For features from presses and magazines in Australia.
For more poetry from Australia in Winter 2002
For all poetry in this issue.
Poetry from Australia - Spring 2002
A special feature of poets from Queensland
Selected and with an introduction by Liz Hall-Downs
Melissa Ashley is a poet and fiction writer who lives in Queensland. She recently completed the first draft of a novel, the weird sisters, and is currently working on a poetry manuscript, the way her body means the world for which she received an Arts Queensland Individual Writing Project Grant.In 2002 she is undertaking full time honours studies in literature at the University of Queensland. She has published her work in Australia, UK, USA and New Zealand.
Ross Clark's REMIX: poems ancient & modern was published late last year, bringing much of his work back into print, after his earlier volumes had sold out. Ross currently teaches English curriculum and creative writing at two universities in Brisbane, Australia, and is planning a tour with his poetry performance troupe The Bodgie Bards. He is represented in this issue by a selection of poems and a specially formatted poem.
B.R.Dionysius directed the Subverse: Queensland Poetry Festival from 1997-2001 and is currently the Assistant Editor of the papertiger new world poetry CDROM journal. In 1998 he was awarded the Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry. In 2000, his first collection Fatherlands was published by Five Islands Press in the New Poets Series 7 and he received a grant from the Australia Council to write a discontinuous verse novel – Universal Andalusia. He won the inaugural IP Picks 2002 Awards for his collection Bacchanalia that will be published by Interactive Press in September 2002. He lives in Brisbane, Australia. His work appears online in The Blackfellas, Whitefellas and Wetlands "Brisbane Stories" web site project at brisbane-stories and in The HOW2: Connect web anthology of new Australian male poets at how2connect.
Expatriate American Kim Downs has been living in Australia since 1980. He is a writer, musician, technician, and sculptor. He has published short stories, poems and essays in small press magazines including Australian Short Stories, Imago, Social Alternatives, Woorilla, Small Packages, Micropress, Westerly, and Idiom 23. In 1997, he and collaborator Liz Hall-Downs published the book/audio recording Fit of Passion (see our feature in this issue) and toured this material as a poetry and music show, assisted by a grant from Arts Queensland. Kim's first novel, Jippi (Papyrus Publishing) was launched in October at the 2000 Brisbane Writers' Festival. His next novel, The Brazen Heavens, is currently being marketed. At present Kim is working on a collection of linked short stories, which he describes as 'reworkings of classical myths with an Australian flavour'.
Liz Hall-Downs has been reading and performing poetry in public (see her feature on performance poetry in this issue), and publishing in journals, since 1983. She has been a featured reader at countless venues across Australia, has toured the USA, and has had work published and broadcast on TV and radio in both countries. As well as poetry, Liz writes fiction and essays and has worked as a community artist, writer-in-residence, editor and singer. She has a BA in Professional Writing and Literature, and has recently submitted for an MA (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland. Her most recent collection of poetry, Girl With Green Hair was published by Papyrus Publishing in 2000. Current projects include an 'illness narrative' in poetry, My Arthritic Heart, and a realist novel, The Death of Jimi Hendrix. She lives in paradise in south-east Queensland, with her partner and an assortment of cheeky parrots. Liz's Introduction to the Queensland poetry scene is also in this issue, as is her article and poems on illness, My Arthritic Heart. With this issue, she joins The Drunken Boat as a Contributing Editor.
Jayne Fenton Keane's first book Torn was published in 2000 and her second
book is due to be released in April 2002. JFK writes for many different
media and has been awarded a scholarship to complete a Ph.D. in
three-dimensional poetic structures. JFK has received several arts grants
and Fellowships and is about to launch a new edition of The Stalking Tongue Vol. II: Slamming the Sonnet an online media project at www.poetinresidence.com. She was awarded the 2002 Mayne Multimedia Award for her collection of flash poetry in the first edition of The Stalking Tongue.
Helen Hagemann lives in Perth, Western Australia. Her books include 'The Shadow Goddess and Until the Last Symphony Rises (Indian Ocean Books, 2001). Her work has appeared in the Southern Review, Journal of Australian Studies and Hecate. Her work has been published in the e-zines Recursive Angel, PixelPapers, Snakeskin, OzPoet, WildHoneyPress and Poetry Downunder. Helen's poem Permanent Aberrations was runner-up in a 1998 Perth PEN International Competition, and she is included in 'An Endless Afternoon (Lioness Publications, 2000) – an anthology celebrating birth and mothering by 'Women in Publishing.' Helen is studying towards her MA in Writing at Edith Cowan University and working on a novel. She works as a Coordinator on ECU's Joondalup campus for the Peter Cowan Writers Centre. As a community arts administrator, she coordinated a Fringe Festival in November 2000 as part of the WA State Literature Centre's, 'Word of Mouth,' Writers Festival.
Gig Ryan is the author of six poetry books: The Division of Anger (Transit Press, 1981); Manners of an Astronaut (Hale & Iremonger, 1984), The Last
Interior (Scripsi Publications, 1986); Excavation (PanPicador Australia, 1990), Pure and Applied (Paper Bark Press, 1998);
Heroic Money (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2001). Her new CD with her band, Driving Past, is due out in 2002, and she has also written the songs
Six Goodbyes (with Disband; Big Home Productions, 1988) and
Real Estate (with Driving Past, Chapter Music, 1999.
She is Poetry Editor for The Age in Melbourne, Australia and a freelance reviewer.