Cezarija Abartis’ Nice Girls and Other Stories was published by New Rivers Press. Her stories have appeared in Perrogrb jon Comahonyntra, Pure Slush, Waccamaw and New York Tyrant, among others. Her flash, “The Writer”, was selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50 online Fictions of 2012. Recently she completed a novel, a thriller. She teaches at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. Her website is here.
Alex Reece Abbott writes across genres and forms. Her short work is published here and there. She barely blogs at www.alexreeceabbott.info.
Reem Abu-Baker lives in Denver, Colorado, where she recently received her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from the University of Colorado. Her work has appeared in Word Riot.
Peter Adams enjoys trying to capture the essence of things succinctly, which is the heart of flash fiction and poetry. A published historian and sometime diplomat, Peter is fortunate to reside at the edge of Wellington harbour with all its varied beauty, or at the family home in Fiji.
Sue Agnes is an artist and writer who draws on history and human folly in her works. More here.
Raewyn Alexander is a novelist, poet, short story and non-fiction writer who was placed in the top five for the Landfall Essay Competition, 2011, and a prize winner in Printable Reality’s Matariki Poetry Competition 2013. Her third novel, Glam Rock Boyfriends (brightspark books) has a five star review on Amazon, and her 2016 poetry collection, Our Mother Flew Unassisted, is also available. You can read more about Alexander here and also here.
Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O’Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen’s award-winning fiction, non-fiction and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Indiana Review, Quiddity, SmokeLong Quarterly’s Best of the First Ten Years anthology, Prime Number Magazine, Connotation Press, [PANK], Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, The Lit Pub and many others. A former finalist at Glimmer Train, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize twice. Allen blogs here. Christopher Allen was guest editor of the September 2014 falling issue of Flash Frontier.
Brenda Anderson’s fiction has appeared in various places including Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Fiction Vortex and SpeckLit. She lives in Adelaide, South Australia and likes unpopular things like Wagner.
Anonymous_Author© is a literary voice who resides near Puhoi. He is an existentialist suffering from an identity crisis and exists only through the benevolence of language. René Descartes categorically stated: “I think therefore I am.” Anonymous_Author© ambiguously offers: “You think you exist.” As well as poetry, flash fiction and short stories, Anonymous_Author© is currently working on his unauthorised autobiography, The Ghostwriter in the Machine. Follow his progress on Twitter (@anonauth). He won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 third quarter award for writing.
Hobie Anthony was raised on the red clay of Georgia, cut his teeth on the hard streets of Chicago and now grounds himself in the volcanic soil of Portland, Oregon. He can be found or is forthcoming in such journals as Fourteen Hills, Fiction Southeast, The Rumpus, [PANK], Wigleaf, Housefire, Crate, Ampersand, Birkensnake, Word Riot, Connotation Press and many more. He earned an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte. When he needs money, he writes. More here.
David S. Atkinson is the author of Apocalypse All the Time (forthcoming 2017), Not Quite so Stories, The Garden of Good and Evil Pancakes (2015 National Indie Excellence Awards finalist in humor) and Bones Buried in the Dirt (2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards finalist, First Novel <80K). His writing appears in Bartleby Snopes, Grey Sparrow Journal, Atticus Review and others. His writing website is http://davidsatkinsonwriting.com/.
Sandra Arnold is a novelist, short story and non-fiction writer. Her work has been widely published and anthologised in New Zealand and internationally. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and has won several literary awards including the 2014 Seresin/Landfall/Otago University Press Writers Residency and the short story section of the 2015 NZSA Heritage Week Literary Awards.
Derin Attwood was short-listed for NZ Writers’ College Short Story Competition 2010 and has had work published by a number of magazines and websites including 52/250 A Year of Flash. Her novel, The Caves of Kirym, was published in July 2011.
Sam Averis is from Christchurch, New Zealand, where he lives with his wife and daughter. He is a member of the South Island Writers’ Association, and a close-knit online critique group. In addition to his piecees in the September and November 2015 issues of Flash Frontier he has stories forthcoming in Psychopomp Magazine in January and Shotgun Honey in February. You can find him here, or on twitter @Sam_Serif.
Sushma Seth Bhat has had many roles in her life: daughter, student of international relations, wife, mother, business executive, immigrant, lecturer. She’s now morphing into counselor and creative writer.
Jenny Baker has exhibited art in South West England and New Zealand. She works primarily in the photographic medium, most frequently in colour. Baker resides in Northland, the perfect place for a photographer who loves landscape and outdoor photography. She works on personal projects, including portraiture and commissioned pieces. Baker can be contacted at jbakerphotos [at] gmail [dot] com.
Llyvonne Barber has an interest in photography and lives in a rural village in the Manawatu. Her work “Jellyfish Lights” was featured in the April 2012 issue, and “Groups of Three Plus One”, featured first in 52|250: A Year of Flash, can be seen in the July 2013 National Flash Fiction Day issue and on NFFD posters around Aotearoa.
Tina Barry’s poems and short stories have appeared in many publications, including Drunken Boat, Lost in Thought, Blue Five Notebook and Exposure, an Anthology of Micro-fiction. Mall Flower, her first book of poems and short fiction, was released in late 2015. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee. Barry resides in upstate New York.
Rhonda Bartle lives in New Plymouth in a tall house in a long paddock, no garden. A journalist and writer, she prefers pliable fiction to unwieldy fact. Author of two novels and co-author of one book of non-fiction, she has been widely published in print and radio. In 1999 she won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Short Story Award. This year (2013) sees her travelling Eastern Europe with a slightly bigger backpack than she should carry.
Cassandra Baumgardner lives in the central forests of Pennsylvania. She’s 27 years old and is a PSU college graduate. She enjoys photography, reading, writing, and urban exploration. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book she can most likely be seen staring up at the sky. Her heart longs for Alaska.
Kath Beattie is a wet-weather writer who lives in Dunedin. Kath has been writing forever with moderate success. She enjoys the outdoors and chases neighbourhood cats off her garden with water pistols.
Digby Beaumont‘s stories have appeared most recently in Bartleby Snopes, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Camroc Press Review, 100-Word Story and Olentangy Review, among others. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Anthology, and he is currently working on a flash collection. He has worked as a nonfiction author for many years, with numerous publications, and lives in Hove, England.
Paul Beckman has stories due out in Spelk, Zest, Earl of Plaid, Thrice, Dialogual, Blue Lyra, Connotation Press and Apocryphal & Abstractions, and a new collection of his flash stories will be published by Big Table in early 2015. Beckman is also an award-winning photographer who specializes in ‘street shooting’ in the US and around the world and underwater photography. As in his short story writing, Paul focuses with his photographs on the ‘uncommon’ world around us.
Carrie Beckwith lives in Stratford upon Avon and is a former student of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. She runs Custom Content Ltd and provides marketing advice and copywriting to businesses in NZ and the UK. She’s getting back into writing after a hectic year and writes short stories, poems and flash. More here.
Jaypee Belarmino is an occasional artist whose desire to express the contradicting and esoteric nature of life has led him to photography. Jaypee’s interests include prose and poetry, photography, abstract painting, mixed media art, and multimedia art. He is a member of New Zealand Poetry Society and the World Poetry International.
Ben Berman’s first collection of poems, Strange Borderlands, won the 2014 Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Book of Poetry and was a finalist for the Massachusetts Book Award. His second collection, Figuring in the Figure, is forthcoming from Able Muse Press. In addition, he has received honors and fellowships from the New England Poetry Club, Massachusetts Cultural Council and Somerville Arts Council.
Frank Beyer has worked as a Tour Manager for educational trips to Asia and South America. His experiences on these journeys, as well as back home in New Zealand, have inspired him to write short stories, and more recently flash fiction. Frank studied history at the University of Auckland, and through doing so realized he had more taste for interesting narratives rather than accuracy. After a hectic 2014, he plans to enjoy the laid-back pace of New Plymouth for the majority of 2015.
Claire Beynon is an artist, writer and independent researcher based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Drawn increasingly to interdisciplinary work, she has established valued collaborative partnerships with scientists, filmmakers, musicians, fellow artists and writers in her home country and abroad. Antarctica has her under its spell; two summer research seasons with US scientists (in a remote field camp on the edge of the Taylor Dry Valleys) significantly altered her way of seeing and being in the world. More here.
Jaclyn Bergamino grew up in the sultry swamps of Florida where she developed an appreciation for the environment and how it shapes our experiences. Since then, she has taught English and art all over the world. Seeing the world through the lenses of other cultures, in other environments, and through the eyes of her students has shaped and informed her writing. She is currently based in Wellington.
Maree Bishop lives on the Hibiscus Coast. She has written two novels, one of which she recently published online. Both novels are based in the US where she spent several years. Some of Maree’s short stories have appeared in national magazines.
Damyanti Biswas is based out of Singapore. Her short fiction has been commended at the Bath Flash Fiction Award and her novel-in-progress long-listed for the Mslexia Novel Competition. Her stories appear at Bluestem, Griffith Review and Lunch Ticket, among others. Her work is anthologized by Twelve Winters Press, USA and major publishers in Malaysia and Singapore.
A N Block is a relatively new fiction writer who has had a story accepted by Blue Bonnet Review and has one being published in The Binnacle which won Honorable Mention in its Twelfth Annual International Ultra-Short Competition. He has an MA in History and is a Master of Wine who teaches at Boston University.
Michael Botur is the author of three short story collections, Hot Bible!, Mean and Spitshine, none of which he has bothered promoting very much. Botur is a trained journalist and has published news stories in NZ Herald, Herald on Sunday, Sunday Star-Times and Mana.
Sophie Boudet is a writer, photogapher, journalist, traveler and all-around creative citizen of the world, originally from Bordeaux and living part-time in Reunion Island. Her photographs show the world as she feels it. Deep black and white, colours that call you, your eyes; images that touch the mind. Her work appears in June 2016’s issue: moments are stolen because they happen one time. The time she was there.
Megan Bowers-Vette is an art lover from way back who found she had no talent in painting or drawing but excelled in science – but who finally discovered her talent in photography. Taking inspiration from both the natural world and also the world of fashion, she works with both nature and people. “Photography is my adventure, my escape, my voice.” More at her website.
April Bradley is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and lives outside New Haven. Her work has appeared in Boston Literary Magazine, Hermeneutic Chaos, Narratively and Thrice Fiction, among others. Her fiction has been nominated for the 2015 Best of the Net Anthology and for the 2017 Pushcart Prize. She is the Associate Editor for Bartleby Snopes Literary Magazine. Find her at aprilbradley.net
Karen Peterson Butterworth has published seven books. Her poetry and prose has appeared in journals and anthologies in seven countries. She won the 2001 BNZ/Katherine Mansfield Essay Prize with an essay about Otaki, where she lives with her husband Brian. Themes for her writing often come to her while gazing at sunlit leaves stirred by sea breezes.
Neil Campbell is from Manchester, England. He has two collections of short stories, Broken Doll and Pictures from Hopper, published by Salt, and two poetry chapbooks, Birds and Bugsworth Diary, published by Knives, Forks and Spoons. His next chapbook of short fiction, Ekphrasis, is forthcoming from Knives, Forks and Spoons.
Jonathan Cardew is a writer and editor based in Milwaukee. His very short stories appear or are forthcoming in Atticus Review, Blink Ink, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Jellyfish Review, KYSO Flash, Micro Fiction Monday and Spelk, among others. He teaches writing at Milwaukee Area Technical College, where he co-edits The Phoenix. He is from a city in the north of England, known for its knives. https://jonathancardew.wordpress.com/
Bob Carlton lives and works in Garland, Texas.
Lorraine Carmody lives on a 4-hectare lifestyle block at the northern end of Canterbury’s Greendale fault line with her husband, three teenage daughters and six horses. She’s a former Press communities journalist and is in the second year of the Hagley Writers’ Institute course.
Gretchen Carroll lives in Auckland with her husband and son. She works as a freelance writer, mainly writing articles for magazines. View some examples here. She also illustrated the children’s book The Magic Giraffe and Other Breakfast Stories, published October 2011 and available in Auckland libraries.
