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Verge 2013: Becoming



PETER DAWNCY lives in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. He has a Bachelor of Arts with majors in English and Philosophy from Monash University, received first-class Honours in English in 2011 and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing. Peter has had fiction and poetry published in various Australian journals and magazines.

CAMILLE ECKHAUS has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English and a Bachelor of Laws, both from Monash University. She received first-class Honours in both degrees and is currently completing a PhD in Creative Writing. She has a number of short stories published in Australia.


DAVID C. MULLER has written and edited many short stories, fiction series, book reviews and news articles that have appeared in three languages in a wide variety of magazines, newspapers and fiction anthologies all across the globe. Though American by birth and Israeli by nature (and nationality), he currently lives in Victoria where he is pursuing a PhD of some sort at Monash University.


BROEDE CARMODY is a poetry editor for Voiceworks magazine. He studies journalism at RMIT University and writes poetry, fiction and nonfiction. In his spare time he likes to drink chai and tweet a lot.

HANNAH CLINTON is currently completing an Arts Degree at Monash University, majoring in English and Creative Writing. She has been writing poetry and short prose since a young age and has worked as a blogger and web copywriter. This is her first publication in print.

KILLIAN DONOHOE was born in Dublin, raised in Melbourne and is currently studying at Monash University.

MATT HETHERINGTON is a musician, writer, and sook living in Thornbury, Melbourne. Has a decent heater. 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. He is also on the committee of the Australian Haiku Society.

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 recently published a chapbook, Picking Up the Pieces, and has had poems published in several places including Cordite, Page Seventeen and Peril.

SALLY-ANNE JOVIC: self-styled casual poet and lover of Dorothy Porter, Sally sometimes attempts to turn her emotions into words. She is currently studying and trying to fit in some lyricism on the side.

NICOLA KILPATRICK has completed a Graduate Certificate of Literary Studies and an Advanced Diploma of Screenwriting. Several of her Link Scripts were broadcast on the ABC’s Children’s Channel, ABC3, in 2011. She is currently undertaking an Honours Degree in Film and Television Studies, with a focus on adaptation studies.

JOEL LAZAR completed a major in Creative Writing at Monash University and is approaching the pointy end of his legal studies. He divides his time between a copywriting business, working in social justice education and talking a great deal about religion. He won the 2012 Monash Poetry Prize.

URVI MAJUMDAR studies Literature and Philosophy at Monash University and hopes to become a writer. ‘When I have loved’ is a poem inspired by the dynamism in the works of Mina Loy and ‘My father’ is an imagist poem.

ROSALIND MCFARLANE is currently a Monash doctoral candidate but is originally from Western Australia. She has a deep interest in crossing borders, the environment and has been a part of several publications, including editing last year’s Verge and has been on the editorial board for Colloquy, dotdotdash and Pelican.

FIKRET PAJALIC came to Melbourne as a refugee, learnt English in his mid-twenties and started writing in his second language years later. He has won and been placed in competitions, published in anthologies and literary magazines such as Mascara, Regime, Hypallage, Platform and upcoming issues of Etchings, Structo, Aker and JAAM.

ELLA PERLOW is a third year Arts student at Monash University. Her degree has been an excellent form of procrastination, distracting her from her passion for reading and writing poetry! Her favourite poets include Emily Dickinson, Wallace Stevens, Dr Seuss and T.S. Elliot.

VIDYA RAJAN is a soon to be Law/Arts (hons) graduate of the University of Western Australia. She writes poems, short fiction and the occasional script. She’d love to hear from you on any manner of things at

SAMUEL ROBERTSON was an assistant editor for Verge 2010 and his piece ‘The Donkey Decides’ appeared in Verge 2012. He is in his final year of an Arts/Commerce degree at Monash University.

NICK ROBINSON is a third year Arts student at Monash University, where he majors in English, and Film and Television. He currently lives in the northwestern suburbs of Melbourne with his mother, father, and younger brother.

EDWINA SLEIGH is a student at Monash University.

MADELEINE THORNTON-SMITH is a Bachelor of Arts/Visual Arts student at Monash University. She recently completed her major in creative writing and particularly enjoyed studying poetry. She has been published in Voiceworks, was highly commended in the Monash Creative Writing Club’s 2012 writing prize and is a keen zine maker and artist.

SAHARA WILSON is a third year Arts / Law student who would love to one day use all her family’s travels and adventures around the world in her writing. Here’s a start.

LAURA ELIZABETH WOOLLETT hails from Perth but is based in Melbourne. This year, her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in antiTHESIS, Camera Obscura, Fourteen Hills and Voiceworks. She is currently working on a collection of short stories about the mistresses of evil men, The Love of a Bad Man. Her first novel The Wood of Suicides will be published by The Permanent Press in January 2014.

CECILIA XU is from Auckland, New Zealand. She has been published in the 2012 New Zealand Poetry Society anthology, Building a Time Machine, and the Michael King literary journal, Signals. She is currently studying medicine at Monash University and also enjoys playing the cello.


KATRINA YOUNG is a full-time Illustrator based in Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Diploma of Illustration. She is still influenced by her Fine Arts background as well as strongly influenced by the multitude of books she reads, cinematography and her favourite artists. Her artwork spans many mediums and themes, but she specializes in portraits and has lately developed an obsession with pattern. She loves reading and collecting swords, but can’t cook to save her life.

To contact her for commissions write to her at: And to keep up with her current work check out her artist blog at:

Verge 2013: Becoming

   by Peter Dawncy and Camille Eckhaus