Anja Loughhead is an emerging artist currently based in Canberra, Australia. Interested in the indexical and at times authoritative nature of the photographic medium, Loughhead’s practice navigates the role of photography as mode of documentation. Drawing inspiration from an ongoing theoretical dialogue concerning the use of a photograph as an object of remembrance, Loughhead aims to shift the boundaries between truth and fiction, placing audiences in a situation where the process of viewing is the subject in question.

Anja Loughhead is an emerging artist currently based in Canberra, Australia. Interested in the indexical and at times authoritative nature of the photographic medium, Loughhead’s practice navigates the role of photography as mode of documentation. Drawing inspiration from an ongoing theoretical dialogue concerning the use of a photograph as an object of remembrance, Loughhead aims to shift the boundaries between truth and fiction, placing audiences in a situation where the process of viewing is the subject in question.

Raphael Kabo is a slam poet, quiet poet, and writer. He thinks a lot about people and cities, and the way they interact. Since accidentally getting into the finals of the 2010 Australian National Poetry Slam, he has performed widely in Australia and the UK, and been published in Burley, Gargouille, and Meniscus, among others. He runs Pilcrow Press, an independent printing press, and sometime he just runs.

Raphael Kabo is a slam poet, quiet poet, and writer. He thinks a lot about people and cities, and the way they interact. Since accidentally getting into the finals of the 2010 Australian National Poetry Slam, he has performed widely in Australia and the UK, and been published in Burley, Gargouille, and Meniscus, among others. He runs Pilcrow Press, an independent printing press, and sometime he just runs.

Pantera Press author J.M. Donellan is also a musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher. Almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, he nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris. His latest book Killing Adonis is a tragicomic tale about love, delusion, corporate greed and the hazards of using pineapple cutters while hallucinating. Can you taste the sound of murder?

Pantera Press author J.M. Donellan is also a musician, slam poet, radio DJ and teacher. Almost devoured by a tiger in the jungles of Malaysia, he nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris. His latest book Killing Adonis is a tragicomic tale about love, delusion, corporate greed and the hazards of using pineapple cutters while hallucinating. Can you taste the sound of murder?

Public servant and pop culture fiend, Lisa Sampson arrived in Canberra in 2010 and co-founded No Lights No Lycra Canberra in 2012. In the past two years, she has held over 100 dance-in-the-dark events. In 2015, Lisa will make monthly LISTEN IN listening parties a Thing. Music nerds rejoice!

Public servant and pop culture fiend, Lisa Sampson arrived in Canberra in 2010 and co-founded No Lights No Lycra Canberra in 2012. In the past two years, she has held over 100 dance-in-the-dark events. In 2015, Lisa will make monthly LISTEN IN listening parties a Thing. Music nerds rejoice!

Marissa McDowell born in Cowra NSW now living in Canberra ACT began writing poetry at sixteen years of age. She started seriously writing again after joining the Us Mob Writing group and has since had her poetry printed in the 2013 Ora Nui Special Edition. After completing a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production and Bachelor of Arts Honours with the University of Canberra she went onto produce ten short documentaries for National Indigenous Television NITV. During this time she was the recipient of a solo photo exhibition with PhotoAccess.

Marissa McDowell born in Cowra NSW now living in Canberra ACT began writing poetry at sixteen years of age. She started seriously writing again after joining the Us Mob Writing group and has since had her poetry printed in the 2013 Ora Nui Special Edition. After completing a Bachelor of Media Arts and Production and Bachelor of Arts Honours with the University of Canberra she went onto produce ten short documentaries for National Indigenous Television NITV. During this time she was the recipient of a solo photo exhibition with PhotoAccess.

Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based poet, writer and editor with an interest in experimental form and the critical spaces between bodies and identities. She tweets at @emmacones and blogs at emmamariejones.com.

Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based poet, writer and editor with an interest in experimental form and the critical spaces between bodies and identities. She tweets at @emmacones and blogs at emmamariejones.com.

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri poet and writer. She is currently an Australian Research Council Fellow at ANU. Jeanine's research looks at the development of Aboriginal literature since 1989 through the David Unaipon Award.

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri poet and writer. She is currently an Australian Research Council Fellow at ANU. Jeanine's research looks at the development of Aboriginal literature since 1989 through the David Unaipon Award.

Claire Capel-Stanley is a writer and curator based in Canberra. Her experimental practice explores physical relationships between language, writing and the body, using handwriting, sculptural forms, clothing, fabric and performance. She was teased at school for reading the thesaurus during silent reading and is currently enjoying the last laugh.

Claire Capel-Stanley is a writer and curator based in Canberra. Her experimental practice explores physical relationships between language, writing and the body, using handwriting, sculptural forms, clothing, fabric and performance. She was teased at school for reading the thesaurus during silent reading and is currently enjoying the last laugh.

