Advisory Panel

The Puncher and Wattmann Advisory Panel comprises

Chris Brown is a poet and teacher,  dividing his time between Bega and Newcastle. His poems have appeared in a number of magazines and journals. He edits the poetry chapbook series Slow Loris. In 2019, he was the inaugural winner of the Karen Thrift Poetry Prize. His first full-length book of poetry, Hotel Universo, was published in 2020.

MTC Cronin has published over twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays), the most recent being Who Was by Alex Quel, a collaboration with poet/translator Peter Boyle with whom she has worked on a number of collections.

David Kelly has a Masters and a PhD in Creative Arts. His memoir based novel Fantastic Street was published by Picador and he has had work in Best Australian Stories, The Monthly, and The Lifted Brow. His latest memoir, State of Origin was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2019 and listed by Helen Garner in the SMH/AGE as one of the Books of the Year. He lives in Newcastle with his partner.

Ursula Robinson-Shaw is a writer living in Naarm. Her work has appeared in Overland, Cordite, Sydney Review of Books, Best of Australian Poems, Best New Zealand Poems, and elsewhere. Her chapbook NOONDAY was published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2019 She is co-director of sick leave.

Kerri Shying  is a poet of Chinese and Wiradjuri family who held the NSW Writers’ Centre Emerging Writer Grant in 2017. Kerri’s poems have appeared in Cordite, Snap Journal, Verity La, Ear to Earth, and Women of Words, 2016. Her bilingual Pocketbook of poems sing out when you want me was published in 2018 by Flying Islands/ASM/Cerberus Press. Kerri was shortlisted in the Helen Anne Bell Prize and the Noel Rowe Prize in 2017, and is the holder of the Varuna Dr Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship for 2019 for the manuscript of Know Your Country (Puncher and Wattmann). Her chapbook Elevensies was one of four in the inaugural Slow Loris series.

Tiffany Tsao is a writer and literary translator. She is the author of the novel The Majesties (originally published in Australia as Under Your Wings) and the Oddfits fantasy trilogy (so far, The Oddfits and The More Known World.)  Her translation of Norman Erikson Pasaribu’s Happy Stories, Mostly was the winner of the 2022 Republic of Consciousness Prize and longlisted for the International Booker Prize. Her translation of Pasaribu’s poetry collection Sergius Seeks Bacchus was awarded a PEN Translates grant and shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Translation Prize.