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Philip Salom (1950 - )

Philip Salom was born in Western Australia. His major collections of poetry have attracted both national and international attention, twice winning the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, awarded in London, the Western Australian Premier's Award for Poetry three times, and several shortlistings for the Victorian Premier's Prize and the National Book Council Poetry Award. In 1996 his poem 'Elegy for My Father' won the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Philip Salom also writes fiction and literary reviews and is developing work for CD ROM and the internet. He has been a guest reader in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, 'Yugoslavia', Italy, Singapore and New Zealand, and lived for short periods in Europe, Asia and New Zealand. He currently lives in Melbourne.
   Photo of Philip Salom courtesy of FACP, 2001.

Philip Salom publications include: Poetry: New and Selected Poems, (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, year unknown), Sky Poems, (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, year unknown), A Creative Life, (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, year unknown).

Andrew Sant (D.O.B. - )

Andrew Sant was born in London and educated there and in Melbourne after his family migrated to Australia. His poems have been widely published in journals and anthologies. He is the author of eight collections of poems, including Brushing the Dark (Heinemann, Australia, 1989) Album of Domestic Exiles (Black Pepper, Australia, 1997) and Russian Ink (Black Pepper, Australia 2001) His book length sequence of poems The Islanders (Shoestring Press, UK), appeared in 2002 and his Selected Poems (Arc, UK) is forthcoming in 2003. He co-founded the literary quarterly, Island, based in Tasmania and served as an editor for ten years. He is a former member of both the Literature Board of the Australia Council and the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board. Parallel occupations have included teaching at secondary and tertiary levels, and copywriting. In 2001 he was writer-in-residence at the University of Peking in Beijing, China. In 2003 he is Writing Fellow at Leicester University, UK. He has been invited to read his work in numerous countries including China, Germany, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom. His poems have been translated into several languages.
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Andrew Sant's publications include: Poetry: Lives, (Angus and Robertson, 1980), The Caught Sky (Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1982), The Flower Industry (Angus and Robertson, Sydney, 1985), Brushing the Dark (William Heinemann, Melbourne, 1989), Album of Domestic Exiles (Black Pepper, Melbourne, 1997), Russian Ink (Black Pepper, Melbourne, 2001), The Islanders (Shoestring Press, Nottingham UK, 2002), Selected Poems (Arc, UK, 2004), Selected Poems (Black Pepper, Melbourne).

Michael Sariban (1939 - )

Michael Sariban was born in Berlin to Russian parents, and lived there until 1949 when the family migrated to Australia. He sees a strong connection between learning the sounds and nuances of English, and his long-standing love affair with poetry in that language. His work has appeared in a wide variety of national and overseas magazines, as well as in most major Australian newspapers. He has read, or had his work performed, on Radio National and community radio. He has been a poetry reviewer and editor, and the recipient of an Arts Queensland writer's grant. He is currently completing two further poetry collections, and is interested in integrating music and text.
   Photo of Michael Sariban by Stephen Booth, 2001.

Michael Sariban's publications include: Poetry: At the Institute for Total Recall, (Queensland Community Press, 1984), A Formula for Glass, (UQP 1987), Facing the Pacific, (Interactive Press 1999), Luxuries, (Ginninderra Press, 2001).

Dipti Saravanamuttu (D.O.B. - )

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Brenda Saunders (D.O.B. - )

Brenda Saunders is an Aboriginal artist, activist and writer. Her family are from the Wiradjuri nation in Central New South Wales, Australia. She has always written poetry and stories, but in the last two years has worked more seriously to find her 'voice' in poetry. Her work is drawn from personal experience and politics as well as her knowledge of Aboriginal history and culture. Brenda is also a visual artist who uses digital imaging technologies to project current issues such as Aboriginal land rights and the social inequalities within the Aboriginal community of Australia. The cloak series Skin deep is now on exhibition at the NSW State Parliament and the Museum of Sydney www.palmasaunders.net Her poetry was published in two anthologies in Sydney in 2002; From the Anabranch published by the Poets Union Inc. and Life in Gadigal County, Gadigal Press, Sydney. Her reading of the poem Sydney, Real Estate - For Sale was broadcast on ABC National Radio during 2002-3. She has recently won awards in three national poetry competitions; the C J Dennis Literary Awards 2003 (highly commended), the Vera Newsom Commemorative Awards 2003 (Commended) and the Julie Lewis Literary Awards 2003 from the Peter Cowan Writers Centre WA.
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Brenda is a member of the Poets Union NSW and the Round Table Poets. She is also Coordinator of the National Aboriginal History and Heritage Council and an active member of the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative in Sydney.

