Art & Design.

Bella Li (Associate Publisher) is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press), which was highly commended in the 2017 Anne Elder Award, commended in the 2017 Wesley Michel Wright Prize, and won the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her second book, Lost Lake (Vagabond Press) was shortlisted for the 2018 QLD Literary Award for Poetry. Her writing and artwork—including poetry, microfiction, essays, reviews, collage and photography—have been published in journals and anthologies such as Best Australian Poems, Meanjin, Overland, Rabbit, The Kenyon Review, Archives of American Art Journal and Western Humanities Review, and were included in the works displayed at the Triennial of the National Gallery of Victoria. She was a managing co-editor at Five Islands Press for six years, and has also worked as an in-house editor at Lonely Planet and a judge’s associate at The Supreme Court of Victoria. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne, sessional lecturer and tutor in creative writing and literary studies, and freelance editor, proofreader and indexer.

Currently vacant (Indigenous Engagement Editor)

Brendan Casey (Cordite Scholarly Editor) 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 (Translations Editor) is a Melbourne-based writer and literary translator. She holds an honours degree in poetry translation and recently submitted a PhD in translation studies at Monash University. She is a lecturer in literary studies at Monash, the translations editor for Cordite Poetry Review, assistant editor at The AALITRA Review, and a coordinator with the Monash-Warwick Migration, Identity and Translation Network. Her translation of Guillermo Fadanelli’s See You at Breakfast? was published by Giramondo in 2016. Giramondo will also publish her forthcoming translation of the novella All My Goodbyes, by Argentinean author Mariana Dimópulos. Her translation of excerpts from Fadanelli’s extended essay In Praise of Vagrancy was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016. Her academic work has been published by major international journals The Translator and New Voices in Translation Studies, and her creative short fiction, reviews and poetry have been published by The Sydney Review of Books, Penguin Specials, Tincture, Going Down Swinging, Voiceworks, Verge, Dumbo Feather, Mexico City Lit and Flash Fiction Magazine.

Ella O’Keefe (Sound Producer) is a doctoral candidate in Literary Studies at Deakin University and worked as tutor and guest lecturer. She works as an Information Specialist at the Audio and Language Content Resource Centre in SBS Radio. In 2016 she was archive researcher and curator for the ‘From the Vault’ project on Soundproof on Radio National. She has provided audio assistance and recordings to the Poetry and Poetics Project of Western Sydney University and Pennsound (in conjunction with the Jacket2 feature, ‘Fifty-One Contemporary Poets from Australia.’) In 2011, she co-ordinated the Critical Animals Research Symposium and was supported by Copyright Agency Career Industries Career Fund grant. She has worked as a broadcaster and freelance content maker for community and national radio. She was the 2015 winner of the Overland Judith Wright Prize for Emerging Poets.

Benjamin Laird (Site Producer) is a PhD candidate in Creative Media and part of the nonfictionLab research group at RMIT University based in Melbourne, Australia. His research is in biographical/documentary poetry in programmable media. Laird’s undergraduate degrees are in Engineering and Computer Science from Swinburne and an honours year at RMIT in Media and Communication. He has worked as IT support, a puppet animation technician, a front-end web developer, and a web application developer and I currently support and (re)write code for the Overland Literary Journal and Cordite Poetry Review websites.

Autumn Royal (Interviews Editor) is a poet and PhD candidate at Deakin University where she teaches creative writing. Her poetry and criticism have appeared in publications such as Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Southerly, Mascara Literary Review and TEXT Journal. She has collaborated with artists on projects spanning the genres of contemporary opera, music, visual art and film. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference Paper Prize. She is author of the poetry collection She Woke & Rose.

Rosalind McFarlane (Commissioning Editor, collaborations) recently completed her doctorate on depictions of water in Asian-Australian poetry and is currently working as the English Connect Program Coordinator at Monash University. She’s held an AGL Shaw State Library Fellowship, been co-editor-in-chief of academic journal Colloquy and creative writing journal Verge, been on the editorial teams for dotdotdash and Pelican, as well as working as a research assistant on special issues of Australian Humanities Review and Contemporary Women’s Writing. Her critical and creative work has been most recently published in Hunter’s Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, Antipodes and Axon.

Joan Fleming (Commissioning Editor, New Zealand literature) is the author of two poetry collections published by Victoria University Press, Failed Love Poems (2015) and The Same as Yes (2011), and a chapbook, Two Dreams in Which Things are Taken (Duets, 2010). Her honours include the Biggs Poetry Prize, the Verge Prize for Poetry, and the Harri Jones Memorial Prize from the Hunter Writers Centre. As a scholar, she is interested in competing epistemologies in poetic texts and the impossibility of perfect communication. She has published essays and a book chapter on the Canadian poet and classicist Anne Carson, and is currently finishing her PhD in ethnopoetics at Monash University, a project that has arisen out of family ties and ongoing relationships with Warlpiri people in Central Australia.

Prithvi Varatharajan (Commissioning Editor, media), holds a PhD from the University of Queensland, where he completed a thesis on the adaptation of contemporary Australian poetry by ABC RN’s Poetica, paying particular attention to its adaptations of John Forbes, Ouyang Yu, Vicki Viidikas and Ali Cobby Eckermann. He is a producer of cultural radio programs and audio books, and has produced for Red Room Company, RN’s Poetica, Earshot, Lingua Franca, Weekend Arts and First Person. His writing (poetry, reviews, interviews, scholarship) has appeared in journals including Adaptation, Cultural Studies Review, The Quarterly Conversation, Mascara Literary Review, Asymptote, Island and Cordite Poetry Review.

Alex Creece (Production Editor) is writer, poet, student and average kook located in Victoria, Australia. She is currently cobbling together her debut poetry manuscript, and has recently participated in Digital Writers’ Festival, as well as the Toolkits: Non-fiction and Toolkits: Poetry programs with Express Media and Australian Poetry. She is passionate about diverse voices and perspectives within the arts, and often incorporates her experiences as a queer and autistic woman into her pieces. She has been published with Scum Mag, SBS Life, Archer Magazine, and others.

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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