Mary Carroll-Hackett’s work has appeared in numerous journals including Clackamas Literary Review, Pedestal Magazine, Superstition Review, Drunken Boat, The Prose-Poem Project and others. Her book, The Real Politics of Lipstick, won the 2010 Slipstream competition; another chapbook, Animal Soul, is forthcoming from Kattywompus Press. She edits The Dos Passos Review and The Liam Rector First Book Prize for Poetry. Most recently, she co-founded SPACES, an innovative online magazine of art and literature.
Sally Carroll is a short story writer based in Christchurch. She has been a member of SIWA for four years. She views writing as a great outlet and a wonderful opportunity to make creative friends. Her other interests are economics and golf.
Pete Carter is a Wellington writer and photographer, who, like so many others, is attempting a reinvention in what he hates calling middle age. He has completed a first draft of a novel, enjoys writing poetry and has a memoir project bubbling. You can find him online at www.petecarter.nz
Tina Cartwright is a New Zealand writer who lives in Melbourne. Her children’s picture book, Kiwi and Scorpion, was published with Penguin NZ in 2008. In 2014 she edited and translated Taking Latin America Home – an anthology of writing influenced by Latin America, which raised funds for the Sweet Water Fund based in Nicaragua. She blogs occasionally here and you can find her on Facebook, too.
S R Charters grew up in West Auckland. He has won The Macmillan Brown Prize for Writers and been highly commended in the annual CBA short story competition. He is published in Readers Digest, the HarperCollins anthology Creative Juices and The Rangitawa Collection 2014. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize and is nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Suzanne Claessen is a writer, illustrator and beekeeper. She studied Literature and Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam, and completed a Master’s in Creative Non-Fiction Writing at the University of Otago. Her work is often inspired by the natural environment and combines imaginative and bizarre twists. Two rather opposite sides of her personality are reflected in her work, from dreamy to dark, as well as the spaces in between.
James Claffey hails from County Westmeath, Ireland, and lives on an avocado ranch in Carpinteria, CA. He is fiction editor at Literary Orphans and the author of the short fiction collection, Blood a Cold Blue. His work appears in the W.W. Norton Anthology, Flash Fiction International, and in Queen’s Ferry Press’s anthology, Best Small Fictions 2015. More here.
Cathy Clarke lives in Wellington, where she works as a medical laboratory scientist. She is researching and writing a novel, set during the 1890s in Australia and New Zealand, where two daredevil sisters risk their lives for fame and fortune in a rather precarious profession.
Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith are independent documentary filmmakers based in London and New York. Their past projects range from the educational to the experimental. They have produced a diverse body of work that includes art department for feature films and award-winning short documentaries. They have previously collaborated with The House of Fairytales, Film London, October Films, Ideas Tap and many schools and museums. They find inspiration from bike rides, being by water, making things and meeting people. More here.
Chris Cole lives in Wellington. He’s a stay-at-home-dad who tries to find time during the day to write. In between nappies, stories, games, and baking bread, he’s writing a novel. Chris Cole’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Austin Conner grew up in the East Bay Area of California. He writes for an informal flash fiction contest where he learned how to write short fiction. He currently attends UC Merced studying Biology.
Carolyn Cossey is in her second year of a creative writing degree at Manukau Institute of Technology and pays her bills by writing digital content about travel in New Zealand. She spent twenty years prior to that as a flight attendant. She now enjoys life on the ground in rural South Auckland.
Mark Crimmins’s fiction was nominated for a 2015 Pushcart Prize, a 2015 Best of the Net Award, and a 2015 Silver Pen Association Write Well Award. His flash fictions have been published in theNewerYork, White Rabbit, Columbia online, Tampa Review, Eunoia Review, Portland Review, Pif, Gravel, Eastlit, Restless, Prick of the Spindle, and Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine.
Nikki Crutchley lives in Cambridge with her husband and two girls. She works as a freelance proofreader and copy editor. She is currently writing her first novel after having completed a diploma in creative writing with the NZIBS. While writing flash fiction is relatively new to Nikki, it is fast becoming a favourite pastime.
Jacqueline Doyle‘s flash fiction has appeared in PANK, Bluestem, Monkeybicycle, Vestal Review, Literary Orphans, Sweet and elsewhere. She has a flash sequence on Ariadne in The Cossack Review, and another on Freud’s Dora forthcoming in Nothing to Declare: A Guide to the Flash Sequence (White Pine Press, 2016). She lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Megan Doyle Corcoran lives in Wellington where she writes and rides a bicycle. A 2012 student in the MA programme at the International Institute of Modern Letters, she writes short stories that are usually much longer than 250 words. Her work has appeared in online and print journals in the US. She’s originally from California and appreciates that her presence in New Zealand is so graciously tolerated.
Bruce Costello lives in the seaside village of Hampden, North Otago. After studying foreign languages and literature in the late sixties, he spent a few years selling used cars. Then he worked as a radio creative writer for fourteen years, before training in psychoanalytically-oriented psychotherapy and spending 24 years in private practice. In 2010, he semi-retired and took up writing. His stories have been published by mainstream magazines and literary journals in seven countries.
Sarah Cotter lives in Whenuapai with two children, heavy air traffic and a menagerie of animals. She has been writing poetry for a long time. She read at Rhythm & Verse in 2011 and will do so again in May 2012. She is embarking on a bachelor of bilingual primary teaching this year.
Chella Courington is the author of three prose poetry/flash fiction chapbooks: Love Letter to Biology 250 (forthcoming from Porkbelly Press), Talking Did Not Come Easily to Diana and Girls and Women. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals including SmokeLong, Nano Fiction, The Collagist and The Los Angeles Review.
Matt Cowens is a Kapiti-based teacher, author and dad. With his wife, Debbie Cowens, he wrote Mansfield with Monsters (Steam Press, 2012). He has also made card games, written short stories and, while living in Japan, learned to tie a good-looking tie knot.
Celia Coyne has been a writer and editor of non-fiction for over twenty years, with two non-fiction books published. She graduated from the Hagley Writers’ Institute with honours in both the first and second year of the course. Her stories have appeared in Takahē, Penduline Press and Fusion, an anthology of speculative fiction, and two of her stories were highly commended in the 2014 NFFD competition. Celia lives in beautiful Christchurch. More photos can be found on her website www.mybeautifulsky.com.
Dan Crawley is from Southern California. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, including North American Review, apt, Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly: The Best of the First Ten Years, matchbook and Gravel. He is a recipient of an Arizona Commission on the Arts fellowship and has taught creative writing at various universities in Arizona.
Sean Crawley lives wherever the tides of time, economics and love take him upon the continent of Australia. At present that sees him sitting at an op-shop desk on a hinterland range banging out words to help him make sense of all the craziness.
Caroline Crick lives by the Maitai River in Nelson. She works as a freelance writer and photographer for magazine and commercial clients, and writes creatively in her spare time. Recently she has been short-listed in the 2013 Page and Blackmore short story competition and the North and South magazine Places in the Heart short story competition.
Mark Crimmons‘ fiction has been published in Happy, Confrontation and theNewer York. He received his PhD in 20th Century Literature from the University of Toronto in 1999 and taught 20th Century Literature at the University of Toronto from 1999 to 2013. He moved to Hong Kong in 2013 to concentrate on publishing his fiction.
Mike Crowl, writer, pianist, composer and occasional actor, has just entered his eighth decade. In 2014 he published two children’s stories and a non-fiction title as e-books. He’s currently working on a third children’s story. He blogs regularly, writes book reviews and is possibly involved in too much social media. His musical Grimhilda! was presented in Dunedin in 2012 and is available on Kindle or Smashwords. The Mumbersons and the Blood Secret – the ‘sort of sequel’ to Grimhilda! – is available on Kindle and Smashwords. His non-fiction e-book, Diary of a Prostate Wimp, is available on Kindle and Smashwords.
Joan Curry has e-published three books – two on writing and one a selection of short stories. She has been a book reviewer for 37 years, writes notes for a nation-wide book discussion scheme, has had articles and features published in newspapers and magazines and has researched and written three books of family history. Her blog is at joancurry.blogspot.com.
Makyla Curtis is an Auckland-based poet and artist. She is one of the editors of Potroast literary ‘zine. Makyla works primarily on collaboration works such as Abstract Compositions and was one of the creators of the Metonymy Project in 2008.
Felicity Cutten was born in Australia but has lived in Canterbury for over thirty years. She is currently an olive farmer but her experiences as a research scientist, teacher and geological field assistant in Western Australia provide ample material for fiction writing and creative art. She is also a published science illustrator and a member of the South Island Writers Association.
Daphne Clair de Jong, author of almost 80 romantic and historical novels published worldwide, is a past winner of the Katherine Mansfield BNZ Short Story Award and other awards, has had numerous short stories and articles published in magazines and anthologies, and some poetry in literary magazines. She also tutors writing in nearly all genres and runs the world-famous-in-New Zealand Kara School of Writing and Karaveer Writers’ Retreat at her home in rural Northland. Find out more here.
Judy Darley is a British fiction writer, poet and journalist. Her writing has been published by literary magazines and anthologies including The Literary Bohemian, Streetcake, Germ Magazine, Litro, Riptide Journal and The View From Here. Judy’s work has been performed on BBC radio, across the UK and in Hong Kong. She blogs at www.skylightrain.com and tweets @judydarley.
Doug Dautel is a husband, a daddy and a nascent but aspiring polymath who lives in Auckland. Sometimes he puts pen to paper and tries to put words together. Sometimes they make sense
Pat Deavoll is a late-in-life student of Information Design at CPIT. She is also in her second year of study with the Hagley Writers’ Institute. In 2011 she published an autobiography of her mountaineering career, Wind from a Distant Summit, and is currently working on a novel, but a recent discovery of poetry and now short fiction keeps distracting her.
Francis Denis is a semi-professional French painter. One reviewer states emphatically: “Francis’ abstract figurative paintings evolve around the single theme of emotion. Everything in these mysterious works is centered around the humble and sad angst that the figures portray… Set on a single tone backdrop, an immediate mood is set by the colour of these bold platforms. The expressive brushwork uses contrasting tones and the white outline of his subjects creates an almost collage-like aesthetic.”
Matthew Dexter’s fiction has been published in hundreds of literary journals and dozens of anthologies. He writes abhorrent freelance pieces for exorbitant amounts of pesos to pay the bills while drinking cervezas in paradise with tourists. He is author of the novel The Ritalin Orgy (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing, 2013), and his second novel, third novel, debut memoir, and debut collection are forthcoming.
Melanie Dixon is an emerging writer based in Christchurch, New Zealand. She is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute and has had work published in Takahē Magazine, The Quick Brown Dog, Penduline Press and Flash Frontier. Melanie is a tutor at the School for Young Writers and is currently working on her second novel for children.
William Doreski lives in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and teaches at Keene State College. His most recent books of poetry are City of Palms and June Snow Dance, both 2012. His essays, poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in many journals, including Massachusetts Review, Atlanta Review, New England Quarterly, Worcester Review, Harvard Review, Modern Philology, Antioch Review, and Natural Bridge.
Allan Drewis currently completing his PhD in creative writing at Victoria University of Wellington. Allan’s short stories and poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines, and his work has won or been shortlisted in several international and national writing competitions. You can find him online at www.allan-drew.com.
Sarah Dunn is a journalist who lives in Nelson. She graduated from Victoria University with a B.A. Hons in English Literature and Religious Studies. Aged 25, she has spent May and June this year in Korea on an Asia New Zealand Foundation internship. Sarah is the First Place winner of the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Annette Edwards-Hill lives in Wellington. She completed the Poetry Creative Writing workshop at Victoria University in 1997 and a Masters in Art History at Auckland University in 2000. A strange series of events led her to a career as a business analyst but she has a preference for writing fiction over project documentation.