Deb Cleland is a researcher by day, a writer by night, and an acrobat whenever possible. Through combining her background in human ecology and interest in creative practice, Deb designs science communication games and performance pieces. She writes about this at onefishtofish.com.

Deb Cleland is a researcher by day, a writer by night, and an acrobat whenever possible. Through combining her background in human ecology and interest in creative practice, Deb designs science communication games and performance pieces. She writes about this at onefishtofish.com.

Maryann Mussared is a full-time Canberra based artist. A long-time book-worm, she eagerly awaits the Lifeline Bookfair but also enjoys the way she has been able to incorporate unwanted books into her arts practice.

Maryann Mussared is a full-time Canberra based artist. A long-time book-worm, she eagerly awaits the Lifeline Bookfair but also enjoys the way she has been able to incorporate unwanted books into her arts practice.

Lapsed philosopher, researcher and climate activist, Tom Swann has some stuff published, makes trouble, tries to get ANU to divest coal. He's struggling with what it means now to live in the shadow of vast storms we knowingly unleash on ourselves and our world, sometimes longs for a life of Kant scholarship.

Lapsed philosopher, researcher and climate activist, Tom Swann has some stuff published, makes trouble, tries to get ANU to divest coal. He's struggling with what it means now to live in the shadow of vast storms we knowingly unleash on ourselves and our world, sometimes longs for a life of Kant scholarship.

Monica Styles is a Canberra based photographic artist and a recent graduate from the Australian National University, School of Art. Styles' predominantly works in colour portraiture - unearthing human stories, and investigating gender and sexuality

Monica Styles is a Canberra based photographic artist and a recent graduate from the Australian National University, School of Art. Styles' predominantly works in colour portraiture - unearthing human stories, and investigating gender and sexuality

Serena Chalker is an independent artist and co-director of award winning company, Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Serena’s works have been presented at the Process Space Art Festival (BG), Springhouse 2014 (DE), One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe.

Serena Chalker is an independent artist and co-director of award winning company, Anything Is Valid Dance Theatre. Serena’s works have been presented at the Process Space Art Festival (BG), Springhouse 2014 (DE), One to One: Charting the Personal Terrain (UK), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Fringe World and Adelaide Fringe.

Since 1994, Mez Breeze’s award-winning digital writing/games have been influential in shaping interactive genres, and are held in Collections at The World Bank, National Library of Australia and Duke University. Mez runs @MezBreezeDesign, is a Mixed Augmented Reality Art Research Organisation Advisor, and Bournemouth University's 2014 New Media Writing Prize Judge.

Since 1994, Mez Breeze’s award-winning digital writing/games have been influential in shaping interactive genres, and are held in Collections at The World Bank, National Library of Australia and Duke University. Mez runs @MezBreezeDesign, is a Mixed Augmented Reality Art Research Organisation Advisor, and Bournemouth University's 2014 New Media Writing Prize Judge.

Katie "KJ" Taylor was born in 1986 and signed her first publishing contract at the age of 18 (she didn't tell the publisher she was a teenager). Since then she has commercially published thirteen novels, six of them overseas. She is most well-known for her high fantasy series The Cymrian Saga, which includes the Fallen Moon and Risen Sun trilogies and is published in Australia by HarperCollins Voyager. K.J.Taylor gives talks and workshops at schools, and enjoys helping aspiring authors.

Katie "KJ" Taylor was born in 1986 and signed her first publishing contract at the age of 18 (she didn't tell the publisher she was a teenager). Since then she has commercially published thirteen novels, six of them overseas. She is most well-known for her high fantasy series The Cymrian Saga, which includes the Fallen Moon and Risen Sun trilogies and is published in Australia by HarperCollins Voyager. K.J.Taylor gives talks and workshops at schools, and enjoys helping aspiring authors.

John Lombard is a Canberra-based writer, actor, director and theatre critic.  Last year his horror radio play 'The Bell Coffin' was played on Radio National.  He is also the 2014 winner of both Short+Sweet Canberra (for 'The Literary Monogamist') and Sydney (for 'Therapist').  Recently he produced the Valentine's Day showcase 'Love' at Smith's Alternative, which featured his play 'Bonds'.  As an actor he has played the lead in Tempo's production of 'The Mousetrap' and has also performed with Everyman, Centrepiece and Canberra Repertory.  His theatre reviews can be seen on The RiotACT, City News and Canberra Critic's Circle.  He loves cats.

John Lombard is a Canberra-based writer, actor, director and theatre critic.  Last year his horror radio play 'The Bell Coffin' was played on Radio National.  He is also the 2014 winner of both Short+Sweet Canberra (for 'The Literary Monogamist') and Sydney (for 'Therapist').  Recently he produced the Valentine's Day showcase 'Love' at Smith's Alternative, which featured his play 'Bonds'.  As an actor he has played the lead in Tempo's production of 'The Mousetrap' and has also performed with Everyman, Centrepiece and Canberra Repertory.  His theatre reviews can be seen on The RiotACT, City News and Canberra Critic's Circle.  He loves cats.