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Brenda Saunders can be contacted at Email: brendas (át) tpg (dót) com (dót) au   Go to Brenda Saunders's website

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Rudolph von Scheven (1958 - )

Rudolph von Scheven has lived for prolonged periods in Tonga (PhD research) and has worked for 3.5 years as the government archaeologist in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Micronesia. He is presently involved in Australian and Pacific cultural heritage management and archaeology. Most of his writing is standard academic material published in refereed journals in these fields. He has become increasingly concerned about aspects of current cultural policy and development issues -- which he would like to address and express through venues other than standard academic discourse. His interest in writing short stories and especially poetry started because he believes these forms of expression to be a suitable medium for social commentary. While he has been writing on and off since 1992 he have embraced writing as a 'recreational' activity for the mind since 1997. He tends to write in restaurants, best during and after dinner, while alone on trips away from the humdrum of daily university life, reflecting on events and life around him.
   Photo of Rudolph von Scheven by Nanette Mann, 2002.

Rudolph von Scheven's publications include: Anthologies: Bwebwenatoon Etto: A collection of Marshallese Legends and Traditions, (Editor with Jane Downing and Margaret Bennett/Illustrations by Amram Enos and Paul Kingsbury), (Republic of the Marshall Islands Historic Preservation Office, 1992), ReCollecting Albury Writing: Poetry and Prose from Albury & District 1859 to 2000, (Editor with Jane Downing), (Letao Publishing, 2000).

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John A. Scott (1948 - )

John A. Scott was born in England and is the author of several novels and books of poetry and prose. His first book was The Barbarous Sideshow (1975) (the title is taken from Rimbaud), followed by From the Flooded City (1981) and five more books of poetry. His Selected Poems was published by UQP in 1995. He has received a number of major Australian writing awards, including the Victorian Premier’s Prize for his book of poetic narratives, St. Clair, in 1986 and for the novel, What I Have Written, in 1994. In later years he has become involved in writing for film and his work includes the screenplay adaptation of What I Have Written. He teaches in the Faculty of Creative Arts at Wollongong University.
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Joan Scott (D.O.B. - )

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Kerry Scuffins (1958 - )

Born in Canberra. Parents-father Irish born, ran away joined the army aged 16 and led a varied life until meeting my mother in Sydney, Australia. She was a nurse at the time, a profession she's worked in to this day. My father taught primary and high school, and read the news on Ballarat and Western District BTV6. They eventually coerced him from the school room to position of Community Affairs Director. My mother had four children, starting with me and following with two girls and a boy. Both parents are artistically inclined - father wrote and acted, mother writes and paints. All the siblings are artistically bent in some way(s). Grew up in Ballarat.
   Photo of Kerry Scuffins and friend by Martin Scuffins, year unknown.

Scrambled through various misadventures to H.S.C., then left home and worked as a nursing aide, then a strapper ... ventured to Geelong for a B.A. at the only university with a creative writing course I could find, Deakin. A few years & jobs & relationships later, I met and married Gary, and almost immediately had two step-children, Renée and Nathan. Melanie, their sister, followed in 1984, but lived only four days due to a chronic heart deformity of No Known Cause. Separated in 1987 but happily still seeing a bit of my family. Spent the last eleven years in various inner city suburbs of Melbourne; currently in transit again. Have taught at various high schools (Dip. Ed., 1983); other employments include public servant, brickies' labourer, and salesperson - all usually terminated by efforts to Live On Art and taken up again in the cause of Simply Living. Kerry's poems have previously appeared in The Age; Contempa; Going Down Swinging; Hecate; Luna; Mattoid; Mattoid Diary; Moving Words (on trams); Off the Page; Overland; Perseverance Poets Anthology; Poems from the Rochester Castle Anthology; Poetry Australia; Sambuca Café Blackboard Poems; The Provincial Hotel Anthology; The Writing on the Wall; Wonderful Women Pretty Big Poetry Anthology; Core; Micropress Oz; Seed; the Dan O'Connell newsletter; Centoria; Famous Reporter; Blue Dog; and have been read on 3RRR, 3CR, Radio National and others.

Kerry Scuffins's publications include: Poetry: Terror Firma, (Fling Press, 1987), Kiss and Tell, (A.N.O.N. Press, year unknown), Melanie's Corner, (A.N.O.N. Press, year unknown), Aqua Profundo, (A.N.O.N. Press, year unknown), Live Sentences: Four Melbourne Performance Poets, (Penguin, 1991), User Pays, (SHASU inc., 1991), Laika's Run, (Five Islands Press, 1995).

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Michael Sharkey (D.O.B. - )

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Thomas Shapcott (1935 - )

Thomas Shapcott was born in Ipswich, Queensland, one of Australia's mining-industrial areas. He is a twin. Left school at 15 but did an Arts Degree at Queensland University part-time in the 1960s, when he was working as a Public Accountant and had a young family. His first book of poems, Time On Fire (1961) received the Grace Leven Prize, then the only major poetry award in Australia. He has subsequently published 14 collections of verse, most recent being Chekov'S Mongoose (2000, Salt Publishing), named by Elizabeth Jolley as one of her '3 books of the year' in The Age, Melbourne. He has also published 6 adult novels, 4 novels for younger readers and various other book titles. Awarded an OA in 1989 and an Hon.D.Litt. from Macquarie University, he was Director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council 1983-90 and Executive Director of the National Book Council 1992-1997. In March 1997 he was appointed the initial Professor of Creative Writing at Adelaide University. In 2000 he received the Patrick White Award. He's still writing furiously. [Postal Address: PO Box 231, Mont Albert, Victoria, 3127, Australia.]
   Photo of Thomas Shapcott by Mark Fitz-Gerald, 1999.

