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Denys Trussel

Denys Trussell is a poet, biographer, musician and ecologist. His poetry, essays and criticism have since been published in New Zealand, Australia, Britain, France, and the US. He won the 1985 PEN Best First Book Award for non-fiction with Fairburn (1984), about the life of poet A.R.D. Fairburn. His poetry collection, Walking into the Millennium (1998) was shortlisted in the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Two of his long poems have been choreographed and set to music.

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Dennis Haskell

Dennis Haskell is a poet, editor, critic and academic. He has been an editor of the literary magazine Westerly since 1985, was for three years the poetry critic for the ABC'sBooks and Writing programme, and has published numerous collections of poetry. Haskell has been Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia. He was chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board from 2009 to 2011.

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Graeme Miles

Graeme Miles has published two collections of poems: Recurrence (John Leonard Press, 2012) and Phosphorescence (Fremantle Press, 2006). After completing a PhD in classics at the University of Western Australia, he spent six months as an Asialink writer in residence at the University of Madras, then a year in Belgium as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ghent. He has lived in Hobart since 2008 and teaches ancient Greek language and literature at the University of Tasmania.

Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, the poetry books Repulsion Thrust and Quark Soup, a nonfiction book The Art of Assessment, and, in collaboration with Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Sublime Planet, Deeper Into the Pond, Blooming Red, Cherished Pulse, She Wore Emerald Then, and Imagining the Future. She also runs a radio show, The Compulsive Reader Talks.

website: http://magdalenaball.com/

Alison Croggon

Born in the Transvaal, South Africa, Alison Croggon's family moved to England before settling in Australia, first in Ballarat then Melbourne. She has worked as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Her first volume of poetry, This is the Stone, won the Anne Elder Award and the Mary Gilmore Prize. Her novella Navigatio was recommended in the 1995 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award and all four novels of the fantasy genre series Pellinor have been published. She also edits the online writing magazine Masthead and writes theatre criticism.

Croggon has also written libretti for Michael Smetanin's operas Gauguin: A Synthetic Life and The Burrow, which premiered respectively at the 2000 Melbourne Festival and Perth Festival, produced by ChamberMade. In 2014, Iain Grandage's opera The Riders, to Croggon's libretto based on Tim Winton's novel The Riders, had its world premiere in Melbourne.

Other poems by her have been set to music by Smetanin, Christine McCombe, Margaret Legge-Wilkinson and Andrée Greenwell. Her plays have been produced by the Melbourne Festival, The Red Shed Company (Adelaide) and ABC Radio.

She currently lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.

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Lu Ye

Born in December, 1969, Lu Ye is a Chinese poet. She did her B.A. and M.A. at Shandong University and is now teaching at the University of Jinan, China. She has won a number of poetry awards, including the Chinese National Award for the Young Poets by Poetry Monthly (2005), the People’s Literature Award (2011) and the Distinguished Achievement Award by Poetry Exploration (2016). She has also been elected one of “the Top 10 Best Young Women Poets of the New Century”, awarded by Poetry Monthly, the Chinese Writers Associ-ation (2006). She was the poet-in-residence in Capital Normal University, Beijing, China (2005), the poet-in-residence of the KHN Center for the Arts in NE, USA (2008), and a visiting poet and scholar in Creighton University, Omaha, NE, USA (2006 and 2016, respectively).

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