Chris Sutevski is a Canberra based drawer and printmaker interested in codifying, hacking and disrupting the drawing process. He hopes to play notions of hand-made, mechanical, natural and algorithmic off each other and in turn investigate drawing systems.

Chris Sutevski is a Canberra based drawer and printmaker interested in codifying, hacking and disrupting the drawing process. He hopes to play notions of hand-made, mechanical, natural and algorithmic off each other and in turn investigate drawing systems.

Christopher Brew grew up in Canberra and is currently based in Sydney, after a little stint in London. In between teaching classes on community engagement, he writes (and reads) poetry, mostly, concerned with negotiating gaps between people/places/things – time, space etc. For noted, he’s collaborating with Rosa Campbell.

Christopher Brew grew up in Canberra and is currently based in Sydney, after a little stint in London. In between teaching classes on community engagement, he writes (and reads) poetry, mostly, concerned with negotiating gaps between people/places/things – time, space etc. For noted, he’s collaborating with Rosa Campbell.

Serial celebrity name dropper Bela Farkas is a Canberra-based poet. A lot of his work has been heavily influenced by popular culture and current events. He has featured at Canberra’s  BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Traverse Poetry Slam, West Word Poetry and as part of the ACT Australian Poetry Slam. He has been interviewed and performed poetry as part of the  documentary series Behind the Words and on 2xx radio. He has also performed at the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, National Folk and YouAreHere festivals as part of the Tragic Troubadours. He has been published in the Delinquent and has given speeches on poetry and performance at schools. (Image Adam Thomas)

Serial celebrity name dropper Bela Farkas is a Canberra-based poet. A lot of his work has been heavily influenced by popular culture and current events. He has featured at Canberra’s  BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Traverse Poetry Slam, West Word Poetry and as part of the ACT Australian Poetry Slam. He has been interviewed and performed poetry as part of the  documentary series Behind the Words and on 2xx radio. He has also performed at the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, National Folk and YouAreHere festivals as part of the Tragic Troubadours. He has been published in the Delinquent and has given speeches on poetry and performance at schools. (Image Adam Thomas)

Kate Iselin is a freelance creative journalist residing in Sydney. She is the Opinions Editor of Backyard Opera and has previously edited Vanity Project. Kate has written for Daily Life, The Modern Connoisseur, and Bullsh!t Blog (among others) and has appeared on The Project and The Feed. Kate lives for martinis, worships Sylvia Plath and Cat Marnell, and is currently dating total strangers for her blog project Thirty Dates Of Tinder.

Kate Iselin is a freelance creative journalist residing in Sydney. She is the Opinions Editor of Backyard Opera and has previously edited Vanity Project. Kate has written for Daily Life, The Modern Connoisseur, and Bullsh!t Blog (among others) and has appeared on The Project and The Feed. Kate lives for martinis, worships Sylvia Plath and Cat Marnell, and is currently dating total strangers for her blog project Thirty Dates Of Tinder.

Tasnim Hossain is a playwright and performance poet. Her work has been staged by ATYP and published by Currency Press. She has been an Associate Artist at Canberra Youth Theatre. Her first solo show was developed through Playwriting Australia’s Lotus Program for Asian-Australian Writers, premiering at Fringe World in Perth.

Tasnim Hossain is a playwright and performance poet. Her work has been staged by ATYP and published by Currency Press. She has been an Associate Artist at Canberra Youth Theatre. Her first solo show was developed through Playwriting Australia’s Lotus Program for Asian-Australian Writers, premiering at Fringe World in Perth.

Jess Stone is from Canberra but pretends otherwise. Life highlights include: the taste of smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, buying and then wearing a silk jumpsuit, the moment of suspension in a grand jete, and selling tacos on the street in China.

Jess Stone is from Canberra but pretends otherwise. Life highlights include: the taste of smoked salmon and cream cheese bagels, buying and then wearing a silk jumpsuit, the moment of suspension in a grand jete, and selling tacos on the street in China.

Kate Ruebenson is a New York City native currently getting her MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College. Having lived in England, Brazil, California and Oregon, she is now happily residing in Brooklyn for a third-time. In addition to poetry, she enjoys experimenting with prose, film and photography.

Kate Ruebenson is a New York City native currently getting her MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College. Having lived in England, Brazil, California and Oregon, she is now happily residing in Brooklyn for a third-time. In addition to poetry, she enjoys experimenting with prose, film and photography.

Merrindahl Andrew writes poetry and short fiction, some of which has appeared in Cordite, Verity La, Islet, Block, Museand Muse Apprentice Guild. She also researches feminist politics and has worked for various community and activist organisations over the last fifteen years. Recently she has been busy parenting.

Merrindahl Andrew writes poetry and short fiction, some of which has appeared in Cordite, Verity La, Islet, Block, Museand Muse Apprentice Guild. She also researches feminist politics and has worked for various community and activist organisations over the last fifteen years. Recently she has been busy parenting.