Pia Z. Ehrhardt is an American writer whose story collection Famous Fathers was published by MacAdam/Cage in 2007. Ehrhardt has also been published in Narrative Magazine, McSweeney’s and The Mississippi Review. She acted as Guest Editor for Guernica Magazine in September, 2009.
Joyce Ellwood-Smith had her life turned upside down by the Christchurch earthquake. Temporarily based in Wellington, she is occasionally house-sitting in Picton along with her golden retriever. The good thing is that she now has time to write, with blogs published on Happyzine.co.nz and a children’s historical novel in the works. She was also recently commended in the Poems in the Waiting Room competition.
Tracy Farr has been a scientist, a dramaturg and a researcher; she has worked in a health food store and in libraries, made short films and played (briefly, long ago) in a band. She grew up in Perth, Western Australia, but since 1996 has lived in Wellington. Her short fiction has been published in anthologies, literary journals and popular magazines, broadcast on radio, and been commended and short-listed for awards in Australia and New Zealand. Her debut novel, The Life and Loves of Lena Gaunt, is published by Fremantle Press (September 2013). More here. Tracy Farr’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Elizabeth Farris is a 2015 Master of Arts in Creative Writing graduate from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her short stories are published in Australian and American anthologies. Her stage plays have been performed in the US. She was short-listed for the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing in 2009 and was runner-up in the Rodney Writes Competition in 2008.
Sandy Feinstein has taught medieval to modern literature in Syria and fantasy in Pennsylvania. Her latest fiction (hybrid?) will appear in NonBinary Review.
Rachel J Fentonwas born in Yorkshire and currently lives in Auckland. She won the University of Plymouth’s Short Fiction Competition in 2013 and has been short-listed for various prizes, including the Fish International Poetry Prize and the Royal Society of NZ Manhire Prize. She also won Flash Frontier‘s 2013 Winter Award for excellence in writing. AKA Rae Joyce, she publishes graphic poetry including ‘Escape Behaviours‘ and the 2012 AUT Creative Writing Prize winning ‘Alchemy Hour’. A finalist in the 2014 Dundee International Book Prize, she was also selected for the NZ Book Council’s 2015 Graphic Novelists Exchange Residency in Taiwan in association with PANZ and the Taipei International Book Exhibition. Rachel also was Flash Frontier‘s 2014 Features Editor. She blogs here.
Cecilia Fitzgerald lives in Christchurch. She is still awaiting earthquake repairs and remembers vividly striding through the Ashburton Domain, not knowing if she would ever be able to live in her home again, if her family would survive, if she could get bread or petrol, while a voice boomed in her head, “Alright, alright, alright, I will be a writer.”
Jan FitzGerald has been published in mainstream NZ literary journals since the 1970s and in Poetry Australia, The London Magazine, Acumen (UK), Orbis (UK), and others. Her latest poetry book is entitled On a day like this (Steele Roberts, NZ). Jan works in Napier as a full-time artist. For more see her website, Painting Poets.
Jennifer Fliss is a New York raised, Wisconsin schooled, Seattle based writer. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Citron Review, Bird’s Thumb, Brain Child Magazine, Prime Number, People Holding and elsewhere. Recently, she was a finalist in Glimmer Train’s Very Short Fiction Contest. More can be found on her website, www.jenniferflisscreative.com
Allen Forrestwas was born in Canada and bred in the US. He has created cover art and illustrations for literary publications and books. He is the winner of the Leslie Jacoby Honor for Art at San Jose State University’s Reed Magazine and his Bel Red painting series is part of the Bellevue College Foundation’s permanent art collection. Forrest’s expressive drawing and painting style is a mix of avant-garde Expressionism and post-Impressionist elements reminiscent of van Gogh, creating emotion on canvas. Art website (paintings for sale) here. Twitter and Portfolio.
Carlos Franco-Ruiz (°1987, Managua, Nicaragua). In 1988, his parents immigrated to Miami, Florida. Carlos was raised in Miami, completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Miami in 2011. In 2013, he moved to Uruguay where he recently had a solo exhibition “Fractured Moments” at Roggia Galerie. He currently lives and works in Sauce, Uruguay.
Janis Freegard’s work has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Anomalous Press, Home: New Short Short Stories by New Zealand Writers, 100 New Zealand Short Short Stories 4, Landfall, NZ Listener and others. A past winner of the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award for fiction, she is also author of the poetry collections The Continuing Adventures of Alice Spider (Anomalous Press, US, 2013) and Kingdom Animalia: the Escapades of Linnaeus (Auckland University Press, 2011). Janis was born in the UK and grew up in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. She lives in Wellington and blogs here. Janis Freegard was runner-up in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Stephanie Freele is the author of two short story collections, Feeding Strays, with Lost Horse Press, and Surrounded by Water, with Press 53, which includes the winning story of the Glimmer Train Fiction Award. Stefanie’s published and forthcoming work can be found in Witness, Mid-American Review, Wigleaf, Western Humanities Review, Sou’wester, Chattahoochee Review, The Florida Review, Quarterly West and American Literary Review. More at www.stefaniefreele.com.
Timothy Gager is the author of eleven books of short fiction and poetry. His latest,The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan (Big Table Publishing), is his first novel. He hosts the successful Dire Literary Series. in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over thirteen years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival. His work appears in over 300 journals, of which nine have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio. More here.
Stephen Garside is a Wellington writer who has written full-time, in and around three children and a shift-working wife, for two years but trained to become a primary school teacher in 2012 so is now wondering how much sleep he can go without in order to maximize writing hours.
Nod Ghosh lives in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has recently completed year two at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch. Nod’s work has been accepted in Catalyst, Penduline, The GayUK, Christchurch Press, Takahē and Express, and she was the recipient of the Flash Frontier 2014 Winter Writing Award. Nod works as a medical laboratory scientist. Nod is writing a second novel, but keeps getting distracted by the desire to write short stories.
Celine Gibson shares her home in Christchurch with a bagpiper and a cat. She is the secretary of SIWA (South Island Writers’ Association) and is a recent graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When not engaged on her own writing projects, Celine co-hosts and produces a local radio programme called ‘Writers’ Block’ – a show for writers, about writers.
Anahera Gildea, Ngati Raukawa-ki-te-tonga, lives in Wellington with her husband and child. She has been published in multiple anthologies and online. She is currently studying with IIML at Victoria University in Wellington.
Howie Good’s latest book of poetry is The Complete Absence of Twilight (2014) from MadHat Press. He co-edits White Knuckle Press with Dale Wisely, who does most of the real work.
Steven Gowin, a native of Darkest Iowania, but California dual citizen, produces Corporate Video in San Francisco.
Anna Granger used to play with an old typewriter in the toybox and has been clicking away at keys ever since. She has worked as a journalist, editor and photographer. Her short stories have won awards, been published in magazines and collections, and broadcast on radio. Originally from Auckland, Anna now lives in the Ruapehu District, where she appreciates the fresh air, rivers, trees and birdlife.
Linda Grierson-Irish lives and works in Manchester, UK, and is fairly new to the all-consuming lure of writing short and micro fiction. She was recently long-listed for the UK National Flash Fiction Day competition. She is about to start a 6-month p/t writing course. Linda also draws and paints when time allows and has exhibited around the Greater Manchester area.
Robin Grotke is an artist and photographer living on the southern coast of North Carolina. Her inspiration is drawn from nature, people and cultures, emotions and humor, new life and decay, present moments and distant memories. Grotke’s work focuses on the sensation of ‘being there’, of taking the viewer to the location of the photograph and to feel like she did when the image was taken. Her photographs can be found here.
Tina Grubba, a ceramic artist, lives in Port Chalmers overlooking the beautiful Otago harbour. A member of the Back Beach writers Group she has just completed eleven terracotta tiles inscribed with site specific poems to be placed around the harbour pathway. Her poems are inspired by her natural environment and the people and places she loves. This is her first attempt at flash fiction.
Bob Halford worked for many years in hardware and software development in the UK and New Zealand. After living in Wellington for a decade, Bob and family relocated to Black Rock on the Melbourne coast to pursue creative work in clay. They eventually returned to Wellington, where Bob revived a longstanding interest in writing fiction.
Adrian Hall was born in Hull in 1969. After studying Philosophy at Lancaster, he went into teaching and has been teaching in the north west of England for over 20 years. In what little spare time he has, he writes short stories and flash fiction. He lives in Lancashire with his wife, three children and some chickens.
Lee Hamblin writes short fiction. He has had stories published in F(r)iction online, Flash Fiction Magazine, Platform For Prose, Sick Lit Magazine, STORGY and elsewhere. Originally from London, he now lives in Greece. He blogs here.
Trisha Hanifin has a Masters of Creative Writing (first class honours) from Auckland University of Technology. She writes flash fiction and short stories and is currently working on the final draft of a speculative fiction novel, The Ghost Travellers. In 2014 Trisha was the Auckland regional winner and gained 2nd place in the NFFD competition with her story, ‘With our eyes closed we begin to dance’. That year she also won the Ingenio (Auckland University Alumni Magazine) short story competition with her story, ‘Me and Bobby Magee’. Trisha’s flash fiction has been published in Turbine and is soon to be published in the 2016 Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology.
Michael Harlow has published ten books of poetry. The Associate and Poetry Editor at Landfall for some ten years, he has also been the Katherine Mansfield Fellow to Menton, France; the 2004 Randell Cottage Writer in Residence; the University of Otago Wallace Writer in Residence for 2011/2012; the Burns Fellow for 2009; and the inaugural Caselberg Artist in Residence (Dunedin). His work has been translated into Greek, French, Spanish and German. Recent books include The Company of Map Makers (2014), Selected Poems (2014) and a volume of love poems, Heart Absolutely I Can (Makaro Press, 2015). In 2014 was awarded the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to New Zealand Poetry, and in 2015 he won the Kathleen Grattan Poetry Award. Harlow lives and works as a writer, editor and Jungian therapist in Central Otago, Alexandra, New Zealand.
Siobhan Harvey is the author of Cloudboy (2014) and co-editor of Essential New Zealand Poems (2014). She is a Lecturer at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology. Her poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in Best New Zealand Poems, Evergreen Review, Meanjin, Meniscus, Stand, Landfall, Pilgrimage and Segue. She is the winner of the 2013 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize; readers can also find her work on her ‘Poet’s Page’ at the UK’s Poetry Archive.
Tim Heath writes poetry, enjoys some success in the oddity known as Poetry Slams and writes whenever he can grab time from grandchildren, travelling, sailing, growing vegetables and hanging out more washing than he cares to mention.
Bernard Heise lives in Northland and contributed the photograph Twin Doorways, taken in Mazatlán, Mexico, to the August 2012 issue.
Jana Heise occasionally snaps photos or sits down with pen and paper and splatters the page with words that, together, sometimes make a story.
Kyle Hemmings lives and works in New Jersey. He has been published in Your Impossible Voice, Night Train, Toad, Matchbox and elsewhere. His latest chapbooks are Underground Chrysanthemums from Red Bird Press and Terminal from White Knuckle Press. He loves 50s Sci-Fi movies, manga comics and pre-punk garage bands of the 60s. He blogs here.
Kevlin Henney writes shorts and flashes and drabbles of fiction. His work has appeared online and on tree, in Litro, New Scientist, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Word Gumbo and others. His flash fiction has also appeared in the Jawbreakers and Kissing Frankenstein & Other Stories anthologies. He can be found on Twitter, at his blog and, occasionally, at home in Bristol, UK.
Harley Hern lives in Puhoi with horses, a giant dog, cats and children. They are all exuberant and shed buckets of fluff and hair. She paints terrible impressionistic landscapes and creates various artworks, including ghoulish Halloween decorations for the local pub. She has had short stories published in two anthologies so far and recently completed her MCW at Auckland University.
Tania Hershman’s second collection of 56 short fictions, My Mother Was An Upright Piano, is published by Tangent Books. Her short stories and poetry have been published in print and online and broadcast on BBC Radio. She is writer-in-residence in Bristol University’s Science Faculty and editor of The Short Review, the online journal spotlighting short story collections and their authors. Tania guest edited, with Kathy Fish, the September 2015 science issue. More here.
