K.O. Arvidson teaches English at Waikato University.
Nick Ascroft is an almost blond blue-eyed child-poet standing somewhere amidst the torrents of Dunedin, teeth gritted, upper lip stiff, attempting the pose of a weather-beaten pioneer.
Miro Bilbrough currently writes for the film industry in Sydney. Her poems and stories have appeared in Sport, Landfall and elsewhere.
Lucinda Birch lives in the Wairarapa where she works as a photographer, illustrator and writer.
James Brown's first collection of poems, Go Round Power Please, won the 1996 Montana NZ Book Award for Best First Book of Poetry. He also edited Sport 13, 14 and 16. He lives in Wellington, and is spending 1996 in Montreal and Dijon.
Kate Camp is studying English literature at Victoria University. Some poems appeared in Sport 16.
Janet Charman lives and works in Auckland.
Lynn Davidson lives in Pukerua Bay. Her work has appeared in Sport, Landfall and elsewhere.
John Dickson is a Dunedin writer.
Sarah Dreyer is an army brat and 1996 graduate of Bill Manhire's creative writing course.
Virginia Fenton is 22, from Northland but lately of Wellington, and is currently studying English Literature at Victoria.
Michaelanne Forster was born in America and has lived in New Zealand since 1973. Her work includes the plays Daughters of Heaven and This Other Eden, and a story published in Sport 16.
Annora Gollop is an Aucklander who studied English at Canterbury and moved to Wellington this year to do Bill Manhire's writing course. She has been working on writing for 15 years since crucial decision at age nine. This is the first work ready for publication.
Jane Gardner is a Wellington poet. Two poems appeared in Sport 16.
Bernadette Hall's third collection of poems, The Persistent Levitator, was short-listed for the 1995 NZ Book Awards. She is the 1996 Burns Fellow at the University of Otago.
Peter Hall-Jones has worked for a variety of community organisations and is currently manager of the PlaNet (NZ) internet network. A story appeared in Sport 16.
Huberta Hellendoorn was born in The Netherlands and has lived in Dunedin since 1960. She joined the staff of the University of Otago in 1971 and has been a secretary with the Department of Surveying since 1975. She completed her BA in Classical Studies in 1994 and now juggles her time between writing and family, work, reading and gardening.
Ingrid Horrocks was born in 1975 and studies English at Victoria University, where she completed Bill Manhire's creative writing course in 1996. She spent some time in Japan as an exchange student and later as a tutor at a high school.
Helen Jacobs lives in Christchurch.
Lloyd Jones is a Wellington writer. His new novel, This House Has Three Walls, will be published in 1997.
Elizabeth Knox's fifth novel is Glamour and the Sea (1996).
Sara Knox was born in Wellington and currently lives in Sydney, where she teaches Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of West Sydney. Her doctorial thesis, Doing Violence: The Tale of Murder in Modern American Culture, is to be published by Duke University Press. She has also published poetry and short fiction.
Graham Lindsay lives in Christchurch where he is looking after his new young son and writing some long fiction.
Dennis McEldowney is the author of a number of books drawn from his extensive diaries, including Full of the Warm South (1983), Shaking the Bee Tree (1992) and Then and There: A 1970s Diary (1995). He recently edited An Absurd Ambition (AUP, 1996), a collection of Eric McCormick's autobiographical writings.
Toni McCallum is a writer and editor, and lectures part-time at Manawatu Polytech in media studies and computing. She did Bill Manhire's writing course in 1994.
Emma Neale is currently studying in London. Her work has been published in Sport and other magazines.
Emily Perkins's first collection of short stories, Not Her Real Name won the 1996 Montana NZ Book Award for Best First Book of Fiction, and has also been published by Picador in the UK. She has just been awarded the 1996 Todd New Writer's Bursary.
Ian Pople's first collection, The Glass Enclosure (Arc, UK), was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation and shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, 1996. He teaches English in Saudi Arabia.
Chris Price is editor of Landfall and Writers and Readers Coordinator for the NZ International Festival of the Arts.
Jo Randerson is is 23 years old and lives in Island Bay. She works in theatre and has just finished Bill Manhire's creative writing course.
Richard Reeve studies English and French at the University of Otago, and has been writing poetry for four years.
Harry Ricketts teaches English at Victoria University. His latest publication is the sonnet sequence, A Short History of New Zealand Literature.
Adam Shelton is a Wellington writer who has just been awarded the 1996 Louis Johnson New Writer's Bursary.
Elizabeth Smither has published numerous books of poems, including a selected, The Tudor Style (1993), and novels, short fiction and essays. The Journal Box was published in 1996. A poem entitled ‘The Lark Quartet’ appeared in Sport 16.
C.K. Stead has two books appearing in 1997: a new and selected poems (AUP in NZ, Arc in the UK), and a novel (Penguin).
Rosalind Tunnicliffe is an Auckland poet.
Virginia Were lives in Auckland. She won the 1990 PEN Best First Book of Poetry Award for Juliet Bravo Juliet, and has just received a Creative NZ grant to complete a second.
Damien Wilkins's first novel, The Miserables, won the 1994 NZ Book Award for fiction. His second, Little Masters, was published in NZ in March and will shortly be published in the UK by Faber and the US by Henry Holt. His poetry appears in The Idles (VUP, 1993).
Louise Wrightson is a bookseller. She is a mother of two and stepmother of three children, all of whom have left home. She often thinks about buying a dog.
Maria Zajkowski was a student in the Whitireia Polytechnic writing course in 1994.