Lex Hirst is an editor at Random House Australia, currently specialising in digital-first romance books. She’s also a co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, helps run Factory Talks at the Sydney Story Factory, produces a political panel series at Giant Dwarf called the Junkee Take On and generally reads as much as she can. She loves bromeliads, beaches, negronis and the blues. Follow her @LexHirst.

Lex Hirst is an editor at Random House Australia, currently specialising in digital-first romance books. She’s also a co-director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, helps run Factory Talks at the Sydney Story Factory, produces a political panel series at Giant Dwarf called the Junkee Take On and generally reads as much as she can. She loves bromeliads, beaches, negronis and the blues. Follow her @LexHirst.

The themes in Denise Burton’s poetry reflect life experiences such as raising children, travelling, family, family history, and living in the country. She is from Canberra and enjoys the creativity of writing with the Café Poets. See www.deniseburton.net

The themes in Denise Burton’s poetry reflect life experiences such as raising children, travelling, family, family history, and living in the country. She is from Canberra and enjoys the creativity of writing with the Café Poets. See www.deniseburton.net

Jordan Morris’s first novel, Round and Round was highly commended and shortlisted for the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Fiction Award, and a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. He won the 2005 Young & Emerging Writer Mentorship with Jackie French, and wrote the sold-out show Noir Revue.

Jordan Morris’s first novel, Round and Round was highly commended and shortlisted for the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Fiction Award, and a quarterfinalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition. He won the 2005 Young & Emerging Writer Mentorship with Jackie French, and wrote the sold-out show Noir Revue.

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer. She blogs at Little Girl with a Big Pen, and is the online editor at Writers Bloc. Her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Killings, Tincture, Feminartsy and others. Her writing is most often interested in memory, family, food and mental health and illness.

Sam van Zweden is a Melbourne-based writer. She blogs at Little Girl with a Big Pen, and is the online editor at Writers Bloc. Her work has appeared in The Big Issue, Killings, Tincture, Feminartsy and others. Her writing is most often interested in memory, family, food and mental health and illness.

Students at Saints Peter & Paul Primary School in Garran love meeting literacy challenges. In 2014, they took part in a short story competition (publishing a book of all entries), competed in spelling bees and a Verse Speaking Eisteddfod, held a poetry slam and published a weekly student's online journal. This year they're looking forward to participating in a short film festival, a meme competition and are very excited to be involved in the 2015 Noted Writers' Festival.

Students at Saints Peter & Paul Primary School in Garran love meeting literacy challenges. In 2014, they took part in a short story competition (publishing a book of all entries), competed in spelling bees and a Verse Speaking Eisteddfod, held a poetry slam and published a weekly student's online journal. This year they're looking forward to participating in a short film festival, a meme competition and are very excited to be involved in the 2015 Noted Writers' Festival.

Rosalind Lemoh graduated from the ANU School of Art in 2007 with first class honours and a major in Sculpture. In 2014 she received a highly commended from the Harris and Hobbs Small Sculpture Prize and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space members show. In 2015, her work has been short-listed for the Paramor Prize: Art & Innovation in Sydney.

Rosalind Lemoh graduated from the ANU School of Art in 2007 with first class honours and a major in Sculpture. In 2014 she received a highly commended from the Harris and Hobbs Small Sculpture Prize and the Canberra Contemporary Art Space members show. In 2015, her work has been short-listed for the Paramor Prize: Art & Innovation in Sydney.

James Doig lives in Canberra where he works at the National Archives of Australia. He has published several anthologies and single author collections of supernatural stories by colonial Australian authors. He has also published articles about obscure writers of horror and supernatural stories such as 'Keith Fleming,' R.R. Ryan and Reginald Hodder, as well as Australian writers and artists of pulp fiction such as Frank Benier, Ray Slattery and James Holledge.  His first collection of ghost stories, Friends of the Dead, was recently published by Sarob Press in the UK.  He has a Ph.D in medieval history from the University of Swansea, Wales.

James Doig lives in Canberra where he works at the National Archives of Australia. He has published several anthologies and single author collections of supernatural stories by colonial Australian authors. He has also published articles about obscure writers of horror and supernatural stories such as 'Keith Fleming,' R.R. Ryan and Reginald Hodder, as well as Australian writers and artists of pulp fiction such as Frank Benier, Ray Slattery and James Holledge.  His first collection of ghost stories, Friends of the Dead, was recently published by Sarob Press in the UK.  He has a Ph.D in medieval history from the University of Swansea, Wales.

Nicci Haynes identifies as a printmaker but I also draw, make books and awkward little videos. She does performance, but is reluctant to call herself a ‘performance artist’: that’s someone who is embarrassing in public. She embarrasses herself in her studio with a camera on self-timer. Nicci works in Printmedia and Drawing at the ANU.

