Amanda Hanan is a writer, actor and comedian. She has written for print and radio, with a preference to blend fact and fiction. Amanda is studying for her BA and has attended the IIML Creative Nonfiction Workshop in 2003.
Anna Jackson lectures in American literature and Post-colonial Literature at Victoria University. Her most recent collection of poetry, Catullus for Children, was published by Auckland University Press in November 2003.
Anna Livesey is the current Schaeffer Fellow at the Iowa Writers Workshop. Her first book of poems, Good Luck, was published earlier this year by Victoria University Press.
Briar Grace-Smith is an award-winning writer of plays and her fiction has been anthologized in various books and journals. Her plays include Nga Pou Wahine and Purapurawhetu. In 2000, Haruru Mai was commissioned by the NZ International Festival of the Arts and she was a recipient of the Arts Foundation Laureate Award. Her latest work for stage, Potikis Memory of Stone, premiered at the Court Theatre before touring to Wellington and the Auckland Arts Festival 03. Her television credits include Fishskin Suit. Briar was the 2003 Victoria University Writer In Residence.
Christopher House is the large, gray building on the left. Christopher House is an anagram of ‘cherish other soup. Christopher House hopes to visit his mother in New York and become tangible enough to talk about himself in the first person.
Dan Pope is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and the current recipient of the Glenn Schaeffer Award from the International Institute of Modern Letters. His first novel, In The Cherry Tree, was published by Picador USA in November 2003. In addition, his short stories have appeared in such publications as McSweeneys, the Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Witness, the Iowa Review, etc. He plans to come to Wellington to teach the Iowa Workshop in fiction at Victoria University in 2004 (finances permitting…).
Esther Quin is writing a PhD thesis about Bertolt Brechts influence
on Bob Dylan. She took part in Greg OBriens Poetry Workshop in
summer 2000 and has been published in JAAM and PN Review.
Born in Belgium but a professional gypsy by trade, Griet has been living in Asia for the past ten years, combining UN aid work with journalism for various media (print and radio). She did Harry Ricketts Short Fiction course in 2001. In 2003, during the MA in Creative Writing for the Page, she started work on her memoir Almost God.
Hinemoana Baker attended Bill Manhires undergraduate Creative Writing class
in 1994, and graduated from the IIMLs MA in Creative Writing in 2002.
She has had fiction and poetry previously published in journals
Turbine, Sport and JAAM, and in Mutes and Earthquakes and Te Ao Mārama. Her plays have been produced by Taki Rua theatre. She performs and tours her original music, and works as a producer for Radio New Zealand.
Ian Finch studied poetry at Victoria University, and he now works at the
Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His work has most
recently appeared in The Adirondack Review, Drunken Boat, and the Hogtown
Ingrid Horrocks published a travel-historical book, Travelling with Augusta, with Victoria University Press earlier this year. She grew up on farms north of Auckland and in the Wairarapa, and is a graduate of Victoria University. She now lives in New Jersey where she is a graduate student at Princeton University.
James Brown lives in Wellington with his partner and two children. His latest book of poetry is Favourite Monsters (Victoria University Press, 2002). He is the 2004 Victoria University Writer in Residence.
Jane England was born in Christchurch in 1960 and is a graduate of both Canterbury University in Christchurch and Victoria University of Wellington, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing in 1997. Jane has been a journalist and foreign correspondent, and is now working on the last draft of a novel derived from a short story published in the anthology Penguin 25 New Fiction (1998). For the last three years she has been living in Samoa where in 2003 she won the Samoa short story (English) competition. She recently returned with her family to Christchurch where she is now based.
Janet Hughes is a Wellington editor, printmaker and university tutor. ‘Three Snapshots of Georgia was completed in the course of Harry Ricketts Creative Nonfiction Workshop at the IIML.
Jo Randerson is the author of The Knot and The Spit Children. She attended Bill Manhires Writing for the Page course at Victoria University in 1996. Jo writes and performs her own theatre and has another collection of fiction coming out early next year entitled The Keys To Hell.
Kate Camp was born in Wellington in 1972. She has published two collections of poetry, Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars (1998), and Realia (2001), with Victoria University Press. Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry at the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She was the University of Waikato Writer In Residence for 2002. Camp has also contributed to the Montana Essay Series in 2002 with an essay entitled ‘On Kissing, and is currently shortlisted for the 2004 Prize in Modern Letters.
