Pippi Woolston was 12 years old when she wrote ‘Lockdown Learning’. She wrote it as a speech for the Mangakahia Year Eight Speech competition, which she won. Her proud grandma, Trish Fenton, submitted it to fresh ink 2021 on her behalf because ‘it presents an honest, twelve-year-old perspective on lockdown’.
Lily Holloway (born in 1998, they/she) is a forever-queer English Honours student. Her writing has been published in Starling, Scum, Poetry Lab Shanghai, The Pantograph Punch, Midway Journal. In 2020 she received the Shimon Weinroth Prize in Poetry, the Kendrick Smithyman Scholarship for Poetry and second place in the Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Competition.
Peta Hudson lives and writes in a small settlement on the Otago Peninsula, Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has had poems published in the Otago Daily Times and on the Given Words website. She has studied with Diane Brown and now is part of one of her manuscript groups.
Norman Franke is a New Zealand-based poet, visual artist and scholar. He has published widely about 18th century literature as well as German-speaking exile literature (Albert Einstein, Else Lasker-Schüler, Karl Wolfskehl) and eco-poetics. Norman’s poetry has been broadcast on radio and published in anthologies in Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.
Miliama Tapusoa was born on the beautiful island of Samoa and Aotearoa New Zealand became her home in 1970. In 2019 when Covid-19 broke out she was teaching in Weifang, China. Her writing for this anthology has helped her recovery journey from PTSD, something she had no idea she was experiencing until the day her body froze.
Jackson C. Payne is a writer from Aotearoa who lives on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people in Naarm-Melbourne. He is a doctoral candidate in creative writing at Monash University, where he also teaches. He has had work published in Verge 2021: Home (Monash University Press), Verge 2020: Ritual, Newsroom, The Spinoff and YouTube (uploaded by Wireless Docs, 22 Nov. 2018).
Sophia Wilson has recent writing in Blackmail Press, Love in the Time of COVID: A Chronicle of a Pandemic, Intima, Mayhem, Flash Frontier, Poetry New Zealand 2021 and Best Microfiction 2021. She was runner-up in the 2020 Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems and her poem ‘The Captive’s Song’ won the 2020 Robert Burns Poetry Competition.
Michael Giacon is an Auckland-based poet. He was the NZ Poetry Society’s featured summer poet in 2021, and his work has appeared in recent editions of Landfall and the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook. He is a member of the Isthmus Poets group comprising AUT Master of Creative Writing graduates.
Dougal Rillstone was born near the Mataura River, Gore in 1949. After five years working in Auckland and London, Dougal returned to the south in 1976, drawn back to be near family and the rivers and landscape of his happiness. His work has been published in Gray’s Sporting Journal and MidCurrent (USA), FlyLife Magazine (Australia) and Wilderness Magazine (NZ).
Trevor Hayes lives in Punakaiki with his partner and three-year-old daughter. He has been published widely in Aotearoa and had a small book, Two Lagoons, published by Seraph Press in 2017. He has a degree in English Literature and Spanish language, as well as a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University, Wellington.
Helen McNeil worked for 25 years as a psychologist and writes about ordinary people dealing with deep questions such as ‘Who am I?’ She has had a number of short stories published in New Zealand. Cloud Ink Press has published two of her novels: A Place to Stand (2013) and A Striking Truth (2016). A Striking Truth won the Bert Roth Labour History Award in 2018. She is currently working on a trilogy that explores what family means in an age of surrogacy and egg and sperm donation.
Khadro Mohamed is a 23-year-old writer and poet residing in Poneke, Wellington. She recently graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a degree in Biomedical Science. Her writing has appeared in Milly Magazine, Salient, Cloud Ink and Pantograph Punch. She also has a range of poetry and photography zines that are currently being sold at Food Court Books in Newtown, Wellington.
Michelle Elvy is a writer and editor who grew up in the Chesapeake Bay area of the US and now lives in Ōtepoti/Dunedin. She is founder of National Flash Fiction Day NZ and Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, and is Reviews Editor of Landfall. Her editorial work includes the anthologies Ko Aotearoa Tātou / We are New Zealand (2020), Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa/New Zealand (2018) and the international Best Short Fictions series (since 2015).