Nicci Haynes identifies as a printmaker but I also draw, make books and awkward little videos. She does performance, but is reluctant to call herself a ‘performance artist’: that’s someone who is embarrassing in public. She embarrasses herself in her studio with a camera on self-timer. Nicci works in Printmedia and Drawing at the ANU.

Cathy Hunt is a writer, theatre-maker and recent graduate of VCA Directing. She’s performed as Ms Beige Brown for over 10 years. Her screenplay Beige Brown: Wombless without Words won Audience choice at the Reel as Real film festival. In June she will take a devised work to Prague Quadrennial. 

Cathy Hunt is a writer, theatre-maker and recent graduate of VCA Directing. She’s performed as Ms Beige Brown for over 10 years. Her screenplay Beige Brown: Wombless without Words won Audience choice at the Reel as Real film festival. In June she will take a devised work to Prague Quadrennial. 

Peter Papathanasiou was born in a Greek mountain village near the Albanian and Macedonian borders. He was adopted as a baby and grew up in Canberra, and has also lived in Palo Alto, New York and London. His short stories have won or been shortlisted for over 20 literary awards. His two novel-length manuscripts are now on submission to agents and publishers in Australia and the UK. He was part of the 2014 Hardcopy manuscript    development program and won the 2007 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Award. His writing will appear in the 2015 Fellowship of Australian Writers WA anthology and Caught by the River. He writes about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Twitter @peteplastic

Peter Papathanasiou was born in a Greek mountain village near the Albanian and Macedonian borders. He was adopted as a baby and grew up in Canberra, and has also lived in Palo Alto, New York and London. His short stories have won or been shortlisted for over 20 literary awards. His two novel-length manuscripts are now on submission to agents and publishers in Australia and the UK. He was part of the 2014 Hardcopy manuscript    development program and won the 2007 Marjorie Graber-McInnis Award. His writing will appear in the 2015 Fellowship of Australian Writers WA anthology and Caught by the River. He writes about ordinary people in extraordinary situations. Twitter @peteplastic

Paul Magee was born in Melbourne in 1970. He studied Classical languages and Russian, and since 2004 has taught poetry composition and criticism at the University of Canberra, where he is Associate Professor. His first book was a prose ethnography, From Here to Tierra del Fuego (2000). His first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the Innovation Award in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. His most recent book is Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press, 2014).

Paul Magee was born in Melbourne in 1970. He studied Classical languages and Russian, and since 2004 has taught poetry composition and criticism at the University of Canberra, where he is Associate Professor. His first book was a prose ethnography, From Here to Tierra del Fuego (2000). His first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press, 2006), was shortlisted for the Innovation Award in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. His most recent book is Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press, 2014).

Emma Davidson is an artist and zine maker from Sydney; interested in other worlds, secret gardens and magic doors. Her work – perhaps not unusually – commences from a point of not knowing what to do. The way out of this void is lit by a word or words: a concept or sentence, usually filched from an old encycopedia or children’s reference book.

Emma Davidson is an artist and zine maker from Sydney; interested in other worlds, secret gardens and magic doors. Her work – perhaps not unusually – commences from a point of not knowing what to do. The way out of this void is lit by a word or words: a concept or sentence, usually filched from an old encycopedia or children’s reference book.

Ryan "Skip" Schipper is the rotten lettuce at the back of Canberra's poetry refrigerator. While you survey half-jars of marmalade and leaking takeaway containers, Skip guards the final beer with an ascetic pestilence. Like all fridgethings, he is repulsive, but ultimately, fascinating. (Image Adam Thomas)

Ryan "Skip" Schipper is the rotten lettuce at the back of Canberra's poetry refrigerator. While you survey half-jars of marmalade and leaking takeaway containers, Skip guards the final beer with an ascetic pestilence. Like all fridgethings, he is repulsive, but ultimately, fascinating. (Image Adam Thomas)

A thirty year old, chronically ill, genderqueer Charles J Quinn, decided to perform at every BAD!SLAM! for a year. They did and they were good, then awful, then okayish, then awful, and so continued until a few years later they had become the uniquely good and awful poet they are today. Charles J Quinn also enjoys daydreaming about marrying Data from Star Trek TNG and never updating their blog.

A thirty year old, chronically ill, genderqueer Charles J Quinn, decided to perform at every BAD!SLAM! for a year. They did and they were good, then awful, then okayish, then awful, and so continued until a few years later they had become the uniquely good and awful poet they are today. Charles J Quinn also enjoys daydreaming about marrying Data from Star Trek TNG and never updating their blog.