Jude Higgins runs Bath Flash Fiction Award and co-runs Bath Short Story Award and Writing Events Bath. In the last couple of years, she’s fallen in love with flash fiction and been successful in a few flash fiction contests. Her pieces have also been published on Visual Verse and in Landmarks for the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day 2015 and in the Fish Prize 2014 Winner’s anthology. @judehwriter Blog: judehiggins.com
Pamela Hill attended private college in Northeast Florida where she graduated summa cum laude. She currently lives in Florida where two statuesque beauties in the form of highly intelligent felines illuminate humor with sudden ninja attacks on her computer mouse while she works on her first novel. Pamela’s poetry and prose can be found in or is forthcoming in Ping Pong, Thrush Poetry Journal, Copperfield Review, Apeiron Review, Write Place at the Write Time, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Apocrypha and Abstractions and other journals.
Tessa Hitchcox is a student in Timaru and will be starting an English degree in 2014 at Otago University.
Marcus Hobson is a writer and reviewer who left behind a career in business and finance and a degree in Ancient and Mediaeval History and is now looking for a publisher for his first novel, The Artist’s Model, a tale of art, love and ultimately revenge set in the South of France. He lives in Tauranga with his fiancée and their many daughters.
Phyll Holroyd is excited to have rediscovered the creative challenge and satisfaction of writing a short story. She loves letting quick-fire ideas flow and then applying the rules of writing to turn these ideas into acceptable stories. She also enjoys photography and her art appears in the May 2012 issue.
Sally Houtman is a Wellington writer. She began writing fiction and poetry in 2007 and threatens not to stop. Sally Houtman’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Sally also won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 second quarter award for writing.
Caoilinn Hughes is an Irish writer living in New Zealand, completing a PhD at Victoria University. Her poetry and fiction have been published widely in magazines and journals in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand in places such as PN Review, Poetry Ireland, The Irish Times, NZ Books, NZ Listener and Landfall. Her first collection of poetry, Gathering Evidence, which won the 2012 Patrick Kavanagh Award, will be published by Carcanet Press (UK) in May 2014.
Graham Hughes, aka BlindPoet aka KiwiVagabond, is a teacher, dreamer and dissident. He is a lover of discards, passed-over technology, of old cameras, and lenses that don’t leave you needing a mortgage. He can be found reading old books on photography or kneeling among the dandelions on his back lawn, camera in hand. He collects old photographic paper and chemicals and is captured by the beauty of historic photography. His photo was selected for the 2014 header of Flash Frontier.
Miles Hughes was an Auckland writer with a Master of Creative Writing from AUT and a travel narrative and six novels on Amazon.com/Kindle, as well as a self-published the non-fiction book 150 Years of New Zealand Shipyards 1795-1945. He was short-listed in the Graeme Lay Short Story Contest 2009 and highly commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Miles was also co-producer of the award-winning spoken word Auckland event Spit.it.out. The Miles Hughes Achievement Award was established by the NZ Society of Authors Auckland branch in 2014 to celebrate innovation, involvement and perseverance — three qualities Miles epitomized in his writing and publishing life.
Claire Ibarra‘s works of flash fiction have appeared in many fine journals, such as Blink-Ink, Boston Literary Magazine, Thumbnail Magazine,and Pure Slush. Claire uses photography as a means of storytelling, as well. She is currently in the MFA creative writing program at Florida International University.
Daniel Ingledew is a 27-year-old Wellington native. New to writing, he reads a lot and is a keen amateur photographer, having recently branched out into paid photography work and begun a diploma in photography this year.
Gail Ingram’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Takahē, Poetry New Zealand, Flash Frontier and others. She was selected as a finalist for 2016 Best Small Fictions, and placed in the 2015 NZPS international poetry competition. She is currently studying for a Masters of Creative Writing at Massey University.
Abha Iyengar is a widely published poet and author who doesn’t let the term ‘genre’ faze her. She lives in New Delhi, India and loves travelling on foot and via her mind. Her flash fiction collection Flash Bites is available as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords. More at her website and her blog.
Stephen Jacobson is a painter originally from Manchester but now living in Portishead, finding inspiration most recently along the rural coast. His work can be found here.
Teoti Jardine is of Maori, Irish and Scottish decent. His tribal affiliations are Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu. He attended the Hagley Writers School in 2011. His poetry and short stories have been published in the Christchurch Press, London Grip, Te Karaka, Ora Nui, Catalyst, and JAAM. He recently reviewed Chappy by Patricia Grace and Breaking Connections by Albert Wendt for Te Karaka and Udon, and The Remarkables by Harvey Molloy for London Grip. He and his dog Amie live in a beautiful old house in the Linwood suburb of Christchurch, New Zealand.
Ingrid JendrzejewskiIngrid Jendrzejewski studied creative writing at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. She has soft spots for Go, cryptic crosswords and the python programming language. Once in a while, she tweets at @LunchOnTuesday or adds a little something to www.ingridj.com.
Jac Jenkins recently returned from a six-month writing “holiday” in Australia’s Northern Territory, where she experimented with different poetry styles and spent weekends exploring the incredible Northern Territory environment with her partner. She has had several writing successes in NZ such as winning the 2013 Takahē Poetry Competition and Northland Short Story of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Kathryn Jenkins unexpectedly started writing flash fiction as a result of a workshop exercise and has written at least one a month since. She’s still surprised at what turns up on the page and wonders where the ideas come from. Hopefully they will never dry up.
Denise Jensen is an avid reader of a variety of genres and a beginning writer. She loves the challenge of attempting to tell a good story in as few words as possible. This is Denise’s first published piece of writing.
Elysia Rose Jenson is a writer, artist and creative arts journalist who has spent the past two years immersing herself in the creative underbelly of Europe, including the East London street art scene and Berlin fashion. She is also a first year creative writing student at Hagley Community College and was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Ashley Jones, originally from the UK but now living in Gloucester Massachusetts, is a self-taught artist and writer whose poetry has been published in Bottle Rockets, Presence, Skald, and Nightingale magazines. He has also self-published three chapbook collections of free verse and rhyming poetry.
Gay Johnson lives on the North Shore of Auckland with her young son and her dog. She has lived much of my life in Ireland and also several years in Japan. She belongs to the International Writers’ Workshop and has published articles in the Irish Independent, NEXT and Woman’s Weekly, as well as stories in The Best New Zealand Fiction #6 and Home.
D R Jones lives and works near Puhoi, overlooking the Mahurangi Harbour. This pastoral setting seems conducive to his writing novels, short stories and flash fiction. At present, the second instalment of his genre-defying Anonymous_Author© series is well underway.
Dione Jones was born in England but has lived for many years on a small farm in South Auckland. Her interests are varied – including her family of course, and from polo, dogs and the business world to the environment and historical changes in society. Writing is a long-held passion. She completed a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology and hopes to publish her first novel next year.
Tim Jones writes novels, short stories and poetry. He was awarded the New Zealand Society of Authors Janet Frame Memorial Award for Literature in 2010. His latest book is The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry (IP, 2014), co-edited with P. S. Cottier. More here. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook too. Tim is the Guest Editor of Flash Frontier for the 2015 April issue, themed iron.
Rob Jones completed an MA in Producing Film in 2010 and has been writing since late 2013. Rob left his job in a large book distribution warehouse in England to travel and work in New Zealand, whilst continuing to write. Now in Wellington, he uses his writing to create other forms of artwork, in style that fits the poem/piece.
Brindi Joy is a travel writer for the backpacker industry who moonlights as a fiction writer, the short story being her favourite form. She has had her travel writing published in multiple issues of Wilderness, Australia & New Zealand Magazine and Hostelling HorizoNZ, and she was editor of the latter. Her fiction has appeared in Takahē. She was the Canterbury Regional Prize winner of the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day Competition, and lives in Christchurch.
Becca Joyce’s work has been published in Turbine, Headland, Poetry NZ and This is… Lost Love, and in a Summer Fiction series in the Dominion Post. She completed an MA in Creative Writing at the IIML in 2014 and is currently trying to write a novel. She lives in Titahi Bay.
Reynold Junker’s writing credits include, among others, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. He has published work in the magazines America, U.S. Catholic, Crannog, Italian-Americana, Feile-Festa, West Marin Review and VIA-Voices In Italian Americana. His story “Dancing with the Jesuits” was awarded first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Best Short Story category 2008.
Rosalie Kempthorne lives and writes in Dunedin. She writes mostly fantasy fiction, but sometimes takes a detour into sci-fi, mainstream or literary fiction, and occasionally into poetry. Some of her stories have previously been published by 365 Tomorrows and Every Day Fiction. For more stories, check out her website www.rosaliekempthorne.name.
Lee Kimber started out in science, which somehow led to a career in education – but not to writing, (she’s always done that). Currently she works as an adult educator and also facilitates two of a number of writing groups she belongs to. Her claim to authorship ‘fame’ at this point is her children’s book, Bug in the Dark, and a straggle of pieces that have reached the public arena.
Sue Kingham now lives in Christchurch but her short stories and flash fictions are often inspired by her north of England roots or her travels. She was placed third in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition and has had several flash fictions published in Flash Frontier. Sue is a graduate of the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When not thinking up stories, she enjoys the visual arts, literature and getting out into New Zealand’s stunning countryside.
Jonathan Kingston-Smith lives in Wellington. He is an outsider/lowbrow craft-artist and occasional writer. He holds a BSc in Psychology and Philosophy. His primary field of interest is genre fiction, specifically horror, urban fantasy and dark fairytales. He is currently co-writing a play.
Clare Kirwan is from Wirral, England. Her stories have been published in The Binnacle, Dark Tales, Contrary, Flax, Short, Fast and Deadly and Little Fiction’s Listerature. By day she is a library assistant – like Batgirl. More at www.clarekirwan.co.uk.
Adam Kluger is a New York City born street artist & writer. A direct descendant of famed British sculptor Jacob Epstein and a past art student of renowned artist Ion Theodore, Kluger went to the same high school as Jack Kerouac, and spent some time studying artists throughout Europe before settling back in New York. Kluger draws his inspiration from diverse sources that include Jean Dubuffet, Marc Chagall, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Bob Ross, Eric Payson, and Pablo Picasso.
Jen Knox is the author of Don’t Tease the Elephants. She works as a creative writing professor and editor in San Antonio, Texas. Jen’s writing was chosen for Wigleaf’s Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions in 2012, and she was a recipient of the Global Short Story Award. Some of her work can be found in A cappella Zoo, ARDOR, Bound Off, Burrow Press Review, Gargoyle, Narrative, PANK and Prick of the Spindle. More here.
Lynne Kohen is a writing student living in Ruby Bay, Nelson. Her poetry awards include second and third placements in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s international poetry competition, and first equal in the Page and Blackmore annual poetry contest. Kohen is currently working on a poetry and story collection under the NZSA Mentor Programme.
George Korolog is an active member of the Stanford Writers Studio and has had his work published in numerous online and print magazines such as Rattle, Riverbabble, Poets / Artists, Red River Review, The Monarch Review, Stone Highway Review, Greensilk Journal, Contemporary Haibun, Willows Wept Review, The Recusant and The Right Eyed Deer.
Melanie Koster lives in Christchurch with her husband and two children. She works at a local primary school and teaches a pre-school music group. She is the author of children’s picture books, The Reluctant Little Flower Girl (Mallinson Rendel 2008) and Milly Maloo and the Miracle Glue (Scholastic NZ 2011).
Susan Koster is a Wellington writer. She has spent most of her life to date wanting to write but not feeling able to start until quite recently. Now she’s started she doesn’t intend to stop. She was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition and is working on her first novel.
Mixed race, complete romantic and in love with the power of the written word, Phoebe Kulasegram considers herself lucky enough to have done a bachelors in Creative Writing at Colorado College and is currently living in Auckland, New Zealand.
