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A. E. Rothman


A. E. Rothman is a recent graduate of Victoria University. She attended the Poetry Workshop at the IIML in 2002, and has professional aspirations in both art and literature.

Andrew Johnston

   Great Aunt

Andrew Johnston's latest book of poems is Birds of Europe (Victoria University Press, 2000). He lives in Paris, where he works for the International Herald Tribune.

Anna Livesey

   The Virtual Heart
   Interview with Chris Orsman

Anna Livesey is a Wellington writer.

Bridget Musters

   Another Reason Why I'm Not On A Garden Trail

Bridget Musters lives in rural Nelson where she writes and breaks her fingernails on ten unruly acres. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in various anthologies in NZ and overseas. She is currently a student on the advanced writing programme at Whitireia and is working on a novel.

Campbell Taylor

   The Man

Campbell Taylor started writing last year on Owen Marshall's fiction course at Aoraki Polytech. Born in the Summer of Love, he's played in bands, worked in theatre and television, and, of course, loves Gogol.

Catherine Vidler-Smith

   love poem
   zones brightening

Catherine Vidler-Smith is a legal researcher at Victoria University. She is currently working on a time-travel novel for young adults.

Chang Shih Yen

   Remembering Grandmother

Chang Shih Yen hails from Malaysia. She graduated in English and Linguistics from the University of Otago in 2001. She is currently doing her MA in Linguistics at Otago, with a research area in Chinese dialects.

Chloe Gordon

   The Last
   Friend Whose Parents Were Hippies

Chloe Gordon grew up in Auckland and moved to Wellington early this year. She took the short fiction course taught by Damien Wilkins at Victoria University. She has also had a poem published on Trout online, which was subsequently published in the online Best New Zealand Poems 2001. Aside from the short fiction course, she has not been studying at university this year; instead she's taken a year off to write and work as an actor on the TV show Mercy Peak. Chloe has enjoyed it, but if she doesn't start her degree next year, her brain will melt.

Chris House

   Picnic At Orakau Memorial

Chris House shares his Dunedin home with three flatmates, a gardener, 50,000 tourists, a 1929 green fiat and a softly spoken ceramic bear from Bern. He is an English student at Otago University, currently co-editing an anthology drawn from John Dolan's Poetry Writing Workshops. John now resides in Moscow, surviving on vodka and black market sausage.

Cliff Fell

   Shakespeare's Horse
   The Adulterer Becomes a Roadie for the Clash and Thinks About Sleeping with their Girlfriends
   His Knowing

Cliff Fell lives in Nelson, where he earns his living as a farmer, and a part-time tutor in The School of Arts and Languages at NMIT. During 2002 he's been travelling to Wellington to complete an MA in the Creative Writing programme at Victoria University, and is currently working on a folio of poems titled The Adulterer's Bible.

Elisabeth Isichei


In 2002, Elizabeth Isichei has published poetry in Sport, The Listener, Poetry NZ, Takahe, WinterSpin and two anthologies; she has poetry forthcoming in Glottis and two anthologies.

Emily Dobson

   five fingers
   conversations, held, without touching

Emily Dobson grew up in a family of beekeepers and bus drivers. She is currently English Literature and Te Reo Maori at Victoria University of Wellington. She has been published in JAAM, Takahe, Salient and The Listener.

Erin Adina Opalek


Adina Opalek lives in the United States. She wrote Bedding as part of her folio for Harry Rickett's Creative Non-fiction course while on exchange at Victoria University, 2002.

Frances Samuel

   Bagel Nights
   The Shopgirl

Frances Samuel lives in Wellington. She works part-time in a bookshop and also writes web content for the New Zealand Book Council. She is anti the proposed Te Aro bypass, which will destroy an arts community and one of the most historic parts of Wellington.

Gregory Dally

   Lotus Flute

Gregory Dally has been published in JAAM, Meanjin, Sport, Takahe and other journals.

Hinemoana Baker

   Why Won't You Hongi Me?

Hinemoana Baker is a singer and writer living on the Kapiti Coast. She is completing a collection of poetry — Hongi — for the IIML's Masters course 2002. She performs her music regularly in Wellington and tours nationally.

James Gardner

   Adam and Eve's alleles

James Gardner is a composer who was born in Liverpool, England. His early experiences were in rock, and he co-founded the group Apollo 440. Since then, writing dots-on-paper music has been his main activity. He moved to New Zealand in 1994, and directs the contemporary music ensemble 175 East. Gardner's compositions have been played worldwide, and he has recently written and presented programmes on the music of Zappa, Cage, Nancarrow and Xenakis for Concert FM.

Janis Freegard

   The Continuing Adventures Of Alice Spider: A Selection

Janis Freegard won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield short story competition in 2001. Her work has been published in a number of magazines and anthologies, including The Listener, 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories 4, Poetry NZ, JAAM and Takahe, and has been read on National Radio. Janis lives in Wellington and completed Greg O'Brien's summer poetry workshop at VUW in 2001

Jessica Le Bas

   After Lunch, Friday AKA — The Face Of Education Grimaces

Jessica Le Bas lives in Moutere near Nelson. In 1997 she completed Owen Marshall's Fiction Writing Course at Aoraki, and has had work published in the Listener, JAAM, Poetry NZ, Takahe and has work forthcoming in Sport 29, North & South and NZ Books.