Rosa Campbell grew up in Sydney and moved to London where she lives now, teaching kids to read, reading herself, writing for theatre and page. She's just finished her first novel. She's collaborating with Christopher Brew for Noted festival

Rosa Campbell grew up in Sydney and moved to London where she lives now, teaching kids to read, reading herself, writing for theatre and page. She's just finished her first novel. She's collaborating with Christopher Brew for Noted festival

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman, and descendent of the Wakka Wakka and Gurang Gurang mobs. An emerging writer, she has recently been awarded the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. She has published work in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, and By Close of Business. She has participated in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild's (CSFG) team in the Book-in-a-day Competition in 2012 and 2013; both times the work was been highly commended. She is completing her Masters of Creative Writing, and is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's writing, speculative fiction, culturally appropriate publishing and her mob.

Lisa Fuller is a Wuilli Wuilli woman, and descendent of the Wakka Wakka and Gurang Gurang mobs. An emerging writer, she has recently been awarded the 2014 Anne Edgeworth Fellowship. She has published work in Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, and By Close of Business. She has participated in the Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild's (CSFG) team in the Book-in-a-day Competition in 2012 and 2013; both times the work was been highly commended. She is completing her Masters of Creative Writing, and is passionate about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's writing, speculative fiction, culturally appropriate publishing and her mob.

With synapses snapping to art of all senses and nonsenses (in ekphrastic ecstasy), Sarah St Vincent Welch’s poetic fragments are so short and sharp they are akin to a bird’s chirrup. Right now she is exploring interactive creation in the twitterverse, beyond, and back again. Follow her @SSTVW

With synapses snapping to art of all senses and nonsenses
(in ekphrastic ecstasy), Sarah St Vincent Welch’s poetic fragments are so short and sharp they are akin to a bird’s chirrup. Right now she is exploring interactive creation in the twitterverse, beyond, and
back again. Follow her @SSTVW

Patrick Lenton is a playwright, fiction writer and blogger at The Spontaneity Review. He was a Finalist in the SOYA Awards and shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. He writes The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. He is a Digital Marketer for Momentum Books. His collection ‘A Man Made Entirely of Bats’ is coming out in 2015. He tweets @patricklenton.

Patrick Lenton is a playwright, fiction writer and blogger at The Spontaneity Review. He was a Finalist in the SOYA Awards and shortlisted for the Scribe Nonfiction Prize. He writes The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. He is a Digital Marketer for Momentum Books. His collection ‘A Man Made Entirely of Bats’ is coming out in 2015. He tweets @patricklenton.

Samantha Faulkner is a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal woman from the Wuthuthi and Yadhaigana peoples, Cape York Peninsula and Badu and Moa Islands, Torres Strait. She is the author of Life Blong Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait a book on her grandfather's life. She has poetry and prose published in By Close of Business, Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, and Ora Nui: A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature.

Samantha Faulkner is a Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal woman from the Wuthuthi and Yadhaigana peoples, Cape York Peninsula and Badu and Moa Islands, Torres Strait. She is the author of Life Blong Ali Drummond: A Life in the Torres Strait a book on her grandfather's life. She has poetry and prose published in By Close of Business, Etchings Indigenous: Treaty, and Ora Nui: A Collection of Maori and Aboriginal Literature.

Sandra Renew 's poetry raises contemporary issues and questions about war, language, dislocation, border crossings, dissent and gender. She is from Canberra and enjoys the creativity of writing with the Café Poets. www.sandrarenew.wordpress.com

Sandra Renew 's poetry raises contemporary issues and questions about war, language, dislocation, border crossings, dissent and gender. She is from Canberra and enjoys the creativity of writing with the Café Poets. www.sandrarenew.wordpress.com

Jess Oliver is a Canberra based writer, editor and curator with a penchant for words and shiny objects (literal and metaphorical). She also enjoys chocolate, books and red wine, and is a self-confessed 'but why?' person.

Jess Oliver is a Canberra based writer, editor and curator with a penchant for words and shiny objects (literal and metaphorical). She also enjoys chocolate, books and red wine, and is a self-confessed 'but why?' person.

Indigo Eli is a poetically inclined writer, artist and performer. She is a three-time Australian Poetry Slam national finalist and co-founder of the nameless project and Spoken Word SA. Indigo performs, publishes and exhibits her work. www.indigoeli.com

Indigo Eli is a poetically inclined writer, artist and performer. She is a three-time Australian Poetry Slam national finalist and co-founder of the nameless project and Spoken Word SA. Indigo performs, publishes and exhibits her work. www.indigoeli.com

Matt Hetherington has performed and published his poems for over 20 years throughout Australia, Europe, and America, including in the anthologies The Best Australian Poetry [2007, UQP], and The Best Australian Poems [2004, 2009, 2010, 2012,  2014, Black Inc.]  His fourth collection of poetry [and first collection of haiku] For Instance, was published in March by Mulla Mulla Press, and he is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society.  Some current inspirations are: Miles Davis' ‘electric period, his 7 year-old daughter Jess, and plain old sunshine.

