Guest Poetry Editor: MTC Cronin
MTC Cronin was born in 1963 in Merriwa in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales, Australia and grew up in Caloundra, Queensland. She has published fourteen collections of poetry as well as several in translation including her 2001 book, Talking to Neruda's Questions, which has been translated into both Spanish and Italian. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards. She has been twice nominated for one of North America's prestigious literary awards, the Pushcart Prize. She currently lives in Maleny with her partner and three young daughters and has recently completed her doctorate – The Catastrophe of Meaning – which consists of eleven interlinked cross-genre books exploring poetry, law, justice and desire.
Adam Aitken has temporarily escaped academia and will be living in Cambodia for a year. His next book is Eighth Habitation, forthcoming from Giramondo.
Allan Peterson is the author of two books: All the Lavish in Common (2005 Juniper Prize, University of Massachusetts) and Anonymous Or (Defined Providence Press Prize) and four chapbooks. Recent print and online appearances include: Blackbird, Bellingham Review, Perihelion, Stickman Review, Marlboro Review and Massachusetts Review. Work is forthcoming in Boston Review, Notre Dame Review, Northwest Review and Swink.
Angela Costi is the author of the award-winning Relocated (City of Melbourne, 2002) and poetry-based collections Dinted Halos (Hit&Miss, 2003) and Prayers for the Wicked (Floodtide Audio, 2005). Her poetry collection, Honey and Salt, is part of the Five Islands Press, New Poets Series 12.
Anthony Jones is a sometime bureaucrat now studying law in England. His great love, however, is Chinese language, in particular the classical poetry of the first century BCE. He divides his time between reading textbooks and playing violent contact sports.
Brentley Frazer is a poet who lives in Melbourne. His texts have appeared in numerous magazines, journals and anthologies. The collection A Dark Samadhi was published in early 2003 to critical acclaim. Brentley's new book Memories like Angels at a ball tripping over their Gowns is now available at http://www.brentley.com.
Cameron Lowe lives in Geelong. His chapbook, Throwing Stones at the Sun (2005), was published by Whitmore Press. He is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at Melbourne University.
Carol Jenkins lives in Sydney and writes poetry and fiction. Her work has been published in journals like Heat and Island, and you can find links to her work at Show Me The Treasure
Carolyn van Langenberg is the author of the novels fish lips, the teetotaller's wake, blue moon and sibyl's stories. In 2000, fish lips was short-listed for the David T K Wong Fellowship, East Anglia University, UK.
Dianne Cikusa is a writer and poet living in Sydney. She has published online and in small press magazines in Australia and Canada.
Derek Motion is an Australian writer, & is editing fourW in 2007. His poems have recently appeared in Otoliths; some music-review poems also showed up in Vibewire. He blogs at Typing Space, every day if time allows.
Ed Wright's poems and fiction have been published in Meanjin, Snorkel, Ulitarra, Avernus and the Red Room Company's Toilet Door Poetry series. In 2002, Vagabond Press published a small selection of poems, The Empty Room. He writes popular non-fiction and book reviews for a living and is currently working on a novel.
Ellie Francis-Brophy lives in Hobart and has recently started writing poetry.
Eric Yoshiaki Dando is the author of snail, (Penguin 1996). He is an idiot.
Jane Williams is a poet and short story writer based in Tasmania. Her latest book is the short story collection Other Lives (Ginninderra Press 2007). Visit her website at www.janewilliams.wordpress.com.
Jennifer Compton is a poet and playwright who sometimes writes prose. She was resident in the Whiting Library Studio in Rome in 2006 and PressPress have just published her book Roma. She has a Fellowship in November at the Ligurian Study Centre in Bogliasco.
Joel Magarey is Melbourne writer whose poetry and short fiction have appeared in publications such as Meanjin, Quadrant, Overland, Southerly, Antipodes (USA), and the web journal Slope. He also reports the Victorian parliamentary debates for Hansard.
John Leonard was born in the UK in 1965, and came to Australia in 1991. He has had three collections of poetry, and his New and Selected Poems will be published by Salt Publishing in 2008. He is currently Poetry Editor of Overland. His web-site is at.
