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Imagination Unbound: Five Women on the Poetic Narrative Form

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Diane Brown, Every Now and then I Have Another Child (Otago University Press, 2020). Diane Brown is a novelist, memoirist, and poet who runs her own creative writing school, Creative Writing Dunedin. Her publications include two collections of poetry – Before The Divorce We Go To Disneyland, winner of the NZSA Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book Awards 1997, and Learning to Lie Together (2004); two novels, If The Tongue Fits (1999) and Eight Stages of Grace (a verse novel, a finalist in the Montana Book Awards 2003); a travel memoir, Liars and Lovers (2004) and a prose/poetic work, Here Comes Another Vital Moment (2006) and an extended poetic memoir, Taking My Mother To The Opera, Otago University Press (2015). She has held the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship and was an inaugural fellow at the Michael King Writer’s Studio. She won the Janet Frame Memorial Award in 2012 and the Beatson Fellowship in 2013. In 2013 she was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to writing and education. She lives in Dunedin with her husband, author Philip Temple.
Nod Ghosh, Filthy Sucre (three novellas, Truth Serum Press, 2020). Nod Ghosh is a graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch. Nod’s flash fiction, poems and short stories have been published in numerous international and New Zealand journals, including Landfall, JAAM and takahē. Her first book was The Crazed Wind (a novella in flash, Truth Serum Press, 2018). Nod has judged short story and poetry competitions and regularly offers critique in a range of genres including flash fiction and novels. Nod was associate editor for Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction (2016), and is a relief teacher at Write On − The School for Young Writers in Christchurch. http://www.nodghosh.com/about
Gail Ingram, Contents Under Pressure (Pukeko Publishing 2019). Gail Ingram writes and lives on the Port Hills of Christchurch. She is the editor of two anthologies, The Unnecessary Invention of Punctuation (NZPS 2018) and after the cyclone (NZPS 2017). Her work has been widely published and anthologised in journals such as Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Atlanta Review, Blue Five Notebook, Cordite Poetry Review, Fib Review and Bonsai. Her awards include winning both the Caselberg (2019) and New Zealand Poetry Society (2016) international poetry competitions, and placing third in Poets Meet Politics (UK) 2018 international poetry competition. In fiction, awards include runner up Flash Fiction Day NZ Micro Madness, shortlist for Fish Short Prize, and nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She edits at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction, and is also joint poetry editor for takahē magazine. She teaches at Write On: School for Young Writers and holds a Master of Creative Writing (Distinction). You can find her at https://www.theseventhletter.nz/
Anne Kennedy, Moth Hour (Victoria University Press, 2019), short-listed in the poetry category in the 2020 Ockham Book Awards. Anne Kennedy is a poet, fiction writer and screenplay editor. Her latest book, Moth Hour (AUP), was short-listed in the 2020 Ockham Book Awards. A novel, The Ice Shelf (VUP), appeared in 2018. Awards and residencies include the NZ Post Book Award for Poetry, the Montana Book Award for Poetry, the University of Iowa International Writers’ Program, and the IIML Writers’ Residency. Anne has taught creative writing at the University of Hawai`i and at Manukau Institute of Technology.
Helen Rickerby, How to Live (Auckland University Press, 2019), winner of the poetry category in the 2020 Ockham Book Awards. Helen Rickerby is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently How to Live. Since 2004 she has single-handedly run boutique publishing company Seraph Press, an increasingly important publisher, mainly of New Zealand poetry. Helen lives in a cliff-top tower in Aro Valley, Wellington, and works as an editor.


Michelle Elvy edits at Flash Frontier: An Adventure in Short Fiction and Best Small Fictions, and chairs National Flash Fiction Day NZ. She has co-edited the anthologies Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa New Zealand (Canterbury University Press 2018) and Ko Aotearoa Tātou | We Are New Zealand (Otago University Press 2020). She has guest edited and judged competitions for SmokeLong Quarterly, Flash 500, Reflex Fiction, Bath Flash Fiction Award and the Whangarei Poetry Walk, among others. Her book, the everrumble (Ad Hoc Fiction, 2019), launched at the 2019 UK Flash Fiction Festival. Michelle lives in Dunedin, NZ, and teaches online at 52|250 A Year of Writing. michelleelvy.com
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