Matt Hetherington has performed and published his poems for over 20 years throughout Australia, Europe, and America, including in the anthologies The Best Australian Poetry [2007, UQP], and The Best Australian Poems [2004, 2009, 2010, 2012,  2014, Black Inc.]  His fourth collection of poetry [and first collection of haiku] For Instance, was published in March by Mulla Mulla Press, and he is also on the board of the Australian Haiku Society.  Some current inspirations are: Miles Davis' ‘electric period, his 7 year-old daughter Jess, and plain old sunshine.

Eleanor Malbon and Aaron Kirby are poets from Canberra interested in questions of human society and the earth from which it blooms. Together the writers and performers of Eucapocalypts Now, part of You Are Here 2015. (Image Adam Thomas)

Eleanor Malbon and Aaron Kirby are poets from Canberra interested in questions of human society and the earth from which it blooms. Together the writers and performers of Eucapocalypts Now, part of You Are Here 2015. (Image Adam Thomas)

Pantera Press author Lynette Noni is an emerging dream-weaver to expect wonderful things from! An avid reader since childhood, Lynette was devastated when her Hogwarts’ letter didn’t arrive, yet consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could to find her way to Narnia. With a professional approach, Lynette is always creating and setting herself new writing challenges. Her dedicated blog reflects her passion for storytelling and follows her inspiring publishing journey. Her debut title Akarnaeintroduces readers to the students of the Akarnae Academy for the gifted as The Medoran Chronicles begin.

Pantera Press author Lynette Noni is an emerging dream-weaver to expect wonderful things from! An avid reader since childhood, Lynette was devastated when her Hogwarts’ letter didn’t arrive, yet consoled herself by looking inside every wardrobe she could to find her way to Narnia. With a professional approach, Lynette is always creating and setting herself new writing challenges. Her dedicated blog reflects her passion for storytelling and follows her inspiring publishing journey. Her debut title Akarnaeintroduces readers to the students of the Akarnae Academy for the gifted as The Medoran Chronicles begin.

Justin Wolfers is a writer and editor from Sydney. He edits Seizure’s AltTxt project, and has written for places like The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Australian, Penguin Plays Rough, Stilts, and the UTS Writer’s Anthology.

Justin Wolfers is a writer and editor from Sydney. He edits Seizure’s AltTxt project, and has written for places like The Lifted Brow, Kill Your Darlings, The Australian, Penguin Plays Rough, Stilts, and the UTS Writer’s Anthology.

Candace Petrik's work has appeared in Australian Love Stories, Wet Ink, Tincture Journal and Voiceworks. She has coordinated events for the National Young Writers Festival and Sticky Institute. Candace’s first novel-length manuscript, The Swimming Pool Sea, was selected as part of the 2014 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.

Candace Petrik's work has appeared in Australian Love Stories, Wet Ink, Tincture Journal and Voiceworks. She has coordinated events for the National Young Writers Festival and Sticky Institute. Candace’s first novel-length manuscript, The Swimming Pool Sea, was selected as part of the 2014 QWC/Hachette Australia Manuscript Development Program.

Samia Goudie is a writer, director, producer and artist. She has been published in the 2013 edition of The Southerly Journal, anthology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders special edition "I am here" (the Southerly, Vol. 71, No. 2, 2011: 12-1 3). She was a 2006 recipient of the Fullbright Award. She has developed a process using digital story telling as an engagement tool for youth and communities to tell their stories as well as an archiving process to record community oral histories. She has shared this work in the USA and in 2007 was invited to help pilot a similar project with the Hope-Vale Community with the Pelican project. See http://samiasto ries.wordpress.com and www.svpelican.com.

Samia Goudie is a writer, director, producer and artist. She has been published in the 2013 edition of The Southerly Journal, anthology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders special edition "I am here" (the Southerly, Vol. 71, No. 2, 2011: 12-1 3). She was a 2006 recipient of the Fullbright Award. She has developed a process using digital story telling as an engagement tool for youth and communities to tell their stories as well as an archiving process to record community oral histories. She has shared this work in the USA and in 2007 was invited to help pilot a similar project with the Hope-Vale Community with the Pelican project. See http://samiasto ries.wordpress.com and www.svpelican.com.

Grace Finlayson grew up in Canberra, London, and Brisbane. She won the QUT Undergraduate Writing Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize 2014. Grace has First Class Honours in creative writing and her work has appeared in literary journals such as Kill Your Darlings and Stilts.

Grace Finlayson grew up in Canberra, London, and Brisbane. She won the QUT Undergraduate Writing Prize 2013 and was shortlisted for the QUT Postgraduate Writing Prize 2014. Grace has First Class Honours in creative writing and her work has appeared in literary journals such as Kill Your Darlings and Stilts.

Michelle Bedford is an emerging artist and writer of poetry, prose and storytelling. She is an Aboriginal woman originally from the Jaru/Kija people in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. An aspiring storyteller, Michelle has been writing poetry for many years. Michelle is also a visual artist with a strong interest in photography and has been trying to incorporate this and her artwork into visual presentations of poetry reading.

