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Verge 2012: Inverse


Amber Beilharz has poetry, nonfiction and fiction in Voiceworks Magazine. Her fiction appears in antiTHESIS and Hunger Mountain and poetry within dotdotdash, Fragmented and Verandah. She is currently a poetry editor at Voiceworks Magazine and blogs at Her twitter handle is @velvetbrownfox.

Ineke Dane was born on the east coast of Australia. She sailed to Berlin at the end of 2011 after completing a law degree to pursue photography and eat apples –

Peter Dawncy has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Philosophy from Monash University and this year is commencing his PhD in creative writing. Peter has had poetry published in Southerly, Mascara Literary Review, Islet, LINQ, Voiceworks and in previous editions of Verge. Email:

Peter Donaldson: born in Temora and previously a plant-grower, Peter Donaldson is currently studying at Monash University, focusing on creative writing, philosophy and psychology. He divides his time between Melbourne and Dimboola. Contact:

Matt Hetherington: musician, writer, and sook living in Thornbury. Has a decent heater. His most recent poetry collection is “Eye to Eye” (PRECIOUS PRESS, 2012), and in 2006, he was co-editor of “Straight from the Tank”, a performance-documentary film featuring over 60 poetry performances in Melbourne from 2003-2005.

Siobhan Hodge is a doctoral candidate at the University of Western Australia from the discipline of English, studying Sappho’s poetry and its translation. She divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong, and writes poetry, fiction and essays. She can be contacted at

Jeremy Johnson is a Creative Writing student at RMIT. He’s also a teacher of karate-do and a collector of fedora hats, but it’s the writing that makes him fly. You should see him dancing on a notepad. His heart is made of train-smoke and mistakes. Jeremy can be found at:

Jenny Luong is a law and arts student at Monash, but hopefully for not much longer.

Emily McNamara is a graduate of both Brighton Bay Art, Design & Photography and Monash University (Bachelor of Design). She now works full time in the big bad advertising world and enjoys striped clothing, textile design, jogging and sparkly things. You can say hello to her at:

Etosha Milner is a student of environmental engineering that takes the occasional pleasure in drawing. Eventually his drawing started to creep into his nights of study and as various concepts have evolved he has endeavoured to capture them in his work. You can check out his page at

Bruce Mutard is the author 4 graphic novels: The Sacrifice (Allen & Unwin, 2008), The Silence (Allen & Unwin, 2009), A Mind of Love (Black House Comics, 2011), The Bunker (Image Comics, 2003) and one collection of short stories: Stripshow (Milk Shadow Books, 2012). He also has had stories in Overland, Meanjin, The Australian Book Review among others. You can find him at:

Amy Nicholls-Diver is completing her Honours thesis on the work of Marilyn Hacker. She has been published twice previously in Verge, and has a poem in the most recent edition of lip (Issue 21). The completion of her novella (three years in the making) is her next literary goal.

Catherine Noske is working to complete her doctorate in Creative Writing at Monash University. She was a co-editor of both Verge 2011: The Unknowable and Verge 2007, and has been published in it twice. She was recognized as part of the Sir John Monash Medal (2008) for her achievements in creative writing. Her short stories have been twice awarded the Elyne Mitchell Prize for Rural Women Writers.

Vidya Rajan is a Law/Arts (honours) student at the University of Western Australia. Her writing interests lie in poetry, short fiction and theatre, but too often emerge in the well oiled facebook update. She can be contacted

Samuel Robertson was a student editor of the Verge anthology in 2010. This year he is on the other side of the divide. He is currently completing a degree in Arts/Commerce at Monash University.

Sue Stanford is currently completing her PhD on the haiku poet Sugita Hisajo at Monash in Japanese Studies. She edited the MPU national anthology of tea, wine and coffee poetry, The Attitude of Cups in 2011. Two of her own collections of poetry, ‘Opal’ and ‘The Neon City’, have been published since 2006.

Sarah Stanton is a native Western Australian working in Beijing as a freelance translator and editor specialising in Chinese literature. She has been published in a variety of magazines, including Cha, Voiceworks, Hunger Mountain, and dotdotdash, and was recently shortlisted for the James White Award. She blogs at

Elizabeth Tan is undertaking a Creative Writing PhD at Curtin University in Perth. Her work has appeared in dotdotdash, Voiceworks and Sitelines, and also in the anthologies Nth Degree and Epilogue. She blogs at

Stephanie Yap is a Melbourne based designer and recent Monash graduate. She enjoys exploring and creating work that is experimental, handmade, and also has a sense of humour. You can find more of her work at:

Verge 2012: Inverse

   by Samantha Clifford and Rosalind Mcfarlane