Len Kuntz is a writer from Washington state. His work appears widely in print and online. Len’s story collection debuts from Aqueous Books in 2014. You can find him at People You Know By Heart.
W F Lantry received his Maîtrise from L’Université de Nice and PhD in Creative Writing from University of Houston. His poetry collections are The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012) and The Language of Birds (Finishing Line 2011). Recent honours include: National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry and Potomac Review Prize. His work has appeared in Atlanta Review, Möbius and Aesthetica. He currently works in Washington, D.C. and is an associate fiction editor at JMWW.
Graeme Lay was born in Foxton, grew up in coastal Taranaki and is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington. He began writing in the late 1970s and since then has published or edited forty works of fiction and non-fiction. These include collections of short stories, novels for adults and young adults and books of travel writing. His latest works are the novels The Secret Life of James Cook (2013) and James Cook’s New World (2014), both of which became best-sellers in New Zealand. He is currently completing the final novel in the trilogy, James Cook’s Lost World.
Kirsten Le Harivel is currently completing an MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has been published in Penduline Press, Blackmail Press and the 4th Floor Literary Journal. She is a member of the Conversations Across Borders project. Kirsten Le Harivel’s story was Highly Commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Tara Lee lives in Seattle, Washington, in the rainy Pacific Northwest region of the United States. She’s spent the past few years honing her skills in informal flash fiction writing contests, and appreciates nothing so much as a blunt critique.
Young Lee writes under a thousand words at a time. She is published in 99 Pine Street, Brilliant Flash Fiction, Literary Orphans and the print of Korean Quarterly. She is currently working on her first novella and occasionally scribbles on her blog, youngleewrites.com.
Cathy Lennon is based in the northwest of England. She has only recently begun sharing her flash fiction and short stories with others. She has been published in print and online, including in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day anthology (UK) Scraps. She is on twitter: @clenpen.
Fiona Lincoln lives and works. She also writes.
Kay Luff has had success in the short forms, with poetry published in The Christchurch Press and Blackmail Press. In 2012 she won the Catalyst Flash Fiction Competition with ‘A Walk in the Rain’. As a second year student at Hagley Writers’ Institute, her major project is a young adult novel entitled Sound Reason.
Kate Mahony is a Wellington writer. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML at Victoria University. Her stories have been published in numerous literary magazines, including Takahē, Headland, The Island Review, Blue Fifth Review and Litro New York. In 2015, her short stories were shortlisted for the Fish International Short Story Competition, the Bridport Short Story Competition and the New Zealand national flash fiction day competition. A flash fiction story, On the Beach, was published in Landmarks, the 2015 UK national flash fiction day anthology.
Shreyasi Majumdar has degrees in the life sciences and has worked as a writer and editor since 2008. She enjoys reading and writing fiction–particularly short, impactful stories that pack a punch. Her work has also appeared in Kahini, Shortbread Stories, The Linnet’s Wings, Writing Short Fiction, Writer’s Ezine, Thirst, and Microfiction Monday Magazine.
Ruchira Mandal has sporadically published poetry, fiction and travelogues in The Statesman (an Indian newspaper), First Edition (a magazine briefly published from Wimbourne, Dorset) and a few independent charity anthologies. She has an MA and an M.Phil in English literature and is currently pursuing a PhD at Jadavpur University, India. She also teaches English literature in BA honours courses.
Born and raised in New York, Leslie Marcus is an ward-winning artist and art educator with a cutting edge, continually taking her artwork to greater heights with passion and sensitivity. Moving to California in 1974, Marcus immersed herself in the Fashion World of downtown LA, creating exclusive, original and exotic textile designs for apparel and home furnishings. Derivatives of these designs are now found in her Contemporary Fine Art Paintings of sensuous female figures. Her art has been reproduced for wine labels, limited edition giclees, and fine art greeting cards. You can view more of Marcus’ work here.
Lesley Marshall lives in Maungatapere and divides her time between teaching and editing, and answering needy phone calls from various children, both biological and surrogate. It makes for a very interesting life.
Jayne Martin’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Literary Magazine, Pure Slush, Midwestern Gothic, Blink Ink, Literary Orphans and Hippocampus Magazine. Her book of humor essays, Suitable for Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry, is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. She lives in a rural valley near Santa Barbara, California, and can be found on the web at injaynesworld.blogspot.com.
Kim Martins, originally from Sydney and has taken up writing after years of working in corporate Australia. On days when she isn’t walking her two English Pointers or riding her horses, she likes to take photos using black and white film. With degrees in History and Law, Kim hopes to write flash fiction and short stories that focus on the richness of Australian and New Zealand history.
Agnes Marton is a Hungarian-born poet and editor. Recent publications include Estuary: A Confluence of Art and Poetry (USA, winning the Saboteur Award) and her poetry collection, Captain Fly’s Bucket List. The exhibition ‘Guardian of the Edge’ showcased artworks inspired by her poetry. She has recently been selected to take part in an expedition to the Arctic Circle and write about her experience.
Erica Gerald Mason is an author, poet and blogger living in Georgia. Her book of poetry, i am a telescope: science love poems is available on Kindle and paperback on Amazon. Find her blog and poetry at www.ericageraldmason.com.
Michelle Matheson is an aspiring writer, as well as a mother and wife based in Auckland with husband, daughter and Monty the Cat (also known as ‘he who rules them all’). A graduate of the Creative Hub 30-week fiction course, she is currently working on her first novel. Her work has most recently been featured in Issue 4 of Headland Online Literary Journal.
Clare Matravers is currently care-giving for her mother which leaves Clare with plenty of time to write. She has recently self-published her first novel ‘Ripples in the Water’.
Rupprecht Mayer was born near Salzburg. After some twenty years living and working in Taiwan, Beijing and Shanghai, he recently resettled in Southeast Bavaria. He translates Chinese literature and writes short prose. English versions appeared in Blue Fifth Review, Connotation Press, Gravel, Postcard Shorts, Watershed Review, Whole Beast Rag and elsewhere. See chinablaetter.info/rupprechtmayer/.
Mary McCallum is an award-winning poet and fiction writer with one novel and a chapbook to her name, and a children’s book Dappled Annie and the Tigrish newly published by Gecko Press. She is also a recent convert to flash fiction which she sees as a terrific hybrid of poetry and fiction. Mary earns her living as a freelance writer and tutor, and has recently started up a niche publisher Makaro Press. Mary McCallum was placed third in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition and was judge, along with Frankie McMillan, of the 2014 NFFD competition.
Adrian McCauley lives in a hundred-year old cottage in Oamaru with his wife, two preschoolers (Caleb and Piper) and numerous pets, including a three-legged Burmese cat called Freyja that shares his birthday. He spends his days writing stories and poetry and enjoys reviewing science fiction and fantasy books on his blog. He is often accused of being an excellent cook.
Al McDermid writes speculative fiction, magic realism, and occasionally Brauniganesque poetry. He is the author of All That Is, a collection of poetry based on the Chinese classic, the Tao Te Ching, and is the co-author (with Aki Liao) of two throwback, hard-boiled mysteries set in post-WWII, pre-statehood Hawaii. His literary role models are Henry Miller, Richard Brautigan and Robert E. Howard (and if that combination makes sense to anyone, please explain it to him).
Himali McInnes works in South Auckland as a family doctor. She loves rainy days and all things green, and wishes she rode her Dutch bike more. One day she may write a book; meanwhile, she is writing flash fiction, short stories and scripts.
MiMi McLachlan attends St Andrews College and is in Year 9. She is 13 years old and loves writing and reading.
Timothy McGiven is from Otorohonga and a third-year Waikato University student, currently studying a bachelor of Science and majoring in Psychology.
Leah McMenamin is a student, knitter, story-lover, and writer. Having travelled to far-flung places over the past four years, she now lives in Wellington and finds constant inspiration in our dynamic capital city. You can generally find her at her blog, Orange Afternoon Lover.
Frankie McMillan is the author of The Bag Lady’s Picnic and other stories and two poetry collections: Dressing for the Cannibals and There are no horses in heaven; her work has also appeared in the 2008 and 2009 Best NZ Fiction anthologies as well as Flash Fiction International. Winner of the 2015 Ursula Bethell writing residency at Canterbury University, Frankie is a member of the National Flash Fiction Day Central Committee, (judge in 2014; winner 2013, 2015). Currently she is working on a book of small narrative forms.
Heather McQuillan lives in Christchurch and has published two novels and a short story for children with Scholastic NZ. She was awarded the Tom Fitzgibbon Award in 2005 and her two books have been selected for the Notable Books List by Storylines NZ. She is a tutor with the School for Young Writers. Her work was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. Most nights Heather goes to sleep hearing the waves on the shore and in the morning she wakes with more stories in her head. Sometimes she sleeps in a caravan by pine trees and wakes up with magpies quardling and the stories all ebbing away.
Catherine McNamara grew up in Sydney, ran away to Paris at twenty-one to write, and ended up in West Africa running a bar. Her collection Pelt and Other Stories was long-listed for the Frank O’Connor Award and semi-finalist for the Hudson Prize. Her work has been Pushcart-nominated and published widely in Europe and the UK. She lives in Italy.
Zoë Meager is from Christchurch, New Zealand, and holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Auckland. In 2013 she won the Commonwealth Writers Short Story Prize, Pacific Region, and her work has since been short-listed in a number of contests and appeared in various journals at home and abroad. There are links at zoemeager.com
Christy Menzies has had stories short-listed for the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, the Takahē Short Story Competition and the Joy Cowley Award. Her short stories are – generally – getting longer.
Vivienne Merrill lives on the Kapiti Coast where it is all too easy to beachwalk and dream her days away. Sometimes, when she’s lucky, some of these dreams become stories and poems. Writing as Vivienne Joseph, she has won several awards for her work, particularly for her children’s books. Vivienne also won Flash Frontier‘s 2012 fourth quarter award for writing.
Eileen Merriman‘s awards include second in the 2015 Bath Flash Fiction Award, third in the 2014 & 2015 NZ Sunday Star Times Short Story competitions, and winner of the 2015 Graeme Lay Short Story competition. Her work has previously or is forthcoming in the 2015 Bath Short Story anthology, the Sunday Star Times, Literary Orphans, Blue Five Notebook, Headland, Takahē, F(r)iction and Smokelong Quarterly.
Louise Miller lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. She has written short fiction for some time but is new to publishing. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. She blogs at Life in Hydra.
Simon Minto lives in Wellington and works as an editor. He has been writing for a few years and has had pieces published in various local journals. He gets a lot of help and support from many people, especially his partner Bryony and his friend Ashleigh.
Helen Moat spent her childhood squished between siblings in her Dad’s Morris Minor, travelling the length and breadth of Ireland. She’s still wandering… and writing about it. She has won, or been placed, in numerous travel writing competitions, and is currently writing the ‘Slow’ Peak District guidebook for Bradt Publishers. More recently, she has discovered the strange and wonderful world of flash fiction – and rather likes the fact that she can create her own micro journeys and encounters. She has been nominated for the Sundress Publications Best of the Net 2014. Helen writes at Double Espresso.
Sonya Moor’s first loves were Boy George and My Little Pony. When these childhood crushes came to nothing, she fell in love with art history, which she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She then moved to France, where she discovered a passion for English (absence makes the heart grow fonder).
Jenni Moore lives in the semi tropical far north of New Zealand, and as well as her day job, plays with paint. Over fifteen years she has exhibited in her local area, and has recently moved from abstract and collage to exploring quirky and dreamscape figurative work. Check out her Facebook page.
Elizabeth Morton is a New Zealand poet and student. She has a keen interest in neuroscience. In her free time she collects obscure words in supermarket bags. She has been published in Poetry NZ, JAAM, Takahē, Blackmail Press and in the upcoming Meniscus.