Thomas Shapcott's publications include: Time On Fire (Jacaranda, 1961), The Mankind Thing (Jacaranda, 1963), A Taste of Salt Water (Angus & Robertson, 1967), Inwards To The Sun (University of Queensland Press, 1969), Begin With Walking (University of Queensland Press, 1973), Shabbytown Calendar (University of Queensland Press, 1975), Selected Poems 1978 (University of Queensland Press, 1978), Welcome! (University of Queensland Press, 1982), Travel Dice (University of Queensland Press, 1984), Selected Poems 1956-1988 (University of Queensland Press, 1989), The City Of Home (University of Queensland Press, 1995), Chekov's Mongoose (Salt Publishing, 2000).

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Pamela Sidney (D.O.B. - )

Pamela was born and grew up in Brighton, Melbourne. Her performing/creative life began 1963 - Kenwood Theatre Studio Hawthorn - director, Ken Woodward. Stayed 5 years, became principal actress, playing Shakespeare, Shaw, Bolt, Rattigan, Barrie. Did TV - Homicide, Hunter, Division 4. And need to sing and act, led her 60's to John Riddaell's Command Performers Theatre Company Richmond - Rodgers + Hammerstein musicals - playing Laurey in 'Oklahoma', Carrie in 'Carousel'. Commenced singing lessons with Mr Renard of Auburn. 1970 - taught herself guitar, developed repertoire [2 hrs]; Dylan, Baez, Denny, Donavan, traditional ballads - began performing solo - singer/guitarist. 1974 - sang in Marjorie Spicer's rock opera 'Paul', Ballarat - Camberwell - Sydney Opera House. Auditioned successfully JC. Willamson's 'Irene' 1975, played Her Majesty's Theatre Sydney, eight months. Tutored then by renowned Dot Mendoza in her revolutionary singing method. 1976 travelled to London, toured England with Dilmar Company in 'A Little Light Music' - excerpts from light opera/musicals. Four years in London saw song writing - singing folk clubs ['Bungies', 'The Crypt', 'Troubadour', - resident singer, Waltham Cross Restaurant, 'Old Swan' Notting Hill Gate - TV, B.B.C./London Weekend - 'Within These Walls' etc. commercial with Tommy Steele, demo recording. Regular busker in London Underground '77--79.
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[Tottenham Crt Rd Tube]. Returning 1980, Melbourne - 5 year period lyric/music song-writing with second husband, Oliver Dutartre - guitarist/composer, from France. Film work - extra/bit parts - 'Cactus', 'Father', 'Death in Brunswick', 'Emerging', 'Mission Impossible' etc. 1983 - Introduced to poetry at café Jammin', Middle Park run by daughter Lauren Williams, began writing, performing poetry, singing Tuesdays - run then by 'Tom the Street Poet.'Northern Theatre Co. playing 'Crissy' - rock musical 'Hair' directed by Jeff Warren. Mid 80's - two plays with director, Rob Chuter - 'Isadora' - Universal Theatre, 'Quintessence' - La Mama. 1988. Wrote, directed, performed 'Through Elizabeth's Eyes' - one hour poetic monologue [Eliazbeth 1 on her death-bed] at Adelaide Fringe Festival and 'Great Hall' at Monsalvat. Same year - chosen by Anthony Dowell of Royal Ballet, Covent Garden London to play 'the governess' in 'Swan Lake' [non-dancing/acting role] at State Theatre Melbourne. Founded 1990, with Ken Smeaton and Whitefeather, 'Perserverance Poets' readings at Perserverance Hotel [Louise Craig joined after 6 months] 1991 partnership 'Sweet Hemlock', with base player Angus Mc Creeley, who composed music for her poetry. Played most venues - radio 3CR. Began self-publishing 1991 [14 poetry collections to 1995]. 1994 - With 'Oz Poets Tour of America', appeared Austin International Festival of Poetry - toured Texas, Arkansas, Ohio, Colorado. Pamela reads at Dan O'Connell Hotel, Duke of Windsor Prahran, 'Good Morning Captain' café, festivals, 'slams', Monsalvat etc., is a member of Melbourne Poets Union, Actors Equity [Vic] British Equity A.P.R.A. and C.A.L. Her poetry is published in; anthologies, magazines, the internet, haiku in Mainichi Daily News - Tokyo, street poetry sheets and fliers of the 80's and in Melbourne's Age. She compiles and distributes her venue listing, 'The Melbourne Poetry Gig Guide' free at venues.

