Sport 31: Spring 2003
Jo Aitchison is 31 years old and lives in Hokkaido, Japan, where she tries to teach English to junior high school students.
Tusiata Avia completed an MA in Creative Writing at Victoria in 2002. Wild Dogs Under My Skirt is the title of her first collection of poems, which will be published by VUP in early 2004, and also of her solo stage show.
Hinemoana Baker is a singer/writer living on the Kapiti Coast. She is of Ngati Raukawa, Te Ati Awa, Ngati Toa, Kai Tahu and Pakeha descent. Having had plays, short stories and children's fiction published and produced, she is currently completing a collection of poetry she began during the MA course at the IIML in 2002. She performs her music regularly in Wellington and tours nationally.
Claire Baylis grew up in England, now lives in Wellington with her partner and children, and used to be a law academic. ‘Learning Chess’ is an extract from a novel she is currently completing. A previous short story appeared in Sport 22.
Peter Bland's new collection of poems, Ports of Call, is due out later this year.
Kate Camp is the author of two collections of poems, Unfamilar Legends of the Stars and Realia, and the essay On Kissing. She was Waikato University writer-in-residence in 2002.
Geoff Cochrane's new book of poems, Vanilla Wine, has just appeared.
Nigel Cox is presently Head of Exhibitions & Education at the Jewish Museum Berlin, where the exhibition he curated, ‘Counterpoint—The Architecture of Daniel Libeskind’, has just opened. He will return to New Zealand late 2004. His fourth novel, Tarzan Presley, will be published in 2004. ‘I Give You My Money’ is from a series of what he calls ‘sort-of-autobiographical fictions’.
Kate Duignan is the author of Breakwater (VUP, 2001). She is presently in Edinburgh working on a second novel.
Pansy Duncan has occasionally been introduced as an Arts student at the University of Auckland.
Chloe Gordon is an eighteen-year-old Auckland writer whose work has appeared in the Listener, Takahe and Trout, and the IIML publications Turbine and Best New Zealand Poems.
Josh Greenberg is a Fulbright NZ grantee currently residing in Masterton—though he is originally from Ohio. He is attending the IIML at Victoria University, where he is working on a novel.
Dinah Hawken's most recent book of poetry, Oh There You Are Tui!, was published by VUP in 2001. She convenes a course about writing and landscape at the Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University, and has had the chance to live in Geneva for several months over the last two years.
Tracey Hill is a student at Victoria University of Wellington.
Anna Jackson lives in Wellington and lectures in the English department at Victoria University. ‘The Happiness of Poets’ will appear in Catullus for Children (AUP, November). Anna Jackson explains: ‘These are versions of original poems by the Russian poets referred to in the titles but each poem in the sequence moves further and further away from the original version, incorporating lines, phrases and obsessions from my own poetry, as a sort of appropriation, as if I were writing these Russian poems into my own canon, a bit of a dubious project in a way. The phrase “sto ste sto ste” is just a translation of page 255 Mayakovsky's words for hoofbeats which are usually translated as something like “grib grab grob grub”. I've gone on to use the phrase throughout the sequence, to allow it to accrete meanings and come to mean something like poetry itself—and it will appear in other places as well throughout Catullus for Children.’
Miranda Johnson is now living in Chicago. Her poems have appeared in JAAM, Poetry NZ and Quote Unquote.
David Llewellin studies painting at Hungry Creek near Waiwera. Earlier poems have appeared in Sport 22 and 24.
Rebecca Lovell-Smith lives in Christchurch and is writing a book.
Michael Mintrom previously published poems in Sport 3 and 19 and is now working on a book collection. He is an associate professor of political studies at the University of Auckland.
Chris Price is the author of Husk (Auckland University Press, 2002). She hopes to write a new biographical note in 2004.
Nadine Ribault was born in Paris and lives in northern France. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Un Caillou à la mer (Leméac/Actes Sud, 1999), and a highly regarded first novel, Festina lente (Actes Sud, 2000). She spent five years in Japan in the 1990s, and held the Randell Cottage residency in Wellington for the second half of 2002. A second collection of short stories, Coeur anxieux, including stories taking place in New Zealand, will be published in France in 2004 by Actes Sud. ‘Tears Before Bedtime’ is from Un Caillou à la mer, and is translated by Jean Anderson, senior lecturer in French at Victoria University of Wellington.
R. Carl Shuker is a writer and reviewer living in Wellington. He has published fiction in Sport, Glottis and Creative Juices. He would like to acknowledge Dave ‘Records’ Clarke for much kindness, the free films and the gift of the hair dye. ‘Standin on the corner …’
Anna Smaill is a poet and freelance writer living in Wellington. She is currently completing a new collection of poetry.
Elizabeth Smither's most recent books are the novel The Sea Between Us (Penguin, 2003) and the collection of poems Red Shoes (Godwit, 2003).
Although Rae Varcoe is a female Victoria Creative Writing graduate, she has yet to be described as young and beautiful.
Richard von Sturmer was recently the brief writer-in-residence on Great Barrier Island for six weeks. In August he helped to organize the Poetics of Exile Conference at Auckland University. No longer an exile in the United States, he is now living and writing back in New Zealand.
Ian Wedde is Concept Leader, Humanities at Te Papa. His most recent book is The Commonplace Odes (AUP, 2001).
Damien Wilkins’ most recent novel is Chemistry (VUP/Granta/Allen & Unwin, 2002).
Tim Wilson is a freelance writer currently living in New York.
Louise Wrightson is a Wellington poet and starter. She has a bun-face and a new website: www.nzbooksabroad.com.
Sonja Yelich lives in Auckland. She is one of three poets in the AUP New Poets 2 series.
Ashleigh Young is a student and part-time bookseller living in Wellington.