Sport 33: Spring 2005
Michele Amas is an actor and director currently completing her MA in creative writing at Victoria.
Jean Anderson is a a literary translator, and Senior Lecturer in French at Victoria University of Wellington.
Angela Andrews has been working on a collection of poems this year for the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria University. She was previously working as a junior doctor.
David Beach was born in 1959 and grew up mainly in Wellington. In 1986 he moved to Sydney, where he worked as a mail sorter for Australia Post. He began writing poems in Australia and these have been published in various newspapers and magazines. In 2002 he returned to Wellington where, for a change, he found work as a mail sorter for New Zealand Post. His first collection, Abandoned Novel, will be published by VUP in 2006.
Harvey Benge has been working full-time as a camera artist since 1992. He is interested in the international urban social landscape and the notion of parallel lives. The main thrust of his work has been through published work, with nine books and editions published to date, including: 2000, Aide-Memoire, Onestar Press, Paris; 2001, Lucky Box, A Guide to Modern Living, Dewi Lewis, UK; 2003, First Ever Pictures of God, galerie Florence Loewy, Paris; 2005, Killing Time in Paradise, Scaden.com, Cologne. Killing Time was short-listed for the Prix du Livre at the 2005 Arles Festival. Harvey also exhibits regularly in Paris and has shown in London, Cologne, Dusseldorf and New York. In Auckland he is represented by the Bath Street Gallery. He works from both Auckland and Paris. 'One of the few photographers that today does as much for the poetics as for the philosophy of photography.'—Markus Shaden
Jenny Bornholdt held the Meridian Energy Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship in Menton in 2002, and published her seventh book of poems, Summer, in 2003. She is currently Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate, and with Gregory O'Brien curated the National Library Gallery Exhibition Main Trunk Lines.
Victoria Broome was awarded the Louis Johnson bursary this year from Creative New Zealand and is currently working on completing her first collection of poems.
Geoff Cochrane is a Wellington poet, novelist and short story writer. His latest collection of poems is Hypnic Jerks (VUP, 2005).
Nigel Cox's most recent novels are Tarzan Presley (VUP, 2004), a runner-up in the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, and Responsibility (VUP, 2005). After five years at the Jewish Museum Berlin, he returned to New Zealand in March, and has just been appointed Director Experience at Te Papa.
Stephanie de Montalk 's latest book of poems is Cover Stories (VUP, 2005). She is 2005 VUW Writer in Residence and is completing her novel The Fountain at Bakhchisaray. 'Pain' was commissioned for the Four Winds Press Montana Estates essay series, before sponsorship was withdrawn and the series cancelled.page 183
Emily Dobson 's first book of poems, A Box of Bees, won the 2004 Adam Foundation Prize and was published by VUP in 2005. She is currently studying Creative Writing at Iowa University as Glenn Schaeffer Fellow.
Cliff Fell farms in the Upper Moutere. His first collection of poems, The Adulterer's Bible (VUP, 2003) won the Adam Foundation Prize and the 2004 Jessie Mackay Award for best first book. He is currently at work on his second, Beauty of the Badlands.
Caroline Foote is a writer and editor who lives most of the year in Wellington. Her previous jobs have included cave rafting, serving drinks to Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and diving with computer-generated megasharks for 'Walking with Dinosaurs'.
Bernadette Hall is the author of six collections of poems, including The Merino Princess: Selected Poems (2004). In 2004 she was a joint Antarctica New Zealand Artist to Antarctica, with the artist Kathryn Madill. Bernadette has edited Like Love Poems: Selected Poems, by her friend the writer and artist Joanna Margaret Paul (1945–2003) (VUP, forthcoming 2006), and is completing her own new collection, Ponies.
Peter Hall-Jones was born in Invercargill, spending three days in the 50s before getting caught up in an age of unemployment and cold war. He fell in with a bad crowd who introduced him to prog and punk rock. Caught between a hard place and rock, he has since escaped to France and is currently working for the union movement.
Andrew Johnston lives in Paris. He is completing his fourth collection of poems, and edits page of poetry links http://thepage.name.