Pamela Sidney's publications include: Poetry: Balancing the Power, (Maat Publications, 1993), The Fragrance of my Beloved, (Maat Publications, 1993), Primordial Brew, (Maat Publications, 1993), Wild Woman, Wild Honey, (Maat Publications, 1993), The Veil of Isis, (Maat Publications, 1993), Through Elizabeth's Eyes, (Maat Publications, 1993), True Raves I, (Maat Publications, 1994), Merlin & the Lady of the Lake, (Maat Publications, 1994), The Rite To Be.....A Witch, (Maat Publications, 1994), Frangipani Maze, (Maat Publications, 1994), Face to Face, (Maat Publications, 1994), Out of the Cage, (Maat Publications, 1994), Radical Heart, (Maat Publications, 1995), Shifting Paradigms, (Maat Publications, 1995), Wild Whispers, (Maat Publications, 2002), Busking in London Underground, (Maat Publications, 2002); Novella: Aphrodite's Fables from a Fitzroy Squat, (Maat Publications, 1990).

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Ron A. Simpson (1929 - 2002)

Ron Simpson was born in Melbourne in 1929, studied with the Christian Brothers, then at Melbourne Teachers' College and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He taught in schools in England and Australia before his apppointment to the Chisolm Institute of Technology from which he retired as a Senior Lecturer in Art and Literature in 1987. He was poetry Editor at the Bulletin (1963-65), and Poetry Editor of the Age from 1969 until he retired from that position in 1997. He travels frequently to the United States. He still combines drawing with the writing of poetry, though he is far better known as a poet. In 1992 he received the Victorian FAW Christopher Brennan Award for his achievement as a poet, and in 1999 the Age Book of the Year for poetry with The Impossible and Other Poems, (Five Islands Press).
   Photo of Ron Simpson by Meredith Simpson, 1992.

Ron Simpson's publications include: Poetry: Selected Poems, (University of Queensland Press, 1981), The Impossible and Other Poems, (Five Islands Press, 1998), The Midday Clock Selected Poems, (Macmillian Publishers Australia, 1999).

Malobi Sinha (1970 - )

Malobi Sinha spent the early years of her childhood in the freedom and vastness of Kenya, and then her family migrated to Australia where she completed her schooling and went on to do further studies (she completed a Bachelors in Engineering from Monash university). Malobi’s fascinations are the world and its people. She has had literary work (poetry) published previously in various magazines and e-zines in Australia and the USA, including Thylazine, and Sankalan (Aus) and Kaj-Mahkah (USA), and is currently working on her first collection of poetry. Malobi also contracts as an Engineer. Malobi lives in Victoria, Australia with her husband.
   Photo of Malobi Sinha by Mitul Mishra, 2003.

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Malobi Sinha can be contacted at: Email: poemsnthings (át) yahoo (dót) (cóm) (dót) au    Go to Malobi Sinha's website

Lish (Elizabeth Skec) (1972 - )

I live, thus writing never stops for me, the only way would be death and there are just too many colours i haven't seen yet. Spent several years working with the disabled & campaigning for forests in many states, poetry performances have appeared on an Optus Vision poetry series and a poem was recently included on Picking Poetry Apart, Video Education Australasia 2002. I put no label to myself because brands are evil. I have been published in newspapers & mags (most recently mod_piece & the mozzie done some gigs (features at Spinning Room, 2002; Passionate Tongues 2002; Victorian Writers Centre, 1995; Parliament House 1993 [the gig was outside in the middle of a storm that lasted for a week previously, it was the environmental summit protesting for forest and the tourists were more interested in the ferals than the great marble pillars lining the foyer representing forest or the grass that our government spends so much money on to keep it green for them.], Unleash @ The Brandon Bar, 2002;
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Montsalvat Festival of Poetry & Song 2002; Overload Poetry Festival 2002), hosted Poets Picnic @ Birrarung Marr Sunday 26 January 2003 and during the late 1990s was one leg of the fnords, a musically poetical band (gigs included The Arthouse, prohibition & House of Fools). Had a hiatus bore twins, spent some time acting with the Footscray Adult Cabaret @ the Footscray Community Arts Centre wrote some plays with them and a hip hop song 'train of romance' that featured throughout the play 'An X to Grind'. I intend to continue wandering the planet until i can't walk any more or hitching becomes illegal (perhaps this time i could take a car) hopefully my family will come (Paul and the twin engines of chaos Tyrell & Kendra) to share the adventure. Along with Pamela 'Mimi' Sidney, Patrick Alexander & paul. a skec one of the four founders of Accidental Poets @ good morning captain.

Lish's publications include: Poetry: butterflies of new dawn, (skecteXt publishing,1996), leather skin, (skecteXt publishing, 2002).

Paul Skec (1971 - )