Comfrey Sanders is an Auckland-based actor, writer, theatre and filmmaker. In 2014 she graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School with a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting). Since graduating she has collaborated with Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School, Heather Timms and Ana Scotney to co–write/co-direct The Antigone Sound (2017), an adaptation of Sophocles’ Antigone. Her epic poem ‘Seven Gates’ (2018) was published in the literary medical journal Atlas.
Zoë Meager is from Ōtautahi and holds a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. Her short stories and prose poems have been published and anthologised at home and abroad, including in Granta, Landfall and Overland. She is Fiction Editor for takahē magazine and Director of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. www.zoemeager.com/
JCL Purchase lives at Whangārei Harbour with her favourite companions: an iron worker/musician, two cats and a dog who is more human than most. Since gaining a Master of Creative Writing at AUT (Honours), Jenny has published a number of short stories and is currently working on a novel and a memoir. She is also working as selector and editor, together with Paddy Richardson, on an anthology about solo parenthood.
Sarah Scott was the winner of the 2018 NEW VOICES: Emerging Poets competition. Her poems have appeared in Landfall, Turbine|Kapohau and Up Country and have been shortlisted for the Caselberg International Poetry Prize. She has won the NFFD Micro Madness competition. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters and lives in Wellington.
Keith Nunes is from Hawke’s Bay, Aotearoa. He’s been nominated for Best Small Fictions and the Pushcart Prize, and won the Flash Frontier Short Fiction Award. He’s had poetry, fiction, haiku and visuals published around the globe.
Stacey Kokaua (Ngāti Arerā ō Rarotonga, Pāmati and Pākehā) is a writer who lives in Parihaumia in Ōtepoti. Her work explores the varied experiences of Cook Islands women in Aotearoa and has been published in Landfall, Turbine and Pantograph Punch.
Pamela Gordon is now ‘retired’ on an organic farm in the Puhoi Hills after a career teaching at Orewa College and Massey University. Poetry is her means of processing and expressing the essence of life’s extreme highs and lows. She enjoys the freedom from conventional grammar rules which poetry can bring, but also likes the challenges of writing in a particular form.
Ila Selwyn has a MCW in a multi-media project from Auckland University. She has published two poetry collections, several chapbooks, is in two writing groups, an art class, a walking group and in her spare time goes dancing.
Gerard O’Brien is a Wellington-based author who has worked as a professional DJ, IT consultant, photography assistant, business owner and personal trainer. He has now turned his enthusiasm to writing and brings his sense of humour and varied life experiences to his work. During 2021 he is studying towards a Masters in Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters.
Pepper Raccoon is a digital and ink illustrator based in Wellington, New Zealand. She grew up in the United States and completed her BFA at the California Institute of the Arts. Pepper has been an active part of New Zealand’s independent artist communities including Zinefests, Chromacon and Sunday Night Club. She was a finalist in 2020 for a Sir Julius Vogel Award for cover artwork for The Dawnhounds by Sascha Stronach.
Taarn Scott graduated from Elam with a BFA (Hons) in 2019, and has been focusing on her art practice since then, working over different disciplines: illustrating, sculpting, painting and printing ‘drawings’ through alternative mediums. Her work explores the figure as caricatures and abstracted creations, utilising the freedom of drawing to morph the body. She is currently exploring ceramics and woodcarving. Her work has been shown at local spaces in Ōtepoti and will show internationally.
Alastair Clarke is a New Zealand writer, recently returned after living for some years in Great Britain and in Australia. Most recently he has had work published in Antipodes magazine and in New Zealand Poetry Yearbook.
Nick Fairclough lives in Richmond, Tasman District with his wife and two boys. He has self-published a collection of his short works The Tidal Island and Other Stories. His stories have been included in publications such as Takahē, Flash Frontier, The Rangitawa Collection, Blue Fifth Review, The Cabinet of Heed and Idler.