Julie Leibrich

   The Safety of Maps
   The Genealogist

Julie Leibrich has published poetry, children's stories, and books on mental health and criminology. Born in England, she has lived in New Zealand since 1974. Her first collection, The Paper Road, was published in 1998 to excellent reviews and reprinted in 2001. Her work is in numerous magazines, including Poetry NZ, Landfall, Sport, The North, Envoi, Kalimat, and The Dalhousie Review, and in over twenty anthologies. She has received awards both in New Zealand and Britain and two major grants from Creative New Zealand.

Katherine Morice


Katherine Morice lives in Wellington and is currently a student at Victoria University.

Louise Wrightson

   Room 612

Louise is a writer and bookseller living in Wellington. Her company, New Zealand Books Abroad, promotes and sells New Zealand publications overseas.

Margaret Vos

   Before and After
   Electric Silk

Matt Vickers

   Review: 'Within the Kiss' by Charlotte Randall

Matt Vickers currently lives and writes in Wellington.

Michael Hoseason


Michael Hoseason lives and writes from a small valley midway between Whangamata and Waihi. As a dairy farmer, solo father and poet, Michael also manages to find the time to study the fields of Creative Writing and Life Writing at Massey University.

Naomi O'Connor

   falling from grace
   watching for ice forming

Naomi O'Connor is a writer and editor living in Wellington. She has completed the poetry and landscape writing workshops at Victoria University. She spends a lot of time constructing a return to the South Island, and has also written non-fiction titles.

Nic Newman

   Long Weekend

Nic Newman lives in Wellington, where she is a teacher and also writes resource material for schools. She loves to indulge in writing poetry and various half finished novels.

Paula Harris

   a life with a view

Paula Harris attended Victoria University's Poetry Workshop in 1998, and has had work published in Takahe, JAAM, Poetry NZ and The Listener. She lives in Palmerston North with her dwarf rabbit Gellar.

Paul Hewlitt

   Underwater World

Paul is a creative writer and public relations consultant based in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. His novella Dark Dawn, a satirical thriller about the Y2K bug, was serialised by the New Zealand Herald. His short stories have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand and appeared in the New Zealand Herald and the feminist 'zine Caress. Paul is a graduate of Owen Marshall's Aoraki Polytechnic fiction writing programme. He is currently completing his first novel Moonzoo, to be published in 2003.

Ragini Gautam

   Walled In

Ragini Gautam began her writing career having graduated at New Delhi with a BA in history and a postgraduate diploma in Media and Communication. She immediately started work as a feature columnist for the Times of India, before immigrating to New Zealand with her husband and two children, in 1996. She is currently working on a series of short stories, which draws upon her experience as a support worker for the Refugee and Migrant Services, in Auckland. She has also contributed to FUTURES, a magazine in USA, and recently submitted a story to the Richmond Review, in the UK.

Rebecca Lovell-Smith

   The Man Who Sold Everything

Rebecca Lovell-Smith ran away from her shop in Christchurch (where she attempted to be The Woman Who Sold Everything) to Wellington (where she is attempting to be The Woman Who Writes About Anything). She is currently completing a folio of short fiction for the MA in Creative Writing at Victoria.

Richard Smith


Richard Smith teaches in Brooklyn, Wellington. He participated in the VU poetry workshop of '97.

Robert McGonigal

   This New Place

Robert McGonigal lives in Napier where he is training as a Massage Therapist. He has previously had poetry published in Jaam and Takahe.

Robin Naylor

   Scribble Sky

Robin Naylor has a musical association with Victoria University and enjoys the lyrical lines of language. She attended Fiona Kidman's Creative Writing Course in 1998. Her writing is often inspired by Wellington, its harbour and environs, observed situations and unintentional humour. Such poems include Somes/Matiu, which was an award-winner in the Whitireia Poetry Competition in 1999 and was later published in Island of Secrets by David McGill, and The Other Side of Candlelight in Arrow's Voices of the Silver Fern.

Tania Brady

   Asylum Seekers

Tania Brady lives in a weatherboard cottage in Auckland with her electrician husband and two delightful daughters. She has recently allowed herself to embark on a childhood fantasy of pursuing a writing career, which has so far resulted in a couple of published short stories and a small piece in an anthology of true stories about clever animals.

Tim Jones

   Books In The Trees

Tim Jones' short fiction and poetry has appeared in magazines and anthologies in New Zealand, the UK, the USA, Australia, and Canada. HeadworX Publishers published his first collection of fiction, Extreme Weather Events, in 2001, and he has recently followed this up with his first collection of poetry, Boat People, also from HeadworX. To complete the set, he's working on a novel.

Tracy Farr

   Purple Suit, Junkie Lover

Tracy Farr was born in Melbourne, grew up in Perth, matured in Vancouver and settled in Wellington. Her short stories have been published in Sport, broadcast on National Radio, and earned her the Runner Up Guernsey in the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award in 2001. She completed the Short Fiction Workshop at Victoria University of Wellington in 1998. She researches the secret life of seaweed when she's not writing fiction. Her almost-complete collection of short fiction is tentatively titled Viva Baby, Viva!

Zoë Prebble

   Review: 'Within the Kiss' by Charlotte Randall

Zoë Prebble is a student at Victoria University of Wellington.

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