Airini Beautrais is a PhD candidate at Victoria University of Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Her thesis investigates narrativity and segmentivity in contemporary Australian and New Zealand long poems and poem sequences. She has published three collections of poetry, most recently Dear Neil Roberts (Victoria UP, 2014).
Toby Davidson is a lecturer and researcher in Australian literature at Macquarie University. His works include Christian Mysticism and Australian Poetry (Cambria P, New York, 2013) and as editor, Francis Webb’s Collected Poems (U of Western Australia P, 2011). Toby’s debut poetry collection is Beast Language (Five Island P, Melbourne, 2012).
Joan Fleming is a doctoral student in ethnopoetics in Monash University’s graduate program in Literary and Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on reflexive power dynamics and competing epistemologies in poetic texts. She is the author of two books of poetry, The Same as Yes (Victoria UP, 2011) and Failed Love Poems (2015).
Anna Jackson is a poet and fiction writer, and Associate Professor in English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. She is the author of books and articles on children’s literature and diary poetics, and six collections of poetry: The Long Road to Teatime (Auckland UP, 2000), The Pastoral Kitchen (Auckland UP, 2001, shortlisted for the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards), Catullus for Children (Auckland UP, 2003), The Gas Leak (Auckland UP, 2006), Thicket (Auckland UP, 2011), and I, Clodia (Auckland UP, 2014), based on the life of Clodia Metelli, the “Lesbia” who was the subject of Catullus’s most passionate poetry.
Helen Rickerby has published four collections of poetry—most recently Cinema (Mākaro P, 2014)—and is working on her next book, which will include a deconstructed biography of George Eliot in a series of prose poems. Her MA in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington focused on fairy tale intertextuality in Margaret Atwood’s fiction. She runs Seraph Press, a boutique publishing company, and is co-managing editor of JAAM literary magazine. [End Page 109]
Erin Scudder is based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her current research is concerned with the relationship between ethics and style in American and postcolonial writing. She holds degrees in English Literature from Victoria University of Wellington, and her poetry and academic writing has appeared in journals and anthologies across the Asia-Pacific. She is the co-author of AUP New Poets 4 (Auckland UP, 2011), and the author of Psychedomus (Fitts and Holderness, 2011).
Robert Sullivan is Head of Creative Writing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Auckland. He has published nine books, including the epic poem Star Waka (Auckland UP), and co-edited three major anthologies of Māori and Polynesian poetry in English. He belongs to the Ngāpuhi and Kai Tahu iwi of Aotearoa. His doctoral thesis, Mana Moana: Wayfinding and Five indigenous Poets, deploys indigenous wayfinding as a metaphorical close-reading method.
Jessica Wilkinson is the author of two long form poetry works—Marionette: A Biography of Miss Marion Davies (2012), and Suite for Percy Grainger: a biography (2014), both with Vagabond Press. She is working on a third manuscript, Music Made Visible: a biography of George Balanchine. Jessica is the Editor-in-Chief of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry, which she founded in 2011, and which will celebrate its twentieth issue in 2016. She is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at RMIT University in Melbourne. [End Page 110]