Linda Moser is a teacher and writer from Christchurch. She was short-listed for her novel, Somewhere north of Heaven, in the United Kingdom’s Mslexia international competition and has received some success in the travel writing field winning Best New Travel Writer of the Year in 2015 in the AA Directions/Cathay Pacific Multi-media awards. Her story ‘Slainte’ was published in the AA Directions Magazine and in the NZ Herald.
Frances Mountier grew up in Christchurch and lives in Wellington. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters (2009). Her work has appeared in Turbine, Sport, Takahē, Renegade House, Hue & Cry and JAAM. She is working on a novel made up of numerous “tellings”.
Trish Nicholson, a former columnist and feature writer for national media, writes narrative non-fiction and short stories, She is also a social anthropologist. After a career in regional government in the UK and Europe, she was for fifteen years a development aid worker in the Asia Pacific, including five years in West Sepik, Papua New Guinea, A shifting lifestyle she survived with a sense of humour. She lives in the winterless Far North of New Zealand. www.trishnicholsonswordsinthetreehouse.com Twitter:http://twitter.com/TrishaNicholson
Nuala Ní Chonchúir was born in Dublin, Ireland, and lives in East Galway. She has published four short story collections, including Mother America (New Island, 2012) and a chapbook of short-short stories Of Dublin and Other Fictions (Tower Press, US, 2013). Other publications include a third poetry collection, The Juno Charm (Salmon Poetry, 2011), and her critically acclaimed second novel, The Closet of Savage Mementos (New Island, 2014), which was shortlisted for the Kerry Irish Novel of the Year Award 2015. Under the name Nuala O’Connor, she published her third novel, Miss Emily, about the poet Emily Dickinson and her Irish maid, with Penguin USA, Penguin Canada and Sandstone (UK) in summer 2015. Miss Emily was short-listed for the Bord Gáis Energy Eason Book Club Novel of the Year 2015. It is currently long-listed for the 2016 MM Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. www.nualanichonchuir.com.
Emma Neale is a Dunedin-based writer, editor and occasional creative writing tutor. She has had five novels and four collections of poetry published, with another, Tender Machines, due out from Otago University Press in 2015. ‘Plot’ – her story that placed in the 2015 NFFD competition – is her first attempt at flash fiction.
Bradley Nielsen is originally from Rotorua and now lives, studies and writes in Berlin.
Judy Nieuwendijk lives, for now, in rural South Auckland with husband Fons and grandson Nicholas. Sometime soon Judy and Fons will be nomads, wandering back-country New Zealand in their bus. For the first time in her life, Judy has time to write the many stories and experiences of a rich life, delighting in seeing the jumble of words tumble from within onto the laptop screen.
Keith Nunes is a former New Zealand newspaper sub-editor who now writes for the sheer joy of it. Although relatively fresh to flash fiction, he’s been published in New Zealand and increasingly in the US and UK. He lives south of Tauranga with artist Talulah Belle and a coterie of nutty animals.
John O’Brien grew up in a Wellington hotel, then grew up some more in Auckland and Christchurch. John is now based in Lyttelton, where he lives with his wife, two teenagers, a crazy Jack Russell and a rather quiet black cat.
Jess O’Brien studied at Wellington School of Design, majoring in photography. It is her desire to fill the rest of her time making pictures to illustrate her day-dreams. Excerpts from her ‘Story book series’ (photographs) are featured in the June 2015 issue of Flash Frontier.
Maris O’Rourke began writing in 2008. Since then she has been well placed in a number of competitions and published in a range of journals and anthologies in New Zealand and overseas. In 2015 she won the IWW’s Kathleen Grattan Prize for a Sequence of Poems. Maris has had three successful children’s books, illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyley, published by Duck Creek Press, and her first poetry collection Singing With Both Throats was published by David Ling in 2013 to good reviews.
Derek Osborne lives in eastern Pennsylvania. His work has appeared in Bartleby-Snopes, PicFic/Folded Word, Pure Slush and Boston Literary among others. A collection of his stories is due out very soon. To read more or contact, visit him at Gertrude’s Flat.
Mother of two adult children and grandmother of one grandson, Judith Dell Panny lives with her husband in Ashhurst. Her most recent publication is Let the Writer Stand: the work of Vincent O’Sullivan. Her first book, I Have What I Gave: the Fiction of Janet Frame, has appeared in four editions. She is currently working on her own stories.
Eileen Palmer moved with her family to New Zealand ten years ago from Scotland. She lives in North Canterbury with chickens and alpacas and enjoys the rural lifestyle. She works part time and read and writes whenever she can.
John Parras’ fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, Salmagundi, XConnect, Oasis, Gulf Stream Magazine and other literary journals. He received a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship, and his novel, Fire on Mt. Maggiore (Univ. of Tenn. Press, 2005), won the Peter Taylor Prize, awarded by the Knoxville Writers’ Guild.
Janet Pates lives in the small town of Tuakau, near the mouth of the Waikato River. She writes for children and for adults, she writes fiction and non-fiction, the latter with an emphasis on local history. In between times, she is trying to create an interesting memoir out of a singularly ordinary life. Janet Pates was placed first in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Katerina Patitsas began writing songs and poems as a way to spend quality time with her family and children. Born in the USA to Greek parents, she was raised in a bilingual home. Her grandfather was a poet on a small island in the Dodecanese. Thus, she sees the English language both as an insider and outsider. She was nurtured on the songs and stories of her celebrated ancestry.
Leon Paulin lives in Oamaru with his wife, one of two daughters, three cats and a dog. They overlook the Pacific Ocean, which he finds stimulates the writing process. He has published articles in NZ Fitness Magazine and the Otago Daily Times, and currently has just completed a YA manuscript.
Jane Percival lives on the Kaipara Harbour, north of Auckland, New Zealand. She has always enjoyed writing and has recently taken time out from full-time paid employment to pursue this activity. Lately she has been focusing on speculative fiction.
Michael Perusse is a part time amateur artist from Western Massachusetts. His current focus is mixed media sculpture and sketching as much as he can. He uses photography for reference, and to hang on to moments that will pass by far too quickly.
Karen Phillips lives in Ahipara, Northland. She began writing in 2009 and won the Katherine Mansfield Novice Award that year followed by first place in the Heartland Short Story Competition, and has continued to be placed in competitions since then. She is currently working on a collection of short stories.
Patrick Pink grew up in Chicago, Illinois and lived significant amounts of his life in Michigan, Texas and Germany before settling in New Zealand. His work was highly commended in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition, and he is the winner of the Flash Frontier 2014 Summer Writing Award. His work can be found in a variety of magazines, including Chelsea Station Magazine, Headland: Issue 2 and the upcoming anthology, Wilde Stories 2015: The Year’s Best Gay Speculative Fiction.
Deryn Pittar writes Science Fiction, short stories, poetry and Young Adult fiction. She is published in all these genre. She also writes futuristic romance under the pen name of Virginnia De Parte and after the closure of her publisher has self-published her five novels as two anthologies. She enjoys the challenge of short fiction.
Kenneth Pobo had a collection of his micro-fiction called Tiny Torn Maps published by Deadly Chaps in 2011. Recent stories appear in Philadelphia Stories and Wilde Oats.
Martin Porter , born in Jersey, lives a quiet life in New Zealand writing poetry and flash fiction. He has recently had flash fiction published in Bare Fiction magazine, won the Northland New Zealand flash fiction prize in 2012 and 2014 and read at Auckland Library for the NZ National Flash Fiction Day Awards 2013.Some of his work and accompanying notes can be found here and here.
Matt Potter is an Australian-born writer who keeps part of his psyche in Berlin. Matt has been published in various places online, his anthology Vestal Aversion was published earlier in 2012 and he is also the founding editor of Pure Slush. Find more of Matt’s work here.
Gary V Powell’s fiction has appeared most recently at Bartleby Snopes, Carvezine,Thrice Fiction, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, Camroc Press Review, Blue Fifth Review and Best New Writing 2015. His first novel, Lucky Bastard, is available through Main Street Rag Press, here..
Santino Prinzi is currently an English Literature with Creative Writing student, and was awarded the 2014/15 Bath Spa University Flash Fiction Prize. His flash fiction and prose poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Flash Fiction Magazine, the 2014 and 2015 UK National Flash Fiction Day anthologies, Unbroken Literary Journal, Spelk, Vine Leaves Literary Journal and others. You can check him out at his website or follow him on Twitter: @tinoprinzi.
Alex Pruteanu . Writer. Works from sunup to sundown. Has muscles of steel. Kills rats.
Judith Pryor is formerly a cultural critic and historian. She has spent the last eighteen months at home looking after her young daughter and, besides writing short fiction, is now learning the guitar, blogging about motherhood and feminism on smothered and putting the finishing touches on a children’s novel.
Hayden Pyke also writes under his initials HP. He lives in Hamilton and works as a Probation Officer. Writing is a new hobby with his first short story making the NZ Writers’ College competition short list in 2012.
Andrea Quinlan is a poet and writer based in New Zealand. Her chapbook We Speak Girl was published by Dancing Girl Press (Chicago) in 2012 and The Mysteries of Laura was published by Birds of Lace (Athens, Georgia) in 2013. Other poetry was published or is forthcoming in brief, Gaga Stigmata, Delirious Hem, HAG, Wicked Alice, Finery, Poems in Which and the Best Friends Forever anthology.
Leanne Radojkovich writes flash fiction stories – which she says should be nimble as deer. She’s been short-listed for prizes here and in Ireland, and her stories have been published in NZ, UK and USA. She likes experimenting with new media and shares her work on SlideShare and YouTube. Leanne also likes old media – street art – and posts flash stories around town in phone booths, public loos and shop windows. Please see her website for more.
Maggie Rainey-Smith is the author of two novels, a published poet and a short story writer. She blogs here and is a regular book reviewer on Beattie’s Blog. She won the 2007 Page & Blackmore short story competition and was short-listed in 2004 and 2013 for the Landfall Essay Prize and the 2004 Takahē Cultural Studies essay competition. Her short stories and poetry have been published in Sport, Takahē, The Listener, New Zealand Books and on Radio New Zealand and she was highly commended in the 2014 NFFD competition. More here.
Stephen V. Ramey lives in beautiful New Castle, Pennsylvania. His work has appeared many places, from The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts to Daily Science Fiction. His first collection of (very) short fiction, Glass Animals, was published by Pure Slush Books in 2013. Find him here.
Sixteen-year-old Tierney Reardon is from Lyttelton, New Zealand. She writes for Tearaway Magazine and several New Zealand book blogs. Her work has been published in three volumes of the ReDraft books, Rookie Magazine and Write On Magazine. She blogs here.
When she’s not working on her current long-fiction project, Shermie Rayne likes to use written words to ponder, push against or relish in life’s journey. She’s finding that micro/flash fiction is an excellent medium to do just that. Some of her works have found homes with 101words, The Voices Project, NailpolishStories and 50WS. In 2013 Rayne placed second in WOW!’s spring writing contest.
Joani Reese has poetry, flash, creative non-fiction, and book reviews published or forthcoming in many online and print venues. Reese is a poetry editor for Connotation Press. Her second poetry chapbook Dead Letters has been recently published by Cervena Barva Press. More here.
Carol Reid writes short stories and microfiction, published most recently in Spelk, Writer’s Bone and Camroc Press Review. Carol is an associate fiction editor of FRiGG.
Eldon (Craig) Reishus lives beneath the Alps outside Munich (Landkreis Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen). He is an old-school contributor to Exquisite Corpse, an all-around web and print media pro and the German-English translator of numerous films and books. He originates from Fort Smith, Arkansas. Visit him here.
Aaron Robertson is a writer and musician living in Hikurangi. His poetry and flash fiction have previously appeared in Poetry NZ, Snorkel and 52I250.
Matthew Robinson’s writing has appeared on the web in journals such as decomP, >kill author, The Lascaux Review and others. He lives in Seattle with his dog, cat and girlfriend.
Bev Robitai lives on the North Shore of Auckland and writes murder mysteries in between wrangling words and editing projects for other writers. She is occasionally interrupted to take photos of houses, but never to do housework. Her books can be found on Amazon.
