Title: Sport 27

Publication details: Fergus Barrowman, October 2001

Part of: Sport

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Sport 27: Spring 2001


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Johanna Aitchison is from the Bay of Islands. She is 29 years old and has been writing poetry for five years. She thinks that poetry is a Bad Boyfriend and has tried to leave a number of times. She would like to thank Creative New Zealand for giving her some money to help write this poem.

Donna Tusiata Avia is a compulsive traveller but is staying still long enough to be a student of Whitireia's Writing Programme

Paola Bilbrough has received an Asialink writer's residency, and is working on her first novel at Keio University, Tokyo.

James Brown is the author of two books of poems, Go Round Power Please and Lemon, and is the 2001 Canterbury University Writer-in-Residence.

Owen Bullock is a Cornishman who has lived in New Zealand for 12 years.

Rachel Bush teaches and writes in Nelson. Her first book of poems, The Hungry Woman, was published by Victoria University Press.

Kate Camp's first collection of poems, Unfamiliar Legends of the Stars, won the 1999 Jessie Mackay Award for best first book; her second, Realia, has just been published by VUP.

Geoff Cochrane is a Wellingtonian. His new book of poems is Acetylene (VUP).

Jennifer Compton was born in NZ and now lives on the Southern Highlands of NSW in Australia with her husband and children. Her book of poetry—Blue—was recently published by Indigo Press.

Virginia Fenton was born in Auckland in 1974. Her poetry was first published in Sport 17. She also writes short fiction and plays and was a founding member of the Mr Nude theatre collective. She now lives in Surrey.

Bruce Foster has around 2000 contact sheets in his Wellington home. In November 2001 he will become a grandfather.

Sarah Laing is a 28-year-old Wellington writer and designer, who at this point could be in Spain, Morocco or New York on her big OE.

Sándor Lau is a Chinese-American film student at the University of Auckland. He came to New Zealand in 2000 by grace of a US Fulbright grant, and can make fire by rubbing sticks together.

Emma Lew's first collection of poems, The Wild Reply, was published in Melbourne in 1997; her second will be published in 2002.

James McNaughton's book of prose poems, The Stepmother Tree, is published in October.

Mary Macpherson is a Wellington poet and photographer.

Carl Nixon is a full-time writer of short stories and plays. He has twice won the Sunday Star Times Short Story Contest and was second in the last Katherine Mansfield Memorial Awards.

Julian Novitz was born in 1980. He is a student at Canterbury University.

Bob Orr lives in Auckland where he has spent most of his adult life. After close on a decade of hiatus he is working on a new volume of poems, The Names of Rivers.

Susan Pearce lives and writes in Wellington.

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Vivienne Plumb was the recipient of the 2001 Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship. Last year she completed her MA at Victoria University. She lives in Wellington.

Maggie Rainey-Smith stumbled into Greg O'Brien's Poetry Workshop and then into Harry Ricketts' Short Fiction Course and has caught the bug. Just completed six months at Aoraki doing Owen Marshall's fiction-writing course and this term trying to finish off a BA majoring in NZ Literature.

Ronny Someck was born in Baghdad in 1951 and moved to Israel as a young child. He has published numerous volumes of poetry, as well as several CDs with the jazz musician Elliott Sharp, and has won awards including Israel's Prime Minister's Award.

Nicholas St John lives in Wellington where he works as an actor. He has never worked as a librarian. Though he has many Bettie Page pictures, he is yet to visit America.

Tim Wilson recently sold his video recorder for $75;.

Caren Wilton lives in Lyall Bay, Wellington. Her fiction has previously appeared in Sport and Landfall.

Alison Wong lives with her family in Titahi Bay. She is the 2002 Robert Burns Fellow at Otago University. Extracts of her novel-in-progress were published in Sport 23 and Landfall 200.