Elena Knox 's first collection, Fat Bad Plan, was published in 2002 by Vagabond Press. Her poetry has appeared in Slope: ozerotica, Divan, Linq, Southerly, at the Sydney Opera House and on ABC TV.
Dominique Mainard was born in Paris in 1967, grew up for the most part near Lyon, and lived in the US for five years from the age of 22. Her first volume of short stories, Le second enfant (The Second Child), was published in 1994, the same year as her translation of a selection of short stories by Janet Frame, Poussière et lumière du jour, (Dust and Daylight), both by Joëlle Losfeld. She has published two more volumes of short stories, Le Grenadier, (The Pomegranate Tree, 1997) and La Maison des fatigués (The House of the Weary, 1999); three novels: Le grand fakir (The Great Fakir, 2001), Leur histoire (Their Story, 2002), and Le Ciel des chevaux (Sky Over Horses, 2004); and two long short stories in Les Orangers (The Orange Trees, 2004). She has received a number of awards for her work: the Prix Prométhée (for short stories) in 1994; the Marcel Bledstein-Blanchet prize for Le Grenadier; and the FNAC prize and the Alain-Fournier prize for Leur histoire, which has also been made into a film (directed by Alain Corneau) under the title Les Mots bleus (The Blue Words). She has translated the work of John Cheever, and Janet Frame's You Are Now Entering the Human Heart, The Envoy from Mirror City, Scented Gardens for the Blind and Daughter Buffalo. 'Something Blue' ('Quelque chose de bleu') is translated from La Maison des fatigués, and reproduced with permission. Dominique is the 2005–6 French Writer in Residence at the Randell Cottage in Wellington.
Gabe McDonnell is a Wellington based writer. She is primarily a playwright, and in 2001 gained her MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University's International page 184Institute of Modern Letters. She has had short fiction published in some anthologies, and in Takahe magazine. She has recently returned from some time away, including a great stint in an arts institute in Barcelona. She wishes she had more money to go back and do more, but what can you do.
Charlotte Simmonds was born in 1983. She has studied at both Otago and Victoria Universities but does not yet have anything to show for it. Secretly, she would like to be an actor and write plays, but she is still being turned down for Toi Whakaari. She is currently travelling around Europe and is thrilled to bits to be included in Sport.
Marty Smith is working on a collection of poetry about racehorses, and the strange entanglements of animals who ride on top of each other. As a teacher, she is often startled by the similarities between young humans and young horses.
Elizabeth Smither's latest collection of poems is A Question of Gravity; Selected Poems, chosen by John Kinsella (Arc, 2004). A novel, Different Kinds of Pleasure, will be published by Penguin in 2006.
Chris Tse is a Wellington poet and filmmaker. He is currently completing an MA in Creative writing at Victoria University.
Virginia Were is a poet and the editor of the quarterly magazine Art News New Zealand. She has written two books of poetry and short fiction (Juliet Bravo Juliet and Jump Start), which were published by Victoria University Press and her work appears in many journals and anthologies of New Zealand writing. She lives and rides horses at Muriwai Beach, Auckland.
Tom Weston 's latest collection of poems is Naming the Mind Like Trees (Steele Roberts, 2004).
Damien Wilkins is the editor of Great Sporting Moments: The Best of Sport Magazine 1988–2004 (VUP, 2005). He has published four novels, a book of stories and a volume of poetry. He teaches at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University of Wellington.
Jocelyn 'Tui' Wilson was born in Dunedin in 1901, lived in Europe and North America, and died in London in somewhat mysterious circumstances in 1939. Her poem cycle 'Tranmere Road' was published privately in 1920, and her subsequent notoriety is said to have inspired a character in an E.F. Benson novel. Letters from the Levant appeared in 1928. These two poems are taken from a large body of unpublished material, and suggest her ambivalent relationship both to the country of her birth and to religious belief.
Sonja Yelich 's Clung won the NZSA Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for poetry in the 2005 Montana NZ Book Awards.
Ashleigh Young works and writes in Wellington. She lives on a small hill in a busy street.
Fay Zwicky is a leading Australian poet whose most recent book, The Gatekeeper's Wife (Brandl and Schesinger, 1997), won the 1998 WA Premier's Literary Award for Poetry. Her work appears in Sport 7 and Great Sporting Moments.page break