Drew Carrick-Anderson Drew is an ESOL teacher and e-Learning Developer. He used to be all about reading, cooking and rugby, but has recently got big into basketball, too. He spends most weekends agonising over the fact that he isn't writing enough.
Nikki Crutchley works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader, and squeezes in short story and flash fiction writing time when she can. Her work has been published in Flash Frontier, The Flash Fiction Press, and Mayhem Literary Journal.
Suzanne Day likes to make things. She has worked in advertising and visual communication for over twenty years, on a plethora of projects, with an emphasis on creating brand stories. Currently she is writing and illustrating a tween series inspired by the wonder, beauty and magic of nature.
Jack Gabriel is a teacher and freelance writer living in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and two cats. He divides his free time between writing, procrastination, and drinking too much coffee.
James George is a novelist and short story writer of Ngapuhi, English and Irish descent. He is author of Wooden Horses, Hummingbird and Ocean Roads. His works have been twice shortlisted for Montana NZ Book Awards, the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (South East Asia and Pacific Region).
Michael Giacon is an Auckland-based poet, performer and educationalist. In 2016 he graduated from a Master in Creative Writing at the Auckland University of Technology, and was also awarded the Kathleen Grattan Prize for a sequence of poems for Argento in no man land.
J A Grierson is a New Zealander who read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, England. In 2014, she completed a Master of Creative Writing degree. She is a founding director of Cloud Ink Press Limited and is currently completing a novel, based on fact, The Last Roman.
Trisha Hanifin writes short stories and flash fiction as well as her novel, Ghost Travellers. In 2014 she won the Auckland University’s Ingenio magazine’s short story competition with her story, Me and Bobby Magee. Her flash fiction has been published in Turbine, Flash Frontiers, Heartlands, and the 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Anthology, To Carry Her Home.
Auckland based Kerry Harrison has had short stories and poems published in various literary magazines over the last 30 years, including Landfall, and is a graduate of the Masters of Creative Writing programme at AUT. Wahine, her first novel was published in 2013. She is now working on her novel, ‘That Other Boy’ based on her radio play and film script.
Siobhan Harvey is the author of Cloudboy (Otago University Press, 2014) and, as co-editor, Essential New Zealand Poems (Penguin Random House NZ, 2014). She's also a Lecturer at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology. Recently her work has been published in Arc (Ca), Asia Literary Review (HK), Atlas, Griffith Review (Aus) Sobotka (US), Stand (UK) and Structo (UK), as well as winning 2016 Write Well Award (US).
Helen Henry is a long term resident of Karitane, a village near the mouth of the Waikouaiti river that flows past the Huriawa peninsula. Her work background includes teaching at the local high school and working in the Coastal libraries.
Thalia Henry is the author of Beneath Pale Water, and her short story Broken Radio features in Fresh Ink.
Juliet Jackson is an artist and writer living in Auckland. She completed her Masters in Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology, 2013, achieving first class honours and receiving the Dean’s Award.
She has had short stories published in JAAM, Headland and Pot Roast journals, her debut novel, Dropping the Mask was published by Toi Ora 2016.
For Dione Jones writing is a long-held passion. Born in England, and often inspired to write about the past and the English way of life, she is now a Master of Creative Writing and hopes to publish her first novel next year.
Wes Lee lives in Wellington. Her publications include Cowboy Genes (Grist Books, University of Huddersfield Press, 2014), Shooting Gallery (Steele Roberts, 2016), and a pamphlet forthcoming in 2017 with Eyewear Publishing in London.
Anna Marshall is a second year Communication Design student at AUT majoring in Graphic Design. In the second semester of 2017 she will continue her degree at Tec de Monterrey, a University in Mexico, through the AUT exchange programme.
Artwork copyright © Anna Marshall
Lorraine Marson lives in Auckland. After a career in publishing and bookselling she now devotes herself to writing. She has completed a Master of Creative Writing at AUT and won the Jocelyn Grattan Prize for Fiction for her short story Flying in 2015.
Born and bred in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Shereen Asha Murugayah lives in Dunedin, New Zealand, pursuing a PhD in science. Her work has appeared in The Poetry Kit, Shot Glass Journal and Rambutan Literary.
Helen McNeil completed the Masters in Creative Writing at AUT in 2010 and has since published two novels set in New Zealand. She currently lives in Earthsong Eco-neighbourhood (Auckland, New Zealand) alongside chickens, organic gardens, lots of compost and constant negotiation. She writes about ordinary people dealing with the deep questions she struggles with herself: Where is home? What does family mean? Are my beliefs worth the pain? Who am I?
Dave Moore has been writing for four years and completed the Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology in 2016. A Senior Lecturer in the Engineering School at AUT by day, he is currently working on three full length novels - all at early draft stage.
Art Nahill is an American-born physician-writer who has been living in New Zealand since 2005 with his Kiwi wife and two sons. He is a former health and science correspondent for the Boston Globe and has published poetry in Harvard Review, Poetry, Takahe, Landfall, and Poetry New Zealand among others. His first book of poems entitled A Long Commute Home was published in 2014 and a second collection entitled Murmurations is forthcoming this year.
Joan Norlev Taylor is New Zealander of Anglo-Danish heritage. Her writing (prose and poetry) is wide-ranging, spanning diverse genres, and has been published in the UK, USA and New Zealand. Her most recent novel, Napoleon’s Willow, appeared in 2016 (with RSVP, Auckland).
Denise O’Hagan, a graduate of the Masters in Creative Writing programme at AUT, spent 12 years living and working in England, Belgium, Spain, Chile and Brazil after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Botany from Massey University. She has written three novels and lives in Auckland with her husband and three children.
Karen Phillips began writing in 2009 winning the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award that year. She has been placed in other competitions since then and been published in Takahe and Flash Frontier.
Kirsty Powell was raised on Highway 52 east of Eketahuna in a remote rural community. She now lives in rural South Auckland and enjoys writing authentic New Zealand characters into her fiction. She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first novel.
JCL Purchase lives at the water’s edge on Whangerei Harbour with her best friends; a man, two cats, and a dog. The complexities and challenges of life provide both the motivation for, and the subject matter of, her creative work in storytelling, script writing, and poetry, in which she explores and lays bare small detailed worlds populated by unlikely characters facing difficult situations.
Maximillian Quy is a painter, writer and illustrator. He is a recent graduate of the Master of Creative Writing program at Auckland University of Technology, where he completed his graphic short story collection, Lights Out / The Box. He is currently a part-time illustration lecturer at AUT.
Gillian Roach is an Auckland poet and fiction writer and recently completed the Master of Creative Writing at AUT. She studied English literature and language at Victoria University, and has a diploma in journalism. For the MCW she worked on a poetry collection, Bread Winner, exploring the question, What do you do?
Emma is writer, photographer and director. She completed the short fiction paper at IIML in 2015. She has previously been published in Headland (Issue 8) and The Cortland Review (Issue 75).
Photo credit to Paul McLaughlin.
Growing up in Northland in a small, rural town meant Jo Rodgers spent much of her childhood in nature, and it was there that she found inspiration for her art work. After leaving school, her art projects have been few and far between but always provide great satisfaction and, still, are usually inspired by nature. This work was created when she took drawing classes with a very talented friend, Rosa-May Rutherford.