A very strange individual­ born in footscray, grew up in swamps ov west sunshine, quite near explosives factory, speedway & drive-in theatre­ has lived in various parts ov melbourne­ winner ov the 1993 R.L. Rankin Prize for Poetry­ things he wrote covering many genres have appeared in many places & formats­live, aurally and on the page: published in sane, hurricane, poetry on paper etc; performed/read on community radio stations, 3RRR-FM, Southern FM, 3CR; featured readings at various venues including Lame Duck Readings at the No Exit Café (1994), Perseverance Poets (1990-1994), Clifton Hill Hotel, La Mama Poetica, Karnival (Fringe Opening 1994/5 memory¹s a bit hazy on that one), Mega Scribes (Fringe Festival Event), Victorian Writer¹s Centre (1996), Smith Street Bar & Bistro (2002), Unleashed @ The Brandon Hotel (2002) and Poetry Overboard @ Good Morning Captain 15 August 2002­ he is accumulating a reference library he hopes to be able to install into his brain­ a member of the Victorian Writers Centre, Melbourne Poets Union inc., Poetry Australia Foundation and sometime member of Society of Editors (Vic), NIMBA (a northern suburbs twin club) and X-Files Fan Club of Australia, (well, one ov the early unofficial ones); he is currently editor ov the melbourne poets union inc. newsletter poam & its electronic avatar, epoam and has had many teachers over many years comment on his overfondness for parentheses.
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Paul Skec's publications include: Poetry: pluto's bark, (self-published chapbook, 1991), hippie nihilist, (self-published chapbook, 1992), melancholy spirits, (self-published chapbook, 1993), novije pjesmice, (self-published chapbook, 1994), zen goulash, (self-published chapbook, 1995), triangulations, (skecteXt publishing, 2002)

Alex Skovron (1948 - )

Alex Skovron was born in Poland, emigrated to Israel with his parents in 1956, and thence to Australia in 1958. His family settled in Sydney, where he grew up and com-pleted his studies. Since the early 1970s he has worked as a book editor for various publishers in Sydney and Melbourne, and was general editor of The Concise Encyclopaedia of Australia (1977-79); he now lives in Melbourne with his wife Ruth and their two children, and works as a freelance editor. Skovron's poetry has been published widely and three collections have appeared to date: The Rearrangement, (1988), which won the Anne Elder and Mary Gilmore awards, and was shortlisted in the NSW Premier's Awards; Sleeve Notes (1992), shortlisted for the Barbara Ramsden Award; and Infinite City (1999), shortlisted in the Age Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier's Awards. He was a recipient of an Australia Council writer's grant (1994), and has been a winner of the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry (1983), the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award (1995 and 2001), the Manuel Gelman Memorial Prize for Literature (1997), and the Kyneton Literature Festival Poetry Prize (2002). His published work includes short stories, and a novella is forthcoming. A fourth book of poems, The Man and the Map, will be released in 2003.
   Photo of Alex Skovron by Jerry Galea, 2000.

Alex Skovron's publications include: Poetry: The Rearrangement, (Melbourne University Press, 1988, Octave, 1996,) Sleeve Notes, (Hale & Iremonger, 1992), Infinite City, (Five Islands Press, 1999, 2000), The Man and the Map, (Five Islands Press, 2003); Non-Fiction: The Concise Encyclopaedia of Australia, (editor), Horwitz, 1979.

Peter Skrzynecki (1945 - )

Peter Skrzynecki has published fourteen books of poetry and prose. Immigrant Chronicle was set on the New South Wales HSC syllabus in 1992 and, to date, has sold 20,000 copies. His literary prizes include the Grace Leven Poetry Prize, the Henry Lawson Short Story Award, the Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Award and he has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Award three times. In 1989 he received the Order of Cultural Merit from the Polish government. His work has appeared in more than eighty anthologies in Australia and overseas and has been translated into German, Greek, Turkish, Chinese, Polish, Vietnamese, Polish and Ukrainian. He teaches at the University of Western Sydney.
   Photo of Peter Skrzynecki courtesy of The Northern District Times, 1996.

Peter Skrzynecki's publications include: Poetry: Immigrant Chronicle, (University of Queensland Press, 1975), The Polish Immigrant, (Phoenix Publications, 1982), Night Swim, (Hale & Iremonger, 1989), Easter Sunday, (Angus & Robertson/ HarperCollins, 1993), Time's Revenge, (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2000);Novel: The Beloved Mountain, (Hale & Iremonger, 1988), The Cry of the Goldfinch, (Transworld, 1996); Short Fiction: The Wild Dogs, (UQP, 1987), Rock 'n' Roll Heroes, (Hale & Iremonger, 1992); Anthology: Joseph's Coat: An Anthology of Multicultural Writing in Australia, (editor), (Hale & Iremonger, 1985), Influence: Australian Voices, (editor), Transworld, 1997.

Kenneth Slessor (1901 - 1971)

Kenneth Slessor was born in 1901 in Orange, New South Wales, Australia. He was educated at Sydney Church of England Grammmar School. He worked as a journalist on various newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne including The Sydney Sun, the Daily Telegraph, the Melbourne Herald and Punch. He was an editor of Smith's Weekly and Southerly. Between 1940 and 1944 he spent four years as a war correspondent. His earliest poetry, published in the magazine "Vision", was a reaction against he popular bush ballads. Highly romantic, they looked to Europe for inspiration. His later poems are increasingly focused on Australian subjects, both historic, as in 'Five Visions of Captain Cook' and personal such as the elegy 'Five Bells' with its scintillating description of Sydney Harbour by night which in turn inspired John Olsen's great mural for the Sydney Opera House.
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Kenneth Slessor's publications include: Poetry: Earth Visitors, (Fanfolico, London , 1926), Cockooz Contrey, (Frank Johnson, Sydney, 1932), Five Bells, (Frank Johnson, Sydney, 1939), One Hundred Poems, (Angus and Robertson Ltd, 1944), Poems by Kenneth Slessor, (Sirius Books, A&R, 1967).

