Alice Allan

Alice Allan publishes the podcast Poetry Says, where she interviews poets from Australia and overseas about the poetry that matters to them. She also runs the Melbourne reading series Sporting Poets. Her work has been published in journals including Rabbit, Cordite, Southerly, Australian Book Review and Westerly, and shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize.

Aimee-Jane Anderson-O'Connor

Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor was awarded the 2018 Charles Brasch Young Writers’ Essay Prize, and was the co-winner of the 2017 Monash Prize for Emerging Writers. Her work has appeared in a number of literary journals, including Starling, Mayhem, Poetry New Zealand, Landfall, Mimicry, and Min-a-rets.

Hamish Ansley

Hamish Ansley is primarily a writer of short prose and the occasional failed poem. He completed a Master's thesis about masculinity in contemporary fiction at the University of Waikato in 2017, and so far has words in Poetry New Zealand and Mayhem. He was longlisted for the 2019 National Flash Fiction Day competition.

Emma Barnes

Aro Valley local. Prefers hearing poems and/or speaking them out loud. Once set a poem to be performed by three voices where everyone poured wine over themselves in a dark little club on Cuba St. Editing an Anthology of Takatāpui and/or Queer Aotearoa NZ writing that will be released by Auckland University Press in 2021.

Nikki-Lee Birdsey

Nikki-Lee Birdsey was born in Piha. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a BA from New York University. Her work has been published in Aotearoa, the U.K., and the U.S., where she was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, Night As Day, was published by Victoria University Press in April 2019.

Kinga Bitsits

I  live in Coogee Sydney. When not explaining my Hungarian name I sell recycled clothes online. I am keen to interact with other writers and belong to a few writers’ groups. My poems have been published in two anthologies and online. 

Didem Caia

Didem is a writer based in Melbourne. She is a graduate of NIDA and has a masters from the VCA. Didem has been awarded the RE Ross trust playwrights award, playwrighting australia script development workshops and has been a grantee of the australian arts council, the Ian potter cultural trust, the Copywright agency cultural fund as well as the Melbourne and Sydney council for her creative pursuits. Her plays have been produced in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra and have appeared in many new writing festivals around the world. In 2015 didem was named a 30 under 30 writer to watch, and has worked collaboratively in community and outreach programs facilitated by Dandenong City Council, Victorian Drama League, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Outer urban projects, Outback Theatre Company and the Tuggeranong arts centre. In October 2017, Didem was shortlisted for the CHASS Young Leader under 30 Award. In 2018 Didem founded an initiative, ‘the project word’ where she works with individuals and organisations to grow creativity and community through the use of speaking and the written word.

Marisa Cappetta

Marisa graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Hagley Writer’s Institute. She has published widely in journals and anthologies in New Zealand and internationally. Her first book, How to tour the world on a flying fox, was published by Steele Roberts 2016. She is currently working on her second collection of poetry. 

Maisie Chilton Tressler

Maisie is a Waihōpai born, Pōneke based artist-poet-teacher. Co-editor and production manager of art-poetry zine Salty. Maisie also has work published by Oscen, A Fine Line magazine, Flash Frontier, Overcommunicate, Anthropozine, ecARTnz and Salty. 

Instagram: @moomologist

Emilie Collyer

Emilie Collyer lives in West Footscray, on Wurundjeri country, where she writes plays, poetry and prose. Her writing has appeared most recently in Australian Poetry Anthology, Cordite, Overland, and The Lifted Brow. Recent award-winning plays include Dream Home and The Good Girl which premiered in New York in 2016.

William Connor

William Connor is a Wellington-born teacher, translator, puppeteer and writer of poems and play scripts. He gained a Masters of Creative Writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters in 2016 and has since been living in Berlin where he is collaborating with the Goethe Institute on a web series about German-New Zealand cultural differences. In his next project, The Quiet Living of Lost Things, he hopes to illuminate with dim light bulbs, improbable puppets and impractical machines, the world where the unfinished beings and ideas that never made it in this world accumulate in an endless labyrinth of workshops. 

Freya Daly Sadgrove

Freya is a writer and performer based in Pōneke. She has an MA in Poetry from the International Institute of Modern Letters, and her poems have appeared in various online and print publications – most recently Going Down SwingingMinarets, and The Spinoff. Her first poetry collection is due for publication in 2020.

Ash Davida Jane

Ash Davida Jane is a poet & bookseller. Her work is in Starling, Mimicry, Sweet Mammalian, Food Court, -Ology, & more, & her first book was published in 2016 with Platypus Press. She's currently doing her Master of Arts at the IIML.

Sam Duckor Jones

Sam works as an artist from his home in the Wairarapa. His first poetry collection, People From The Pit Stand Up, was published by VUP in 2018.

Anahera Gildea

Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tukorehe) is an essayist, poet, and short story writer.  Her work has appeared in multiple journals and anthologies, and her first poetry book was published by Seraph Press in 2016.  She is currently undertaking doctoral research focusing on Māori literature at Victoria University of Wellington.

Jordan Hamel

Jordan Hamel (he/him/his) is a Pōneke-based poet and performer. He grew up in
Timaru on a healthy diet of Catholicism and masculine emotional repression. He is the current New Zealand Poetry Slam Champion and has performed at festivals across Aotearoa. He is a poetry editor for Barren Magazine and has work published or forthcoming in Mimicry, Mojave Heart Review, Ghost City Press, Salty, and elsewhere.

