Alex Reece Abbott is a New Zealand-Irish writer across genres and forms, published in Best Small Fictions, Bonsai: Best Small Stories from Aotearoa New Zealand and Heron (Katherine Mansfield Society), among others. A Penguin Random House WriteNow finalist, often shortlisted, her work has won the Irish Novel Fair, Northern Crime, Arvon and HG Wells prizes. www.alexreeceabbott.info @AlexReeceAbbott
Diane Brown is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs Creative Writing Dunedin. Her publications include two collections of poetry, Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland and Learning to Lie Together; a novel, If The Tongue Fits, and verse novel, Eight Stages of Grace, a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers, a prose/poetic memoir, Here Comes Another Vital Moment and a poetic family memoir, Taking My Mother To The Opera. Her latest book is a long poetic narrative, Every Now and Then I Have Another Child, Otago University Press, 2020. In 2013 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education. She lives in Dunedin with her husband, author Philip Temple.
Catherine Chiarella Domonkos’ recent short fiction appears or is forthcoming in Flash Frontier, Heavy Feather Review, X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine and other literary places. It will be anthologized in Best Small Fictions 2022. She lives in Greenwich Village, NYC.
Trish Gribben has written in many ways, for many genres. She is now experimenting with flash fiction and poetry. Her books have been published by the Waitakere contempory gallery Te Uru: Blast – Pat Hanly the painter and his protests and SWELL – The Art of Judy Millar, a pop-up for kids of all ages. In 2021, she released a collection of poems and memoir reflections, Present Continuous, featuring the landscapes of the North Island’s west coast and the artwork of Judy Millar. Recently, her work was included in Breach of All Size: Small stories on Ulysses, love and Venice (The Cuba Press, 2022).
Tim Jones is a poet, author and anthologist who lives in Wellington. He was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. His recent books include poetry collection New Sea Land (Mākaro Press, 2016) and climate fiction novella Where We Land (The Cuba Press, 2019). He edited the 2021 New Zealand Poetry Society anthology Kissing a Ghost and will also be editing the 2022 NZPS anthology.
Erik Kennedy is the author of the poetry collections Another Beautiful Day Indoors (2022) and There’s No Place Like the Internet in Springtime (2018), both with Te Herenga Waka University Press, and he has co-edited No Other Place to Stand, a book of climate change poetry from Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific (Auckland University Press, 2022). His poems, stories, and criticism have been published in places like FENCE, The Florida Review, Hobart, Poetry, Poetry Ireland Review, the TLS and Western Humanities Review. Originally from New Jersey, he lives in Ōtautahi Christchurch in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris to write, and ended up in Ghana running a bar. Praised by Hilary Mantel, her short story collection The Cartography of Others was a People’s Book Prize (UK) finalist and winner of the Eyelands International Book Award (Greece). Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and a Hudson Prize semi-finalist. Her most recent collection, Love Stories for Hectic People (2021) won the Saboteur Award in the short story category. Catherine is Flash Fiction Editor for Litro Magazine UK. More here.
Poet, novelist, editor and literary odd-job man, James Norcliffe has published ten collections of poetry, more than a dozen novels for young people and, earlier this year, a novel, The Frog Prince,
with Penguin Random. Later this year Quentin Wilson Publishing will bring out a junior novel The Crate,
a ghost story set on New Zealand’s West Coast. James is an editor of Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction
and Central Committee member of National Flash Fiction Day. He also co-edited Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand
(Canterbury University Press, 2018).
Matt Potter lives in Adelaide and used to keep part of his psyche in Berlin. He is the founder of Bequem Publishing. By day he has been a social worker, an English-as-a-Second-Language teacher, a tutor and at the moment, an early childhood educator. He is the author of Hamburgers and Berliners and other courses in between
(travel memoir); Based on True Stories
and Vestal Aversion
(story collections); All you need is a whiteboard, a marker and this book
(ESL teaching resources); and On the Bitch
Tina Shaw is a New Zealand author of more than 20 publications for children, young adults and general readership. Her writing has taken her to Auckland, Christchurch, Berlin and even Hamilton – where she was Writer-In-Residence at the University of Waikato. Shaw’s novel Ursa won the 2018 Storylines Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished manuscript and went on to win a Storylines Notable Book Award and be a finalist in the 2020 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Her recent novel, Ephemera, is set on the Waikato River, a location she knows well from growing up in the Waikato. A member of NZAMA, she works as a manuscript assessor, tutor of creative writing and editor of the NZSA quarterly publication NZ Author.
Ian Wedde is the author of nine novels, sixteen collections of poetry, a collection of stories, two books of essays, a memoir, several art catalogues and a monograph on the artist Bill Culbert; his edited work includes two Penguin anthologies of poetry. He is the recipient of well over 30 major awards, including New Zealand Poet Laureate from (2011-2013), and was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in the Queen’s Birthday honours list (2010). He has been awarded 14 grants, fellowships and residences, most recently the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement for Poetry (2014), and Creative New Zealand Writer-in-Residence in Berlin (2013-14). Ian’s latest novel is The Reed Warbler (Victoria University Press, 2020) and his latest poetry collection is The Little Ache – a German notebook (Victoria University Press, 2021), written while he was researching The Reed Warbler.