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Hazel Smith (1950 - )

Hazel Smith works in the areas of poetry, experimental writing, performance, multi-media work and hypertext, and her web page can be found at www.australysis.com. She has published in numerous international poetry magazines and anthologies. Hazel has given poetry performances in many countries including Australia, Great Britain, USA, Belgium and New Zealand, and also on the ABC, BBC and US radio. In Australia she has featured several times on the ABC program Poetica, and has performed at numerous festivals, conferences and other venues. In 2002 she appeared at the Autumn Writers Festival Sydney, the Brett Whitely Gallery Sydney, the Australian Poetry Festival Sydney, the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the ACT Spring Poetry Festival and the Brisbane Powerhouse. She has collaborated with the artist Sieglinde Karl on several installation works including TranceFIGUREd Spirit, Secret Places and DarkLight.
   Photo of Hazel Smith by Roger Dean, 1999.

These works have been exhibited in galleries in Tasmania and on the mainland. Hazel is a member of the internationally active multimedia group, austraLYSIS, and has been co-recipient of Australia Council Grants for austraLYSIS from 1990-2003. She has also collaborated on many performance works and "sound technodramas" with musician Roger Dean, and their pieces have featured on, the ABC programs The Listening Room, Random Round and Jazztracks. Their piece "Poet Without Language" was nominated by the ABC for the Prix Italia in 1993. They have also collaborated on a number of hypermedia pieces including Walking The Faultlines, on Cyberquilt: A CD- Rom Anthology, International Computer Music Association, San Francisco, 1999; Wordstuffs: the city and the body, at http://www.abc.net.au/arts/stuff-art/stuff-art99/stuff98/10.htm, (commissioned by the Australian Film Commission), and "Intertwingling" on both the Overland Express and HOW2 websites. A new work, The "Egg The Cart The Horse The Chicken", can be viewed at www.ce.canberra.edu.au/inflect, and was featured in a multimedia showcase at the Seattle Poetry Festival USA in May 2002. Hazel Smith is currently Senior Research Fellow in the School of Creative Communication, University of Canberra and Deputy Director of the Canberra Centre for Writing. She is also editor of the new journal of multimedia writing infLect, www.ce.canberra.edu.au/inflect. From 1991-2001 Hazel was a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of New South Wales. She is co-author with Roger Dean of the book Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945 published by Harwood Academic in 1997. Her book, Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, was published by Liverpool University Press in late 2000. Hazel has also been an internationally active violinist and leader of the contemporary music group austraLYSIS. She has performed solos and chamber music in many parts of the world including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, Norway and the Philippines. She features as soloist on several commercial recordings, including two CDs of works by Milhaud.

Hazel Smith's publications include: Poetry: Abstractly Represented: Poems and Performance Texts 1982-90, (Butterfly Books, 1991), Keys Round Her Tongue: short prose, poems and performance texts, (poetry/prose/performance), (SomaPublications, 2000), Poet Without Language with austraLYSIS, (performance/cd) Rufus Records 1994, Nuraghic Echoes, (performance/cd with Roger Dean), (Rufus Records, 1996), Wordstuffs: the city and the body, (co-author/multi-media and hypermedia), (ABC website, 1998), Intertwingling, (co-author /multi-media and hypermedia work), (the HOW2 site, 2001), Returning the Angles, (performance/hypermedia/cdrom), (Soma Recording and Publishing, 2001); Non-Fiction: Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945, (with Roger Dean), (Harwood Academic, 1997), Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, (Liverpool University Press, 2000).

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Tony Smith (1947 - )

Tony Smith teaches politics at the University of Sydney and lives in Wiradjuri country outside Bathurst in New South Wales. He has had non-fiction articles and reviews published in various journals and newspapers including Australian Quarterly, The Australian, Australian Book Review and The Australian Financial Review. He has made radio broadcasts on community radio stations and the ABC (Ockhams Razor, Lingua Franca, Australia Talks Back). His short stories have appeared in Heartland, Blast, FreeXpression, Portfolio, This Life and Stories from the Shed (edited by Mark Thomson). His poems have appeared in Studio, National Outlook, Spindrift, the Poetry Picnic Book, Green Left Weekly and Law/Text/Culture.
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He was a member of Writers Against Nuclear Arms during the 1980s and was a foundation member of the Australian Chapter of the World Peace Bell Association based in Cowra.

Tony Smith's publications include: Anthology: Evil Equations in Poems About War, (an anthology presented to Prime Minister John Howard), (publisher unknown, 2002).