Michelle Bedford is an emerging artist and writer of poetry, prose and storytelling. She is an Aboriginal woman originally from the Jaru/Kija people in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. An aspiring storyteller, Michelle has been writing poetry for many years. Michelle is also a visual artist with a strong interest in photography and has been trying to incorporate this and her artwork into visual presentations of poetry reading.

Kaaron Warren has sold 200 short stories, three novels including the multi-award-winning Slights, and five short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls and her most recent, The Gate Theory. Kaaron is a Current Fellow at MoAD, researching Menzies, William Ashton, and the Granny Killer. You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/ and she Tweets @KaaronWarren

Kaaron Warren has sold 200 short stories, three novels including the multi-award-winning Slights, and five short story collections including the multi-award-winning Through Splintered Walls and her most recent, The Gate Theory. Kaaron is a Current Fellow at MoAD, researching Menzies, William Ashton, and the Granny Killer. You can find her at http://kaaronwarren.wordpress.com/ and she Tweets @KaaronWarren

Louise Upshall is a Canberra based artist whose work explores gender, identity and spirit. Interested in the transformative power of collage, she deconstructs found imagery and rearranges it into images of new power and meaning.  

Louise Upshall is a Canberra based artist whose work explores gender, identity and spirit. Interested in the transformative power of collage, she deconstructs found imagery and rearranges it into images of new power and meaning.
 

The Us Mob Writing Group is a diverse group of emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers who have published an Anthology, By Close of Business in 2013. They have performed at various events locally, national and internationally and contributed to various publications also.

The Us Mob Writing Group is a diverse group of emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers who have published an Anthology, By Close of Business in 2013. They have performed at various events locally, national and internationally and contributed to various publications also.

 Rosanna Stevens is researching a book about menstruation and a book about music and it's a race to see which one is going to bludgeon her first: a really heavy flow or a really heavy PhD? Her writing has been published, praised and awarded nationally.

 Rosanna Stevens is researching a book about menstruation and a book about music and it's a race to see which one is going to bludgeon her first: a really heavy flow or a really heavy PhD? Her writing has been published, praised and awarded nationally.

Beige Brown is Australia’s foremost feminist performance poet. Her permutative sound poetry ingests uncertainty into the phallogentric project of mainstream literary culture, exploding the big edifice to spurt many smaller openings. A past honoured guest at Crack & Griffringe, she is highly regarded by discerning members of Australia’s literary cognoscenti.

Beige Brown is Australia’s foremost feminist performance poet. Her permutative sound poetry ingests uncertainty into the phallogentric project of mainstream literary culture, exploding the big edifice to spurt many smaller openings. A past honoured guest at Crack & Griffringe, she is highly regarded by discerning members of Australia’s literary cognoscenti.

The Chair of the First Nations Australians Writers Network (FNAWN), a Wiradjuri woman Kerry Reed-Gilbert has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works with the US Mob Writing group By Close of Business, and was co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaborative collection between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers. Her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally. She has published numerous books and publications. Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other languages.

The Chair of the First Nations Australians Writers Network (FNAWN), a Wiradjuri woman Kerry Reed-Gilbert has performed and conducted writing workshops nationally and internationally. In 2013 she co-edited a collection of works with the US Mob Writing group By Close of Business, and was co-editor for the Ora Nui Journal a collaborative collection between First Nations Australia writers and Maori writers. Her poetry and prose have been published in many journals and anthologies nationally and internationally. She has published numerous books and publications. Her works has been translated in French, Korean, Benglai, Dutch and other languages.

Jessie Adams is a graduate of the ANU School of Art in Photomedia. Her work explores the politics of representation, as well as photography as a means of therapy. These concerns are coloured by her love for textiles and the idea of fashion as an extension of the body and a tactile personal history. In 2014 she released her first silk scarf collection using photograhic processes (@theriverthe_rain). She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Jessie Adams is a graduate of the ANU School of Art in Photomedia. Her work explores the politics of representation, as well as photography as a means of therapy. These concerns are coloured by her love for textiles and the idea of fashion as an extension of the body and a tactile personal history. In 2014 she released her first silk scarf collection using photograhic processes (@theriverthe_rain). She is currently based in Melbourne, Australia. 

Niki Aken is a multi-award winning screenwriter with credits  including ‘Underbelly’ (Nine) and ‘ANZAC Girls‘ (ABC1). ‘Poppy’, a short film Niki wrote and produced, screened at Flickerfest and St Kilda Film Festival. A former drama executive at Screentime, Niki currently has several projects in development spanning comedy and drama.

Niki Aken is a multi-award winning screenwriter with credits  including ‘Underbelly’ (Nine) and ‘ANZAC Girls‘ (ABC1). ‘Poppy’, a short film Niki wrote and produced, screened at Flickerfest and
St Kilda Film Festival. A former drama executive at Screentime,
Niki currently has several projects in development spanning comedy and drama.