Kirsten McDougall attended the Iowa Workshop at the IIML earlier this year and has just completed her degree in History and English Lit at Victoria University. Castlepoint is one of her top five favourite holiday destinations.
Originally from the United States, Laura Kroetsch lives in Wellington. She attended Shannon Welchs Iowa Workshop in Poetry at the IIML earlier this year.
Mary Macpherson is a Wellington poet and photographer. Her publications are Millionaires Shortbread 2003, University of Otago Press (joint collection) and The Inland Eye, Pemmican Press, 1998. A collection of her photographs from ‘17 Days of Shopping appeared in Sport 25. She attended Greg OBriens Poetry Workshop at the IIML in 1999.
Megan Dunn is a writer and artist currently living in London. She graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1998. From 1996-1999 she was one of the co-directors of Fiat Lux, an artist-run space in Auckland. Her first poem was published in Landfall 205 (Screens issue). She has studied creative writing part time at Citylit Institute and Centreprise in London.
Naomi OConnor is a writer and editor living in Wellington, in reasonably happy exile from the South Island. It would be good to go back. Either for ever or once a month. She has been a student at both Canterbury and Victoria Universities, and thinks the blame should always lie with the artist.
Paula Morris (Ngati Wai) is an MFA student at the Iowa Writers Workshop. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria in 2001. Her novel, Queen of Beauty (Penguin, 2002), won the Adam Prize and, more recently, the Hubert Church/NZSA best first book of fiction at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She shares a landlord (and assorted Thanksgiving-related recipes) with Anna Livesey in Iowa City.
Renata Hopkins was a member of this years MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) class. Her folio project was a television drama series.
Rick Moody is the author most recently of a collection of stories, Demonology, and a nonfiction book, The Black Veil. He writes:
‘In May 2003, I travelled to New Zealand for my honeymoon, first to Auckland, and then to Christchurch and environs. The trip was a life changer, for me, not only because of the incredible natural beauty of the islands, but also for the creative tension between European and Polynesian cultures that I found there. The high points of the journey included learning about rugby in general and the All Blacks in particular, seeing the Southern Alps, the coast of the Tasman Sea on the North Island, the countryside (everywhere, all the time), the islands in the harbour near Auckland, the call of the bird named the tui, and the Maori translation of the Lords Prayer (recited by Europeans and Maori alike at an Anglican church service I attended). The text of this prayer serves as the starting point and the chorus for my poem, which is a process-oriented assemblage, with only minor editorial jiggering, of several travel books on New Zealand, a book about Maori language and culture, and a few words of my own.
Rossella Riccobono is a graduate of the University of Padua (Italy) and has a PhD in poetry from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland). She writes both poetry and short stories and is working on the publication of her first poetry volume ‘States of mind. Her poems have recently been published in Real Life Bird Song (Wai-te-ata Press), First Wellington International Poetry Festival Anthology (HeadworX), and The New New Zealanders: an anthology of immigrant experiences in NZ (Inkweed). She is a very proud mother of Gianluca (6) and Hannah Elisa (2).
Susan Pearce has had short fiction published in Sport, Turbine, and Creative Juices (HarperCollins 2002). She wrote a collection of short stories for the MA in Creative Writing 2001. She is currently completing a novel with the help of funding from Creative New Zealand. The novel features named characters in recognisable environments, and storylines with beginnings, middles, and varying levels of resolution.
Tim Jones short fiction was collected in Extreme Weather Events (HeadworX, 2001), and his first poetry collection, Boat People, appeared from HeadworX in 2002. He took the IIML Short Fiction Workshop in 2000, and wrote ‘Landscape with Poets just before taking the 2003 Writing the Landscape Workshop with Dinah Hawken. See http://users.actrix.co.nz/timjones/ for more.
Virginia Were is an award-winning poet, short fiction writer and journalist who lives at Muriwai, Auckland. She has written two books of poems and stories—Juliet Bravo Juliet (1989) and Jump Start (1999)—and her work has appeared in many literary journals and major anthologies of New Zealand writing. She is editor of the quarterly magazine Art News New Zealand.