Cara Rogers currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her dreadfully handsome husband, Mr. Rogers, and her loyal feline companion, Kitters. She works as an online editing contractor and an Irvine Auditorium associate for the University of Pennsylvania where she tends to dedicate a scandalous amount of time to creative writing. In her spare time, she takes great pleasure in reading, drawing, painting and discovering new worlds.
Mark Rosenblum is a New York native who now lives in Southern California where he misses the taste of real pizza and good deli food. He attempts not to drive his wife crazy, but tends to fail miserably. His most recent ramblings appear in Vine Leaves, Pure Slush, The Emerge Literary Journal, The EEEL, The Raleigh Review and Maudlin House.
Pat Rosier has published four novels and is working on a fifth. A collection of short pieces, Stones Gathered Together, is available as an ebook on Kobo, Kindle and most other ebook outlets. She lives with her partner, Prue Hyman, in Paekakariki.
Chelsea Ruxer is an MFA student at the Bluegrass Writers Studio. Her work has recently appeared in Hermeneutic Chaos, 5×5, The Higgs Weldon, and others.
Fortunato Salazar lives in Los Angeles.
For around ten years, Nelly Sanchez has been making cut-outs. She has been published in journals such as Mung Being, Sonic Boom, Le Pan des Muses and Temporel. She has also participed in exhibitions: in 2012, at Paris -“Femmes/Hommes. Stéréotypes à l’oeuvre”, galerie ABB (Belleville, Paris); in 2013, at Pézenas (Hérault, France) and in 2014 at Mestre (Italia) – “Quand saro più grande”, La Casa della Renna- and Dieppe (Seine-Maritime, France). She has also illustrated writings like La Falaise était nue (Bernard Baritaud), the American translation of Venus in fur (2014). Her artwork can be seen at Albums.
W Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of seven books (wjacksavage.com) including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage. More than fifty of Jack’s stories and over four hundred of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.
Monique Schoneveld is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute in Christchurch. She fits her writing in around work and three busy boys. Monique is currently working on a novel set in India. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Mary-anne Scott lives in Havelock North and is a cellist, singer and guitarist, and a writer. She’s had two Y/A novels published, Snakesand Ladders and Coming Home to Roost. She loves short fiction, songs, words and books and attributes many of her ideas to the joys and nightmares of raising her four sons.
Meg Sefton‘s short fiction, reviews, and creative nonfiction have been published in various literary journals. Her passion, besides writing, is cooking for her son and playing with her dog. She can be found blogging here.
Ila Selwyn is currently working on her Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Auckland. She was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition with a piece she cut down from a long monologue, written for a play she is working on in conjunction with a poetry collection, both to be completed in 2014.
Emily Seresin is a costume designer and has clothed other people’s characters for nearly thirty years. Lately she likes to experiment with characters of her own. She particularly likes it when her characters stay on the page and don’t stomp around the wardrobe truck complaining about itchy socks. Emily grew up in Wellington and now lives in Sydney on the Bankstown line.
Kathy Sewell has had a number of stories published and several plays written and performed. She is working on her novel at the moment while completing the last two papers of her B.A. extramurally at Massey University. She lives on a lifestyle block, is a proud grandma and belongs to IWW, NZSA and Tauranga Writers, and she runs the Thames Writers Group.
Kay Shacklock has always made stories in her head but only recently started writing them down. A professional musician, Kay wrote a family musical, Stout Heart, which was performed at the Harlequin Theatre, Auckland in May 2015. She is currently working on another show and has two novels and a book version of Stout Heart on the go.
Christopher J Shanahan is an artist and food industry economist living in San Antonio, Texas. Some of his work can be found at The Optimal Brain and was featured in our October 2013 issue.
Dr Rita Shelley, educationalist, hails from New York City, British Columbia and Idaho. She came to New Zealand to visit family, fell in love and lives permanently in Whangarei with her partner. Her story ‘Love Birds’ won first equal in the 2016 Northland Flash Fiction Competition. ‘Lunch with Mom’ and ‘The Unravished Bridegroom’ won flash fiction competitions at Writer’s Billboard.
Brie Sherow lives and works in central Christchurch. She had a short story published in Yen Magazine in 2013 and is currently working on several more while studying at Hagley Writers’ Institute.
Emma Shi was the winner of the 2013 National Schools Poetry Award and is currently studying at Victoria University of Wellington.
Charlotte Simmonds writes plays, prose and poetry in her room in Wellington. More of her writing can be read in her book The World’s Fastest Flower which can be found be in the library.
Gus Simonovic is a performance poet and producer. Along with his own poetry collection, his work has been published in NZ and UK magazines and anthologies. In 2010 he created a spoken word show “iWas” and in 2011 released a 15-track poetry/music collaboration CD. He is a Poetry Slam winner and a regular guest poet at poetry events in Auckland and internationally. Gus is currently working on his new solo spoken-word show “Aotearoa – Lost in Translation”, as well as a new collaborative multimedia performance “Insomnia in a Daydream”. Read more at Printable Reality.
Rebecca Simons has a passion for art, music, culture and understanding what “makes us tick” and enjoys weaving these disciplines into her writing. She was the recipient of the Flash Frontier Summer Writing Award 2013 and nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the same year. Her work has appeared recently in Wilderness House Literary Review. She blogs here.
Jon Sindell wrote the flash–fiction collection The Roadkill Collection (Big Table Publishing, 2014) and the long–story collection Family Happiness (2016). He curates the San Francisco–based reading series Rolling Writers.
D F Smale was born and raised in the Waikato, and is currently living and working in Hamilton City and returning to writing after somewhat of a hiatus.
Rachel Smith writes short fiction and flash fiction and poetry. Her words can regularly be found in Flash Frontier, and in JAAM and Takahē. She was long-listed for National Flash Fiction Day in 2014 and selected for Micro Madness in 2016.
Caroyln Smith-Masefield writes for sanity, teaches for humanity, lives for equanimity, dresses for vanity but can rhyme with manatee.
Penny Somervaille writes poetry and short fiction. She is currently one of four MCs for Poetry Live, the weekly poetry event at the Thirsty Dog in Auckland. She has been published in Sidestream Magazine, Blackmail Press, Live Lines, and Pot Roast and has read her poetry at Rhythm & Verse, The Library Bar, The Pah Homestead, The Thirsty Dog and The PumpHouse. She lives in Auckland.
Elaine Souster is an accomplished artist who several years ago discovered a love for creative writing. She is active in various writing groups and supports other writers. She loves to take her view of human nature and turn it into a story.
Marcus Speh is a lecturer and writer who lives in Berlin.His debut collection of short fiction Thank You For You Sperm was published by MadHat Press in 2013 and his novel in flash, Gisela, will be published by Folded Word Press in 2015. He writes in English as well as German and spent a wonderful year in NZ. He occasionally blogs at marcusspeh.com.
Natalia Spencer studied prose poetry and flash fiction under the tutelage of American poet Dr Carrie Etter and has an honours degree in Creative Writing. In 2012 her flash fiction was published in the anthology Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories. She is also interested creative non-fiction and prose, biology, religion and history, and writes under the name of Talia Hardy.
Candida Spillard is a lapsed physicist who now tells the most outrageous lies for a living. Her satirical fantasy ‘The Price of Time‘ is presently on the prowl for an agent, ideally not of the ‘Five Eyes’ sort. www.cspillardwriter.co.uk
Andrew Stancek grew up in Bratislava and saw tanks rolling through its streets. He currently dreams and entertains Muses in southwestern Ontario. His work has appeared in Tin House online, Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, Vestal Press, Every Day Fiction, fwriction, Pure Slush and Camroc Press Review, among others. He’s been a winner in the Flash Fiction Chronicles and Gemini Fiction Magazine contests and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Nancy Stohlman’s books include the newly released flash fiction collection The Vixen Scream and Other Bible Stories (2014), the flash novels The Monster Opera (2013) and Searching for Suzi: a flash novel (2009), and four anthologies including Fast Forward: The Mix Tape (2010), which was a finalist for a 2011 Colorado Book Award. She is a founding member of Fast Forward Press, the creator of The F-Bomb Flash Fiction Reading Series in Denver, and her work has been included in The Best of the Web.
Lily Straker is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in Tauranga. She has three cats, three chickens and three siblings. She enjoys writing, reading and drawing.
Sharon Stratford is a Wellington writer. She loves spending days at the beach with a good book for company, playing with words and swapping stories with children.
Xander Stronach is an author from Wellington. He is tragically short, but often thinks hard about being taller. You can find him on Twitter @understatemen.
Kurt Struble grew up during the 1950s in a small mid-western town. His stories illustrate the adventures of a boy growing up during that golden age of American history. He received his bachelors degree in Liberal Arts from Eastern Michigan University, taught elementary school and ran his own business. He is married and has raised four children. He travels between his homes in southwest Florida and Michigan.
Rebecca Styles is a Creative Writing PhD student at Massey University. She completed the MA at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2011, and has published short stories in local journals and anthologies. Rebecca Styles placed second in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Maureen Sudlow is an associate member of the New Zealand Society of Authors (Northland) and writes mainly poetry and children’s picture books. Her poetry has been published both online and in magazines such as A Fine Line. She has a Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia, and has recently published a children’s picture book, Fearless Fred and the Dragon, which was short-listed for the 2012 Storylines Joy Cowley Award. Her blog is kiwissoar.
Fiona Summerfield is a freelance writer with a science background. Her articles have appeared in a large range of print publications and online. She was short-listed for the 2013 Kobo/NZ Authors E-Publishing Prize. Living close to the beach in Nelson, New Zealand, she helps run the annual No More Excuses Writers’ Weekends at Arrow Motel. She also works in another form of story telling, commonly known as marketing.
Jane Swan is newsletter editor for the Waitaki Writers’ Group. Highly commended in the Heartland Short Story Competition and short-listed in the Sunday Star Times competition, she has also been included in the 2015 Best Small Fictions anthology. Her work has also been read on Radio New Zealand and published in local and daily newspapers, Alfie Dog Ltd and Essentially Food. Jane has recently moved to a seaside village north of Dunedin. She doesn’t share her chocolate with the seals and birds.
Heather Sylvawood publishes her books as Kindle eBooks. She started with non-fiction, moved into children’s stories written to be read by adults, short stories for adults and finally one published novel – More Than I could Bear – A Lesbian Affair. A series of life chances have led Heather and her and Civil Union partner to live in a beautiful rural area of New Zealand overlooking a wide bay, in a diverse community with an overriding passion for the environment.
Campbell Taylor is often a phlebotomist, sometimes a soundman, occasionally a performance poet. His short stories have been published in New Zealand and overseas. Born in Christchurch, he lives in Titahi Bay with his young daughter while he chips away at his first (or second novel), depending on his mood.
Jeff Taylor is retired and living in Hamilton, concentrating on flash fiction and short stories for both adults and children. He particularly enjoys writing humour. Successes include winning three short story competitions in the UK (Global Short Stories) and placing as runner-up in the 2014 BNZ short short story contest and second in the 2015 Franklin Writer’s short story contest; he also won the 2015 Raglan Word Café flash fiction and the 2015 NZ Writer’s College short story contests. His children’s short story was also published in Barbara Else’s anthology Great Mates (Random House).
Beverley Teague has been a member of a writing group for almost three years, attracted to the group because of her interest in writing poetry. Flash fiction is her most recent discovery, her newest challenge.
Susan Tepper is the author of five published books of fiction and poetry. She is Second Place Winner in the ‘story/South Million Writers Award’ 2015, and the recipient of nine Pushcart nominations — and once for a Pulitzer in fiction for her novel What May Have Been (co-author Gary Percesepe, published by Cervena Barva Press, 2010. Tepper writes a column for Black Heart Magazine and hosts FIZZ a reading series at KGB Bar.
Kim Thomas is a bloke — let’s get that clear — although was once asked, in writing, by his doctor’s receptionist to make an appointment for a cervical smear test. Usually most accommodating, he politely declined on that occasion. He recently rekindled a long smouldering interest in creative writing. A growing weariness with his profession — the law — has had something to do with that.