Rebecca Hawkes

Rebecca Hawkes is a Cantabrian writer and artist now nesting in Wellington. She has words splattered across various journals like Starling, Sport, and Mimicry, and is publishing her first substantial coagulation of poems this August in AUP New Poets 5. You can find more of her work through and

Joy Holley

Joy Holley is 21 years old and lives in Wellington. Her writing has been published in Landfall, Turbine, Starling and other New Zealand journals. 

Gail Ingram

Gail Ingram’s poetry has recently appeared in Poetry New Zealand, Atlanta Review, Blue Five Notebook and Manifesto. She has a new poetry collection Contents Under Pressure coming out in April 2019. Awards include winner of New Zealand Poetry Society and third prize Poets Meet Politics international poetry competitions. More at

Briana Jamieson

Briana Jamieson is a Wellington artist and writer with BFA(Hons) from Massey University. She is founder of the poetry publication Salty. Her work has been published by Mimicry, Food Court and Salty. Recent exhibitions include 3AM, Parrotdog Gallery, Wellington, July 2019 and Ghosts, floating, Toi Pōneke, Wellington, April 2019. You can find more of her work online at and

Claudia Jardine

Claudia Jardine (she/her) is a poet, musician and postgraduate student at VUW. Her work has been published in StarlingMimicryperverse, Salty, and at The Spinoff. Jardine is currently researching Byzantine historiography and managing the independent release of her first collection of songs, the North EP (released 3/5/19). 

Eleanor Rose King Merton

Eleanor Rose King Merton is an editor and poet living in Wellington, Aotearoa. Her work appears in various publications such as Peach MagSportTurbine | Kapohau and Starling.

Laura Lethlean

Laura Lethlean is a Melbourne based playwright. Laura's produced plays include Plastic Pacific (The Substation, 2013), How Are You (Canberra Design Festival, 2015), The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire (NIDA, 2016), Fading (Canberra Theatre Centre, 2018), Two Hearts (Kings Cross Theatre, 2018), Strata Inc. (with Faran Martin, The Burrow, 2018), Two Hearts (The Butterfly Club, 2019) The Three Graces (Theatreworks, 2019). Laura is a graduate of NIDA's Writing for Performance MFA, an alumni of the ATYP Fresh Ink program and a founding member of The Anchor. 

The Space Between the Fuel and the Fire was published by NoPassport Press in 2016.

Jessica Lim

Jessica Lim is a poet, zine maker, and prison abolitionist currently studying a Masters in Sociology at the University of Auckland.

Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan is a poet from Melbourne. His work can be found around the place. He is co director of sick leave, a monthly reading series and occasional journal.

Sinead Overbye

Sinead Overbye (Te-Aitanga-a-Māhaki, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Porou, Te Āti Awa) is a Wellington based writer and recent MA graduate. Her work can also be found in Oscen, Starling and Turbine

Jane Paul

Jane is a poet, teacher and co-editor of Salty, born and bred in Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Her poems have been described as feeling like you're "standing on a pebbled beach, feeling sea spray in the air, and laughing with bliss at how beautiful the world is". 

Nina Mingya Powles

Nina Mingya Powles is a writer and editor from Wellington. She is the author of the poetry collections Luminescent (2017) and Girls of the Drift (2014), and a pamphlet titled Field Notes on a Downpour (2018). Her prose debut, a food memoir, is forthcoming from The Emma Press later this year. She is the founding editor of Bitter Melon 苦瓜. She currently lives in London.

Joanna Preston

Joanna Preston is a Tasmanaut poet, editor and freelance creative writing tutor.

Brigid Quirke

Brigid is living in Bristol, UK and recently adopted a hamster. 

essa may ranapiri

essa may ranapiri (Ngāti Raukawa ki te Tonga | Ngāti Wehi Wehi | they/them/theirs) if they die before the end of the settler colonial nation state of NZ you owe them a revolution [their first book of poetry ransack out from VUP in 2019]

Harry Reid

Harry Reid is a poet from Melbourne. They co-host sick leave, a monthly reading series at the Gasometer Hotel, and their work can be found in Overland, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review and elsewhere. 

Dadon Rowell

Dadon Rowell is a poet and English master's student at the University of Waikato. Her work has featured in Mayhem and the 2019 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.

Madeleine Slavick

Madeleine Slavick has authored several books of poetry, photography and non-fiction, most recently contributing to Bonsai (Canterbury University Press) and My Body My Business (Otago University Press). She has performed her poetry in several countries and lives in the Wairarapa, where she coordinates the writers' series Wairarapa Word, works for an arts & history museum, and involves herself with various writing, editing, and photography projects.  

Eleanor Smagarinsky

Eleanor is a poet living in Sydney.

Carin Smeaton

Rin lives in Tāmaki Makaurau with her children, Yuga and Kazma.

Luke Sole

Luke Sole is a musician and poet. His poetry has appeared in Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political PoemsSalientCatalystSponge, and Cordite Poetry Review. He lives in Oxford, North Canterbury with his wife and young son.

Loren Thomas

Loren Thomas is a writer based in the Waikato region. She has previously been published in StarlingPoetry New ZealandMayhem, and brief.

Melody Wilkinson

Melody Wilkinson who likes to also go by, Melody May is a PhD candidate at Waikato University. She has been published in Mayhem Literary Journal and her screenplay won the Sam Barn’s Award for excellence. She wants to tell stories for a long time.