John West's latest collection is Couch World from “Picaro Press” in January 2007 and he has had three earlier chap books and two full length collections, Falling Over Jogging (1997) and All I Ever Wanted Was a Window (2002) from “Pardalote Press”.
Kate Schapira lives, writes and teaches in Rhode Island, USA. She is the author of a chapbook, Phoenix Memory, and curates Publicly Complex, a series featuring innovative and challenging writing. “The Saint of Magnets” is from her new project, Sixty Saints for Boys.
Lee Kofman is an Israeli-Australian author of three books (in Hebrew). Her English publications include short fiction, non-fiction and poetry in Australia, Scotland and USA. She is a recipient of the Australian Council grant, the Varuna Flagship Fellowship, the Emerging Writer in Residence at KSP Writers' Centre and ASA mentorship.
Lorin Ford left school at fourteen, preferring a glamorous career in hairdressing to her year 9 correspondence lessons at a small, East Gippsland primary school. Later, she received an Honours degree in Eng. Lit. and subsequently taught English and ESL in Melbourne's north-west. Currently, she writes haiku and longer poems.
Massimo Bacigalupo lives in Rapallo in the north of Italy. He is the professor of American Literature at Genoa University and is a noted Ezra Pound aficionado.
Michael Farrell has published 2 books, ode ode and BREAK ME OUCH. Though he lives in St Kilda he thinks the 2 poems were written in Gosford (boyhood) and Hobart (the j letter).
Nathan Shepherdson lives at the Glass House Mountains in Queensland. His awards include the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, The Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Award, and the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award. His first book, Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror was published in 2006 by the University of Queensland Press.
Paolo Bertolani lived in Lerici and wrote poetry in the Genoese dialect as spoken in Lerici. His last book was Rait?Ä da neve (Rare Snow), published in 2005 by Interlinea of Novara, the source of the poem in this issue of Cordite. His book of short stories Racconto della contea di Levante (1979) was well received. He died in 2006.
Paul Mitchell's second poetry collection, Awake Despite the Hour (Five Islands Press), was released in June 2007. His debut short fiction collection, Dodging the Bull (Wakefield Press) came out in May 2007. Visit his website: www.paul-mitchell.com.au.
Peter O'Mara lives in Hepburn Springs, Victoria and has work published in numerous literary magazines, e-journals and anthologies throughout Australia including Meanjin, Cordite, Verandah and Overland. He is currently working on an art/TEXT manuscript entitled 'textology'.
Sandra Long usually writes for performance or poetry. Her script 'Duets for Lovers and Dreamers' won a Ross Trust award, 2004. Last year she developed the shadow puppet play script 'Some Faces you Know', Melbourne Fringe, with Ozanom House community participants. She aims to write yet not be too distracted for her two children.
Stuart Cooke was born in 1980 and grew up in Sydney. He recently moved to Canberra, where he is doing a PhD at the ANU in poetry and philosophy. His poetry and prose has also appeared in Meanjin, Overland, Blue Dog and Famous Reporter.
Steve Halle lives in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with his lovely and talented wife Monica. He currently teaches high school and coaches American football. His creative and critical work has been published or is forthcoming in Jacket, Moria, PFS Post, Alehouse, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine) and The November 3rd Club. He edits the blog-journal Seven Corners and keeps the blog Fluid / Exchange, which features writings on poetry and culture.
Tiggy Johnson's stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and her first short story collection Svetlana or Otherwise (Mockingbird/Ginninderra) is due for release later this year. She won 2nd prize in the Herald-Sun Short Story Competition 2004 and is the editor of.
Tim Heffernan lives with his family in Wollongong. Since his debut in The Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser in 1985 his work has mostly been published online at Ozpoet and The Poets Union and is currently featured in the 'Twelve Australian Poets Series 2' at.
Tom Clark lectures in the School of Communication Culture and Languages at Victoria University. During meetings of his trade union, he often doodles. Some of this publishable. He bears a striking resemblance to Tom SEE, who published OI through Cordite On Demand in 2004.