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Verge 2017 – Chimera



Bonnie Reid is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University. Their research and poetry focuses on formal experimentations in trans* and genderqueer poetics. They previously co-edited Verge, 2016 and they are a co-creator of Describe Series, an occasional night of poetry and performance art held in their cousin’s backyard.

Aisling Smith is a fiction writer who has had a number of short stories published in Melbourne, Toronto and Heidelberg. She is currently undertaking a PhD in literary studies, focusing on the works of David Foster Wallace. She is also co-editor-in-chief of Colloquy: text, theory, critique.

Gavin Yates is a doctoral candidate in Creative Writing at Monash University: his research interests include Surrealism, and Australian poetry. In 2014, Gavin completed his Honours degree, which was awarded the Jenny Strauss Prize for Best Creative Writing thesis. He is currently working on his first collection of poetry.


Ashvini Ahilan has moved from UK, to Australia, for a year on a Study Abroad Exchange programme. She is currently in her third year of University, studying English Literature. Being a child of immigrants, she is particularly interested in issues surrounding Post-Colonialism.

Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor is studying towards an Honours degree in English at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Her work has appeared in Starling, Mayhem, Brief, Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, and Tearaway Magazine thanks to the tireless support of some of the best people on this great watery rock.

Megan Blake is a writer, photographer and previous editor of Verge; currently a doctoral candidate at Monash University in Melbourne. She is working (ferociously) on an argument about the competing justifications given to literary rules in 16C Neoclassical England, but took time out from that popular subject to write a submission for Verge because she really liked this year’s theme.

Susan Bradley Smith is an award-winning writer, with research interests in Australian theatre and feminist cultural history. Her most recent book is the verse novel The Screaming Middle. Susan is the founder of the writing and wellbeing consultancy Milkwood Bibliotherapy; Artistic Director of Lennox Head Poetry Festival; and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Curtin University.

Natalie Briggs is a poet currently living in Melbourne.

Lauren Burridge is a writer and literature student based in Melbourne. She’s studying a Bachelor of Arts at Monash University, with a little Japanese on the side. She has had a few articles published online, and enjoys flavoured teas and well-meaning sarcasm.

Brent Cantwell is a New Zealand writer from Timaru, South Canterbury, who lives with his family in the hinterland of Queensland, Australia. He teaches high school English and has been writing for pleasure for 21 years. He has recently been published in Sweet Mammalian, Turbine/Kapohau, Verity La, Brief, Blackmail Press, Landfall, London Grip and in a New Zealand Poetry publication called Penguin Days.

Killian Donohoe lives in Melbourne. He completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University, and has been published in Verge twice previously.

Charlotte Duff is a writer and editor living in Melbourne. She is currently completing her first novel.

Audrey El-Osta is writing her thesis on the poetry of Dorothy Porter at Monash University. She yearns to one day live in a subterranean dwelling one could describe as a ‘hobbit house.’ Until then, you can find her skulking in libraries and bookshops, cackling like a cartoon witch over a meme.

Joan Fleming is the author of two books of poetry, Failed Love Poems (Victoria University Press, 2015) and The Same as Yes (VUP, 2011), and the chapbook Two Dreams in Which Things Are Taken (Duets, 2010). She currently lives in Melbourne where she is finishing her PhD in ethnopoetics, a project that has arisen out of family ties and ongoing relationships with Warlpiri people in Central Australia.

Ann Jackson is a freelance writer who haunts op shops, hoards stationery, and never stops talking about the time she performed with a rock band in Japan. She wishes her heart were as unbreakable as her Nokia.

Jack Kelly lives in Melbourne and is currently studying an Arts/Law double bachelor at Monash University. He can be found @__jack__kelly__.

Allan Lake is originally from Saskatchewan and has lived in Vancouver, Cape Breton Island, Ibiza, Perth (WA), Tasmania, Sicily and at present Melbourne. His collection, Sand in the Sole (2014) was launched at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival. In 2015 Lake won the Elwood Poetry Prize. During 2016 his poems appeared in Australian journals Meniscus, Plumwood Mountain Journal, Poetica Christi anthology and Poetry Matters.

Callum Methven is a twenty-two year old writer from Bunyip, Victoria, who isn’t really sure if he should be calling himself a writer quite yet. He is currently patiently awaiting the launch of the James Webb telescope in 2018 and has recently returned from a semester’s exchange in Colombia.

T Venessa Nguyen studies astrophysics and literature at Monash University. She lost her mind when the Higgs-Boson was confirmed, is learning to reconstruct her thoughts via writing, and in her spare time, cultivates a haphazard life philosophy. More as this develops on:

Claire Orchard’s poetry has appeared in various journals including Landfall, Sport, Sweet Mammalian and Best New Zealand Poems. Her first collection of poetry, Cold Water Cure, was published by Victoria University Press in 2016.

Chloe Riley is an emerging writer from Melbourne, Victoria. She is a recent graduate from Monash University, having completed a Bachelor of Arts receiving First Class Honours in Creative Writing and a sub major in History. Chloe is currently taking a gap year and continues to write with intentions of pursuing postgraduate studies next year.

Kerryn Salter grew up in a small Victorian town (a ‘dot on the map’) before the internet. She looked forward to the fortnightly library van visits. She studied Creative Arts at VCA, before moving to Singapore 15 years ago.

Sivashneel Sanjappa is a Fijian-Indian writer based in Melbourne, who is currently writing a novel, and working as a chef. His stories are primarily inspired by experiences growing up in Fiji, and migrating to Australia as a young adult.

Kim Waters lives in Melbourne where she works part-time and studies visual art at LaTrobe College of Art. She has a Master of Arts degree in creative writing from Deakin University. Her poems have been published in The Australian, Antithesis, Offset 16, Communion 5 and Tincture.

Jena Woodhouse held creative residencies at Camac Centre d’Art, Marnay-sur-Seine, France, and at the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens, Greece in 2015. Her poems have twice been shortlisted (2013, 2015) for Canada’s Montreal International Poetry Prize. She is the author/compiler/ translator of seven published books.

Verge 2017 – Chimera

   by Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates