Sport 16: Autumn 1996
Teresa Arijón is a poet and translator who was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1960.
She is the author of two collections of poetry, La Escrita (1988), which won the Annual
Poetry Prize of the National Foundation for the Arts, and Alibí (1995). She edits, with
Argentinian poet Bárbara Belloc, the monthly journal for women La Rara Argentina. She
recently spent three months at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa,
where she worked on these translations with Andrew Johnston.
Paola Bilbrough is a New Zealand writer whose work has appeared in a number of
magazines and in My Heart Goes Swimming: New Zealand Love Poems. She taught in Japan
for several years and is presently in Sydney.
Ciaran Carson was brought up in the Falls Road area of Belfast, speaking Irish as well as
English, and is now Literature and Traditional Arts Officer for the Arts Council of
Northern Ireland. His most recent collection of poems, First Language, won the T.S. Eliot
Catherine Chidgey is a Wellington writer who will be completing a programme of study
in Berlin this year. She is a graduate of Victoria University’s Original Composition course.
‘An Impression of Flowers’ is an extract from work-in-progress.
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. She was the 1995
Canterbury University Writer in Residence.
David Geary lives in ‘The House of Love’, Kingsland, Auckland, but occasionally lapses
into a casual Sargeson/Frame relationship with Mick Rose in Island Bay, Wellington.
David is a television writer, poet and playwright. His next play, Rose, traces a night in the
life of a flower seller.
Peter Hall-Jones has worked for a variety of community organisations and is currently
manager of the PlaNet (NZ) internet network.
Frankie Harris: I live in an isolated bush area of Golden Bay, north-west of Nelson. My time
is spent painting, tutoring Performance skills and more recently writing. Latest work
includes two stories broadcast on National Radio.
Andrew Johnston’s first book of poems, How to Talk, won the 1994 New Zealand Book
Award and NZSA Best First Book Award. He recently spent three months at the
International Writing Program at the Univerisity of Iowa on a Creative NZ fellowship.
Sara Knox was born in Wellington and currently lives in Melbourne. Her doctoral thesis,
Doing Violence: The Tale of Murder in Modern American Culture, is to be published by Duke
Martha Morseth has had poems published in Landfall, Poetry New Zealand, Takahe and
Printout and won first and second prize in the 1994 Printout postcard Fiction Competition.
Head of English at St Hilda’s Collegiate School, Dunedin, she is also a freelance writer.
Gregory O’Brien was born in Matamata in 1961 and now lives in Wellington. He has
published books of poetry and fiction, and his forthcoming publications include Lands and
Deeds: 18 Contemporary New Zealand Painters, to be published by Godwit, and a new Oxford
Anthology of New Zealand Poetry, jointly edited with Jenny Bornholdt and Mark Williams.
Alan Riach is a Scot who teaches English at Waikato University. He is editing the collected
works of Hugh McDiarmid, and has published a number of books of poems, most recently First and Last Songs (1995).
Dr John Saxby was born in England in 1927. He worked in hospitals in many parts of
Britain and in New Zealand, where he arrived in 1966, as a psychiatrist. At Tokanui
Hospital he established the first ‘open’ therapeutic health community in the country and
became in 1983 the medical superintendent. He began writing poetry as a young man but
published nothing in his lifetime. He died in 1993. This is his first work to appear in print.
Elizabeth Smither has published numerous books of poems, including a selected, The
Tudor Style (1993), and novels, short fiction and essays. Her journals will be published by
Auckland University Press in 1996.
Momoe von Reiche was born and raised in Western Samoa, where she now runs a gallery
specialising in art, dance and drama. Her collected poems, Tai, Heart of a Tree, was
published in 1988, and she is also well-known as an artist.