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Alicia Sometimes (1970's - )

Alicia Sometimes has performed as a spoken word artist over 350 times since 1992 at a variety of venues, festivals, states and countries with a myriad of Australian and international performers. She has been published in Cordite, Pelt, Verandah, Going Down Swinging, Voiceworks and many other anthologies. Her work has been heard times on TV, radio and various spoken word CD's, most recently 'You Talking To Me?'. Alicia is currently co-editor of the literary magazine Going Down Swinging and co-host of the spoken word show 'Aural Text' on Melbourne radio 3RRR (Wednesdays 1pm). She is also a teacher of poetry and short story at RMIT and Chisholm Tafes.
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Alicia Sometimes's publications include: Poetry: starstuff, (chapbook), (Freedom Press, 1999).

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Arthur Stace (1884 - 1967)

Arthur Stace was a reformed alcoholic who for 35 years was inspired to write the word 'Eternity' in perfect copperplate in chalk on the streets of Sydney. Many people who lived in Sydney between 1932 and 1967, and those who visited, would have seen the word written on footpaths. It was a mystery for years, until 1956 when it was revealed to be the work of Arthur Stace. He wrote 'Eternity' over half a million times. Arthur Stace grew up in poverty, and was jailed at the age of 15. After serving in France during the First World War, he returned to the streets of Sydney, partially blind, unemployed and an alcoholic. One day, drawn into the Burton Street Baptist Tabernacle with the promise of a free meal, Arthur Stace encountered something that changed his life, as he described to a journalist from the Daily Telegraph in June 1965, two years before his death: John Ridley was a powerful preacher and he shouted, 'I wish I could shout Eternity through the streets of Sydney.' He repeated himself and kept shouting, 'Eternity, Eternity,' and his words were ringing through my brain as I left the church. Suddenly I began crying and I felt a powerful call from the Lord to write 'Eternity'. I had a piece of chalk in my pocket, and I bent down right there and wrote it. I've been writing it at least 50 times a day ever since, and that's 30 years ago. The funny thing is that before I wrote it I could hardly write my own name. I had no schooling and I couldn't have spelled 'Eternity' for a hundred quid. But it came out smoothly, in a beautiful copperplate script. I couldn't understand it, and I still can't. I've tried and tried, but 'Eternity' is the only word that comes out in copperplate. Eternity gets the message across, makes people stop and think.
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Arthur Stace's publications include: "Eternity" self-published and republished approx. half a million times over a thirty year period in Sydney.

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Nicolette Stasko (1930 - )

Nicolette Stasko has appeared at numerous venues including The Melbourne Festival (1992, 1994), National Word Festival (1991), NSW State Library (1993), NSW Writers' Centre Spring Writing Festival (1993,'94,'97), Tasmanian Poetry Festival (1993), Sydney Festival Writers' Week (1994,'97), Museum of Contemporary Art (1994) and in the USA, China and London. Nicolette Stasko was the Associate/Fiction Editor of and reviewer for a literary journal, The Phoenix Review from 1986 to 1992. In 1993 she was interviewed about her work as a poet for a feature on SBS television's 'Vox Populi'.
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Nicolette Stasko has run writing workshops for the NSW Poets' Union (1994) and schools, primary, secondary and tertiary, as well as given many readings not listed above. In 1997 she taught part-time in the Creative Writing Department at Wollongong University. In 1996 she received a Fellowship from the Eleanor Dark Foundation to write at Varuna and in 1997 a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council to complete her third collection of poetry. Her next collection In Certain Light, (poetry), is forthcoming with Black Pepper in 2002. Her papers have been collected by the National Library (MS9406).

Nicolette Stasko's publications include: Poetry: Abundance, (HarperCollins/Angus & Robertson, 1992), Black Night With Windows, (HarperCollins/Angus & Robertson, 1994), Dwelling in the Shape of Things, (Vagabond Press, 1999); Non-Fiction: Oyster:From Montparnasse to Greenwell Point (non-fiction), (Harper Collins, 2000).

Judith Steele (1944 - )

Judith Steele lives in Darwin. She has worked as a cleaner, kitchenhand, shop assistant, public servant, teacher, and other vagrant occupations. Her poetry was first published in 'Fighting Monsters', as co-author with Moira McAuliffe. She was joint winner of the 1998 Inaugural Michele Turner Writing Awards presented by the East Timor Relief Association and Matebian News. She won the Red Earth Poetry Prize in the Dymocks Northern Territory Literary Awards 2001 and 2002. Her poetry has been published in various journals, including Northern Perspective, Northerly, Yellow Moon, the Indonesian-Australian journal Coast Lines, and The Animist webzine. An extract from her West Timor travel journal was published in the first print issue of the U.S. multi-lingual journal Gobshite Quarterly.
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Tim Steward (D.O.B. - )

Tim Steward (born UK), moved to Townsville, Australia (1985). High school graduate - formed PYSCHO SKATE SMURFS ON SMACK, thence LETHAL INJECTIONS. Played live Townsville 1986-1989, changed name and lineup to MADMEN. Moved to Brisbane 1990. Released one 12" mini-album THUNDER EGG EP, and three 7" singles ALMOST PAST CARING, TOWER, COOL KINDA KID as MADMEN. Name change to SCREAMFEEDER. Tim played pivotal role in promoting Brisbane independent bands in early 90s, via his label Stone Groove.
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Tim Steward's creative achievements include: 8 albums to date - FLOUR, BURN OUT YOUR NAME, FILL YOURSELF WITH MUSIC, KITTEN LICKS, HOME-AGE, ROCKS ON THE SOUL, TAKES YOU APART, and their latest INTRODUCING - SCREAMFEEDER. Also myriad CDEPs, and CD singles. Each SCREAMFEEDER album is distinct and unique, a testament to the diversity and talent of Tim Steward. Tim is currently recording his first solo album, and will also continue his prolific career with SCREAMFEEDER.

