Read more about the writers who contributed to EXT 2012

TONY BRENNAN has three kids, is a teacher and lives in Tasmania, Australia. His main gig has been as a songwriter and lead-singer for The Ray Martians, playing quirky contemporary rock-jazz-punk-folk fusion. Poetry is like songwriting, only all the music is in the words and in the spaces between them. Find Tony on Facebook.

STEVE BROCK completed a PhD in Australian literature at Flinders University in 2003. His first collection of poems, the night is a dying dog, was published in Friendly St New Poets 12 (2007). Steve received a grant from Arts SA to complete his current poetry manuscript, Double Glaze, which will be published by Five Islands Press in 2013. His work has appeared in a number of journals, including Westerly, Poetry NZ, Blue Dog, Cordite, Famous Reporter and Salt-Lick Quarterly. Steve is a co-translator of the Trilingual Mapuche Poetry Anthology with Juan Garrido-Salgado and Sergio Holas.

A native of Sydney’s outskirts, MARK DELLA-LIBERA likes music almost as much as he likes words, and jumps all over the chance to combine the two. Immersing himself in everything from Skrillex to Bertrand Russell, Mark writes about whatever happens to bubble up into his restless brain, and loves every syllable, every note. He still lives on the edge of Sydney, with his wife and best friend, Kat.

GRAEME KINROSS-SMITH’s words have long been heard in the Australian literary canon. In step with his earlier poetry collections, his novelist’s stance, his short fictions and memoir, his new book of poems, Available Light (Whitmore Press, 2012), picks up on his feelings for photography, for jazz as well as music in general, for the game of tennis, for the irony, joy and hope to be found in human closeness.

VIRGINIA LLOYD is a literary agent, a former book editor, a communications consultant to non-profit organisations, and the author of The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement, a memoir. She is a Past President of Sydney PEN and a former Vice-President of the Sydney Improvised Music Association (SIMA). Website:

KENT MACCARTER is a writer and editor in Melbourne. He’s the author of two poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009) and Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro, 2011) – and editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), a non-fiction collection of diasporic, essays from international authors now living, writing from Australia. MacCarter sits on the board of The Small Press Network and is active in Melbourne PEN. He is Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review. He was recently awarded a Fulbright Travel Award to read in Indonesia, promoting American literature.

This is the third time that DANNY MELIA has had his writing published. The first was in 1973 and the second in 1990. Some might say ‘a long time between drinks’. He’s currently undertaking a diploma course in Professional Writing and Editing as he plans to supplement his retirement via the pen. Danny writes short and longer fiction, non-fiction articles and essays, travel features and narratives on many aspects of the Australian way of life. When he is not travelling in Australia with his wife, Pam, they live in Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria.

WILLOW NEILSON was born in Nimbin, NSW, and spent his teenage years in Armidale, NSW and Melbourne, Victoria. Writing was a childhood passion but fell aside to the wonders of the saxophone and jazz. His career in music has taken him on to perform in many festivals, competitions and recordings with a range of highly acclaimed artists both Australian and international. Recently rediscovering the joys of writing, Willow has published articles, poems and stories in various print and online media and performed in events from his current base of Shanghai. Willow will soon move to Chennai, India to continue studies in Carnatic music.

An award winning poet, GEOFF PAGE has published 20 poetry collections, two novels, five verse novels, several anthologies, translations and a biography of jazz musician, Bernie McGann — as well as a CD, Coffee With Miles (River Road Press) on which he collaborates with several jazz musicians. Page’s awards include the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry, Christopher Brennan Award and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. Selections from his work have been translated into Chinese, German, Serbian, Slovenian and Greek, and he has travelled the world giving poetry readings throughout Europe as well as Singapore, China, Korea, India the USA and New Zealand.

ANN-MARIE RUDD is a former singer /songwriter who traded cocktail bars for lecture halls, graduating from university with an honours degree in writing. She has had poems, stories and articles published and is currently compiling a collection of her short fiction. Music inspires or features in most of her writing.

ISABELLE SKABURSKIS moved to Australia from Cambodia in January 2011 to nurture her lifelong love of writing, and quite unexpectedly discovered Melbourne’s vibrant music community. She now uses jazz and other experimental musical styles to inform her use of language. Isabelle has published articles relating to her work in cross-cultural yoga therapy for trauma survivors, she regularly indulges her lust for poetry, and is currently wrestling and cajoling her experiences in Cambodia into the shape of a novel.

For twenty years or more MARY-ELLEN STRINGER worked as a singer, a songwriter and sometime actor. She’s also been a house cleaner, a lousy waitress, and taught teenagers to sing. Her writing has appeared in Meanjin, Overland, The Big Issue and some anthologies. She currently lives in Brisbane with her daughters, teaches writing at a Uni, and is working on a novel.

MARK TREDINNICK has been described as ‘one of our great poets of place—not just of geographic place, but of the spiritual and moral landscapes as well’ (Judy Beveridge). His poetry has appeared in Poetry London, the New Welsh Review, Meanjin and many journals in Australia and overseas, and is widely anthologised; over the past ten years he has won a number of major poetry awards, most notably the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011). Mark has won two Premier’s Book Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award. His other honours include the Cardiff International Poetry Prize (2012), the Blake Poetry Prize (2008) and the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2007, 2011). He is the author of Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Australia’s Wild Weather, and seven other works of poetry and prose. A second collection of Mark’s poems, Body Copy, will be published in 2013 (Puncher & Wattmann), along with a bilingual (Chinese–English) selection of his work (ASM), and a new prose work, Reading Slowly at the End of Time (New South). Mark has lived in the inner city of Sydney and in the Blue Mountains; he lives now on the Wingecarribee River, southwest of Sydney.

ARJUN VON CAEMMERER is a Hobart-based writer, Iyengar yoga teacher, and general medical practitioner. His work includes poetry (especially concrete/visual), CD musing/review, short story, and essay and has been published in The Medical Journal of Australia, extempore/, Unusual Work, and Yoga Rahasya. He enjoys a continuing collaboration with composer/pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, their joint Frank Zappa homage 48 Fugues for Frank / Lingua Franka premiering at Hobart Mona Foma 2010, and subsequently appearing on Move Records.

DONNA WARD is a writer, editor and publicist. Her work has appeared in national and international literary journals. She was the founding managing editor of indigo, the journal of Western Australian creative writing.

MIRIAM ZOLIN is managing editor and publisher at extempore and and lives in Melbourne. Her fiction, essays and opinion pieces have been published in Australian Book Review, Griffith Review, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, Cordite Poetry Review, Sleepers Almanac 7, The University of Melbourne’s graduate publication Muse and the UTS anthology Small Suburban Crimes. Miriam is at the pointy end of the manuscript for a new novel she’s been working on for eight years. Her first novel Tristessa and Lucido was published by UQP in 2003.