Jenni Mandeno is a classically-trained musician and music teacher who lives in Auckland with her husband and four children. She is rekindling a lifelong love of writing, exploring themes of memory and forgetting through both fiction and poetry.
Siobhan Harvey is the author of eight books, including Ghosts (OUP, 2021) and Cloudboy (OUP, 2014). She received the 2020 NZSA Peter & Dianne Beatson Fellowship, and won the 2020 Robert Burns Poetry Award and the 2019 Kathleen Grattan Award for a Sequence of Poems. Her work appears in recent anthologies: Arcadian Rustbelt: Poets Emerging 1980-1995, Feminist Divine: Voices of Power and Invisibility and, translated into Italian, in HerKind: Anthology of Contemporary New Zealand Poets.
Crispin Anderlini is a Wellington-based short story writer by night, and a storyteller by day for Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington. He has had previous work published in fresh ink 2019, at East of the Web, Literally Stories and Between These Shores Literary & Arts Annual as the featured emerging writer.
Brent Cantwell is a New Zealand writer from Timaru, South Canterbury, who lives with his family in the hinterland of Queensland, Australia. He teaches high school English and has been writing for pleasure for 24 years. He has recently been published in Sweet Mammalian, Milly Magazine, Poetry NZ, Landfall, Foam: e and Takahe.
Kim Fulton is a poet and fiction writer from Auckland, New Zealand. Her writing has appeared in literary journals in New Zealand and overseas including Landfall, Mimicry, Poetry New Zealand, Hue and Cry, JAAM, takahē and The Pangolin Review. Kim has a Master of Creative Writing from Massey University.She recently published her first book of poems, I kind of thought the alpacas were a metaphor until we got there.
Wes Lee lives in Paekakariki. Her latest poetry collection, By the Lapels, was launched in Wellington (Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2019). Her work has appeared in Best New Zealand Poems, Poetry London, Turbine, Poetry New Zealand, Westerly, The Stinging Fly, Landfall, The New Zealand Listener, Australian Poetry Journal, among others. She has won a number of awards for her writing, including the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Literary Award, and the Bronwyn Tate Memorial Award.
Kirsteen Ure has had work published in Headland, Landfall, Ko Aotearoa Tatou and Strong Words: The best of the Landfall Essay competition 2018. Her poem ‘High Street’, written for Heart of the City’s ‘In Your Words’ project, is currently displayed in an installation at 5 High Street, Auckland.
Adrienne Jansen writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry. At present she’s leading the team at Landing Press, which in 2020 published poems by cleaners, and in 2021 will publish poems about housing. She lives in Porirua.
Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ātiawa) commutes between homes in Hong Kong, Philippines and Aotearoa New Zealand. He is widely published across several genres in both his main languages, te reo Māori and English, and his work has been translated into Bahasa Malaysia, Italian, French, Mandarin, Romanian and Spanish. Additionally, he has lived and worked for several years in the Republic of Nauru, PR China, Brunei Darussalam and the Middle East.
Tom Baragwanath is a writer originally from New Zealand, currently living in Paris. His short fiction has been published in Amarillo Bay, Headland, Takahē, Across the Margin, Furtive Dalliance and elsewhere.
Jess Richards is the author of three literary fiction novels: Snake Ropes, Cooking with Bones and City of Circles, all published by Sceptre in the UK. Jess lives in Wellington, New Zealand and also writes short fiction, personal essays and poetry. Her work often blends art and creative writing as unique hybrid objects or images.
Michael Gould is a Canadian New Zealander whose poetry has appeared in publications, both academic and popular, in New Zealand, Australia and the U.K., including The Friday Poem (The Spinoff) and Landfall. He is also the author of Surrealism and the Cinema: Open-Eyed Screening (1976). He lives in Wellington.
Janet Charman won the 2008 Montana Book Award for Poetry for her sixth collection Cold Snack (AUP). Her eighth and most recent collection, Surrender (2017, OUP), chronicles her writing residencies in Hong Kong and Taiwan.