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Randolph Stow (1935 - )

Randolph Stow was born at Geraldton in Western Australia, and attended the University of Western Australia. Stow tutored in English at the University of Adelaide, studied Anthropology, worked on a mission in the far north of Western Australia, and as assistant to the Government Anthropologist of Papua New Guinea. Since 1969 he has mainly lived in Suffolk, though he has travelled widely in Europe, North America and Asia. His first novel was A Haunted Land (1956), and he has gone on to focus more on fiction that poetry, writing the following novels: The Bystander, To the Islands, Tourmaline, The Merry-Go-Round in the Sea, Visitants, The Girl Green as Elderflower, and The Suburbs of Hell. He won the Miles Franklin award for fiction in 1958 and the Patrick White award in 1979. His selected poems titled The Counterfeit Silence was published in 1969.
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Jennifer Strauss (D.O.B. - )

Jennifer Strauss was born on a dairy farm near Heywood, and spent the first six years of her life there. She received her education successively in a Catholic convent, Presbyterian boarding school, and Anglican College of Melbourne University. Her working life has been as an academic in English departments, which has afforded her a great deal of pleasure from teaching, and the chance to move about the world a good deal-living in Britain, USA, Germany, Canada and travelling in Spain and Latin America, especially Argentina. Her first published poems were in Melbourne University Magazine. As an academic at Monash University, Jennifer published a good deal of literary criticism, including books on Judith Wright and Gwen Harwood; edited 2 anthologies of Australian poetry, and co-edited The Oxford Literary History of Australia. Jennifer Strauss is national President of a woman's NGO, the Australian Federation of University Women.
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John Stokes (1942 - )

John Stokes is an Australian short-story writer and poet who has travelled widely in Europe and Australia as a surveyor, a town and environmental planner, and an adviser on Landcare, Rivercare, salinity and sustainable agriculture. His work has been widely anthologised in Australia and North America; including in journals such as Idiom 23, Muse, Redoubt, Scarp, Studio, Ulitarra, & Voices. He reads on radio and at various festivals. He won the Woorilla Poetry Prize in 1996 and has been runner-up in various regional prizes. John says that his present passion is Australian landscape as backdrop, and as an emotion for human violence or awe. He is trying to be brave and report back from the country beyond love. He says his favourite poetic influencers are RD Fitzgerald, Francis Webb, Seamus Heaney and Bruce Dawe; and favourite prose writer, David Malouf. A River in the Dark is to be published by Five Islands Press.
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Bobbi Sykes (1943 - )

Bobbi Sykes Roberta (Bobbi) Sykes was born and grew up in Townsville. Formally educated to the age of fourteen, she worked at various jobs before moving to Sydney in 1971. She became a freelance journalist and was associated with a range of Black organisations across the nation. After years of self-education, and lecturing experience at various Australian universities, she completed a Masters degree and then her doctorate in education at Harvard University. While studying she won the Patricia Weickert Black Writers Award (Australia 1982). In 1994 she won the Australian Human Rights Medal. Bobbi Sykes works as a consultant and lecturer — to support her writing habit — and is a frequent international traveller, in demand for poetry readings and conference and lecture presentations. Her publications include MumShirl, (1981), which has been translated and published in Italy; Incentive, Achievement and Community, (1986); Black Majority, (1989); Murwina: Australian Women of High Achievement, (1993) and the three-volume autobiography Snake Dreaming, (1997-2000). Her earlier poetry book Love Poems and Other Revolutionary Actions, (1988) has been translated and published in Germany.
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Patricia Sykes (1941 - )

Patricia Sykes is a poet, editor, performer, and teacher. Her first collection of poetry, Wire Dancing, (Spinifex Press, 1999), grew out of her experiences as a performer with the Women's Circus for whom she co-edited Women's Circus: Leaping Off The Edge, (Spinifex Press, 1997). Wire Dancing was commended in the Anne Elder and Mary Gilmour Awards. She is working on a second collection with the Assistance of an Australia Council grant and is mentoring a book on improvisation by Al Wunder, the director and initiator of Theatre Of The Ordinary based in Melbourne. She lives in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, where she shares an acre of "Land For Wildlife". A particular interest in birds was stimulated by an itinerant childhood in country Victoria and Tasmania. A more general interest in Australia's flora and fauna led to her employment with The Wilderness Society's Education Unit in the early 1990s. She is currently writing full time and visiting as many wetlands as possible.
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Patricia Sykes's publications include: Poetry: Wire Dancing, (Spinifex Press, 1999), Women's Circus: Leaping Off The Edge, (non-fiction/co-editor), (Spinifex Press, 1997).


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