VRL Thonger, a new resident of Kerikeri, New Zealand, is a poet, writer, editor/proofer, experimental performer, actor and artist, having previously lived in Cornwall, The Netherlands, Washington DC and London. Her work has been published in Offshoots 13, Fast Fibres 2 and Write Up North.
Lulu A Tika is Mexican and lives with her husband and her Pomeranian husky. She enjoys reading, writing and sky diving.
Reuben Todd currently lives on the prose-poetry continuum somewhere in Christchurch, and he was long-listed in the 2014 National Flash Fiction Day competition. He likes to meet other writers and artists. You too could meet Reuben! He too could meet you! He’d like that.
Alistair Tulett is a 1960 baby belatedly emerging as a wannabe writer from the obscurity of a professional career (ongoing) and farming goats (a “silent” partner) near Morrinsville in the Waikato. He lives with two of four grown children, an indomesticate cat, various livestock, and gratitude that luck has found him both the inspiration to try as well as encouragement.
Jodie van de Wetering is a writer and journalist based in Rockhampton, Australia. Her work has appeared on radio, TV, online and in literary journals including Idiom 23, and on the backs of a great many envelopes.
Emma Vere-Jones is a journalist who moonlights as an author of fiction. She grew up in Wellington, spent twelve years in the UK and the Netherlands, and three years ago moved to Auckland. Her first children’s book Stan the Van Man appears from Scholastic in August 2015. ‘Gone’ – the story that placed in the 2015 NFFD competition – is her first piece of published fiction for adults.
Suzanne Verrall works for the Adelaide Hills Library Service. She has written over 300 reader reviews for the South Australian Public Libraries Catalogue, and her article on lesbian fiction appeared in Archer Magazine in February 2016. Suzanne’s flash fiction stories are all exactly 150 words in length.
Melanie Vezey lives in the Bay of Islands, taking inspiration from the surrounding natural beauty, her husband, and the wild adventures of their two young boys. She is renewed by daily hikes in the bush where story characters call to her from behind every tree. She tries to remember a pen and paper lest the good ones get away.
Townsend Walker is a writer living in San Francisco. His stories have been published in over fifty literary journals and included in six anthologies. One story won the SLO NightWriters story contest. Two were nominated for The O. Henry Award. Four were performed at the New Short Fiction Series in Hollywood. During a career in finance he published three books: foreign exchange, derivatives and portfolio management. His website is here.
Lucy-Jane Walsh is a young writer of science fiction. Her stories deal with themes such as infinity, drug use and the manipulation of time. She has had her work published in Takahē and shortlisted in the AUT Short Story Competition and the NZ College Short Story Competition. In 2013, she graduated cum laude from Hagley Writers’ College.
Rob Walton is from Scunthorpe, and lives on Tyneside with his family. His poetry appears in the Emma Press Slow Things anthology, Butcher’s Dog 5, Firewords Quarterly, Deseeded, Visual Verse and Northern Voices. His stories are published by IRON Press, Red Squirrel, New Writing North, Arachne and Shelter. Winner of UK NFFD micro-fiction competition 2015, he has written script and collated the New Hartley Memorial Pathway text.
Gabriel Ward is a NZ expat currently teaching English in South Korea. He’s always had a passion for the arts, and spends most of his free time reading and taking photos. You can find more of his work here.
John Ward moved to Nelson following the Christchurch shake-up and joined the South Island Writers’ Association who mentioned Flash Frontier in a recent newsletter. He read through some of the pieces and was tempted to try.
Linda Simoni-Wastila writes from Baltimore, where she spends her days professing, mothering, and giving a damn; nights, she writes, mostly novels. You can find her Pushcart- and Best-of-the-Net work at Smokelong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Scissors and Spackle, MiCrow, The Sun, Blue Five Notebook, The Poet’s Market 2013, Hoot, Camroc Press Review, Every Day Fiction, and Nanoism, among others. She blogs at http://linda-leftbrainwrite.blogspot.
Jackie Watson is an English teacher who has always written. She is also a student at Hagley Writers’ Institute and trying to actually finish something. She’d not heard of flash fiction before this year but is enjoying trying to hone a story down to a minimum. She lives in Ohoka near Kaiapoi and is involved in the recovery of the devastated town after the quakes, chairing the Kaiapoi Rubble Rousers, a group intent on brightening empty sites in the town with art. They are colouring Kaiapoi with promise. Jackie Watson’s story was Highly Commended in the 2013 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Michael Webb has worked with chemicals more than half his life, and you might argue they have affected his brain. He writes at innocentsaccidentshints.blogspot.com and you can buy his novel Everybody Loves You Now by clicking here.
Ann Webber grew up in regional Victoria, spent most of her adult life in Sydney and moved to Auckland two years ago. Because of her work as a hospital scientist, she can confirm that everything that happens in medical soaps is true. Ann is a member of the Auckland-based writers’ group International Writers’ Workshop and was runner-up in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Elizabeth Welsh was editor at Flash Frontier in 2014. A a poet, flash writer and academic editor, she is also member of the Tuesday Poem collective and editor of The Typewriter, an online poetry magazine for emerging New Zealand, Australian and Asia-Pacific poets. Originally from the beautiful climes of New Zealand, Elizabeth has been living and working in, and exploring, Europe for the last several years. She wakes up daily with a sense of adventure and loves where travelling is taking her.
Eryk Wenziak is Editor-in-Chief of rIgor mort.US, art editor at A-minor Magazine and art director at A-minor Press. His poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including elimae, Used Furniture Review, HOUSEFIRE, Connotation Press, Psychic Meatloaf and Short, Fast, & Deadly. He has published four chapbooks: 4am, a visual poetry collectionpublished by No Press (Canada); 1975, an experimental poem published by Deadly Chaps (US) which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize; Status Programs | Some Rules For Us To Break, a collaborative writing effort which utilizes Facebook to generate the output of poetry; and You are my anti-spam hero, a collection of spam-email subject headings published by Twenty-four Hours Press (US) and also nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives at erykwenziak.com.
Jodie van de Wetering is a writer and journalist based in Rockhampton, Australia. Her work has appeared on radio, TV, online and in literary journals including Idiom 23, and on the backs of a great many envelopes.
Bart Van Goethem. Father. Copywriter. Drummer. His mother-in-law is from New Zealand. That might explain a few things. List of publications on bartvangoethem.com. Follow him @bartvangoethem.
Sophie van Llewyn is a writer based in Germany. She is currently editing her first novel, writing short (and short short) stories and reading for the literary magazine Bartleby Snopes. Her fiction has been published/is forthcoming in 101 Words, Paragraph Planet, Sick Lit Magazine and Flash Fiction Magazine. You can find her on Twitter @sophie_van_l.
Gill Ward lives and writes in Wellington.
Racheal Weti was born in Tauranga, and raised in Mount Maunganui, Hamilton and Te Aroha. Racheal creates art that connects family and her sense of home. Her painting style has developed through the inspiration of her Māori heritage and her love of New Zealand. She says: “I am drawn to the beautiful and natural shapes that surround our wonderful land and all the historical and deep cultural significance of Māori symbols and their meanings.” You can find more of Racheal Weti’s work here.
Brendon Stanton White is currently studying English and Philosophy at the University of Canterbury, where he won the 2015 MacMillan Brown Prize for Writers.
Sandra Whyte lives in Northland and paints with a unique style of realism achieved by painting layer upon layer with the finest oil paints. More about her work, including commissioned paintings, here.
Anna Williams published her first book, Simply Parenting, in 2013. She was short-listed in the 2015 Northland Flash Fiction competition, winning third prize. She attends two local writing groups and enjoys the support and encouragement from group members. She lives in Whangarei.
Sian Williams is a writer, editor and orchardist. She helped launch Flash Frontier in 2012 and edited here for the first two years, in addition to playing an integral role in the inaugural National Flash Fiction Day. Sian lives in the Bay of Islands, ostensibly writing flash fiction, working on a young adult novel, growing kiwifruit and chauffeuring children to sporting events, but in reality life revolves around her dog, Angus.
Ashley Williams is a 16-year-old from the Bay of Plenty raised in the country, with a family of six with a love of reading and writing. Developing a story in 250 words is something she has never done before and something she finds difficult and a fun challenge. This year, she has started making an effort to break out of her shell, so sharing her work is one of the ways in which she is hoping to achieve this.
Fraser Williamson has had work in many national and international publications, books and projects for design firms and agencies. He shows his paintings at the Flagstaff Gallery in Devonport. He lives with his wife Loisi and their son Antonio. They like to spend their time between Tonga, New Zealand and Spain. His painting ‘Fishing’ was featured in our April 2013 issue.
Wendy Williamson comes from the seismically vibrant city of Christchurch and has been a member of South Island Writers’ Association for about a year. She has recently had some success in their competitions with flash fiction, a poem and a memoir. Wendy also belongs to a critique group which keeps her on her toes and enjoys the challenge of writing flash fiction.
Gerard Winter CRH, a New Zealand born lawyer, academic and Jurist, is the author of far too many works of nonfiction on constitutions, parliaments and courts. A story teller, lyricist and sometime essayist, he has written for voice and visual media and enjoys the challenge of short tales told well. He returned home in 2010 from work in Geneva and the South Pacific. He now lives in Karaka with his wife, Katherine, and two of their five sons. Gerard Winter’s story was Highly Commended in the 2012 National Flash Fiction Day competition.
Iona Winter is a Pākehā/Māori, whose day job is a holistic therapist. When she’s off duty she writes, blogs and reads. Her mixed whakapapa opens other worlds to her. She lives rurally by the sea, in the land of her tupuna.
P V Wolseley’s first loves were Boy George and My Little Pony. When these childhood crushes came to nothing, she fell in love with art history, which she studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She then moved to France, where she discovered a passion for English (absence makes the heart grow fonder).
Lindsay Woodlocke comes from Dunedin and shares a large suburban garden with resident family and three cats. Recently retired from teaching, Lindsay enjoys the challenge of writing flash fiction and, when not writing, might sometimes be found learning Mandarin, sculpting or taking tap-dancing classes.
Sue Wootton is the selecting editor for the Otago Daily Times Weekend Poem column, and co-editor of the Medical Humanities blog Corpus: Conversations about Medicine and Life. Her first novel, Strip, is to be published soon by Mākaro Press and her fifth collection of poetry, The Yield, will be published in 2017 by Otago University Press. Her website is suewootton.com.
Alex Wolstencroft currently lives on the prose- poetry continuum somewhere in Christchurch. He likes to meet other writers and artists. You too could meet Alex! He too could meet you! He’d like that.
Sheri L Wright is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of six books of poetry, including her most recent, The Feast of Erasure. Wright’s visual work has appeared in numerous journals, including Blood Orange Review and The Single Hound, and is featured in the October international issue.
Kath Wynn is a freelance editor, writer and researcher living in Maungatapere. She ghost-writes biographies and reflections mainly for hospice patients and immigrants, writes short stories and poetry, especially for children and transcribes recordings of meetings, interviews, etc.
Melindy Wynn-Bourne is a freelance writer with an emphasis on flash fiction living in Mississippi. Her stories have been featured in such magazines as Gemini and the sixth annual ultra short edition of The Binnacle. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading and photography.
Guy Yasko was born in Chicago. He makes his living at the intersection of Japan and the anglophone world.
Matthew Zela is a writer of poetry, prose and fiction, currently at work on a final draft of his first novel. Matthew lives in Northland, a gardener by trade. Matthew won the 2012 first quarter award for writing at Flash Frontier.
Natasha Zeta is an artist whose work has most recently focused on scars: “I am fascinated with the intimate nature of scars, and how much we choose to share about them. In the collection are surgical scars, sports accidents, self injury, bar fights. Some a slip on the stairs and some the proof of surviving something life threatening. We are rarely born with them, but it is part of our biology.”