E. Kristin Anderson grew up in Westbrook, Maine and is a graduate of Connecticut College. She has a fancy diploma that says “B.A. in Classics,” which makes her sound smart but has not helped her get any jobs in Ancient Rome. Once upon a time she worked for The New Yorker magazine, but she decided being a grown up just wasn’t for her. Currently living in Austin, Texas, Ms. Anderson is an assistant editor at Hunger Mountain for their YA and Children’s section. With her pal Miranda Kenneally, Ms. Anderson is the co-editor of the upcoming DEAR TEEN ME anthology (Zest Books, 2012), based on the website of the same name. As a poet she has been published worldwide in around two dozen literary journals from the indie-queen Fuselit, to the prestigious Cimarron Review. She hand-wrote her first trunk book at sixteen. It was about the band Hanson and may or may not still be in a notebook at her parents’ house. Look out for Ms. Anderson’s work the forthcoming anthology COIN OPERA II, a collection of poems about video games from Sidekick Books.
E’s literary influences include Francesca Lia Block, Louse Glück, William Butler Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop, Chris Carter (of The X Files), and Emily Dickinson (whom she pretended to be named after as a child).
Amber Beilharz grew up in the thin alleyways of Rozelle, Sydney. Though, she has been living in Melbourne, Australia for the best part of a more than a decade and this place is basically her blood-beat. She has a Diploma in Professional Editing & Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing and Literature at Deakin University. In 2009, two of her fiction pieces were shortlisted for the Judith Rodriguez Prize. In 2010, she was 1 of 5 on the Editorial Committee for Verandah Literary & Art Journal #25. She has been a poetry editor at Voiceworks Magazine since issue 2010 #81 ‘Birthmark’. Amber plays writer, poet, selective artist, is a regular giggler and still has an unreasonable fear of escalators. Her poetry can be found in Voiceworks Magazine #77, #80, #82 and nonfiction in #86. You can also find her within dotdotdash magazine #5 ‘Feast’ and Verandah Literary & Art Journal #24. Her poetry has also appeared in Hands Like Mirrors, a NZ/Aust. collective and prose in Hunger Mountain. Audio exists over at Soundzine, as well as part of radio segment Spoken Word.
A’s literary persuasions include Phillip Levine, Dorothy Porter, Neruda, Plath, MTC Cronin, Robyn Rowland, Yeats, Sonya Hartnett and Kate Grenville.
Helen Harvey grew up in the English West Country, famed for its cheese and cider, but is planning her imminent escape to Sherwood Forest. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English, though it hasn’t made her a millionaire yet. She has won Foyle Young Poets twice and the Mapleton-Bree prize for poetry. Her poems and short stories have been published in the National Poetry Society online magazine, Polluto, etcetera, and Gloom Cupboard, and most recently in the flash fiction collection Under the Stairs (Divertir, 2011). Her first poetry collection for children/teens DOG AT THE END OF THE WORLD will be published by March Hamilton Media later this year. Helen also teaches poetry to young people at Kilve court, and shortly to the unsuspecting youth of the East Midlands’ schools.
Helen’s literary influences include but are not limited to: Diana Wynne Jones, Meg Rosoff, John Milton, Daniel Defoe, Robert Browning, Andy Stanton, Philip Pullman, Hans Christian Anderson and Beth Webb.
Chauncy Perry is an accountant by day, poet/editor by night living in a tiny town outside Toronto, Canada with a small horde of animals and humans. In the six years he has bothered to take writing half-seriously, he has spewed for publication roughly 20 more poems than his harem of geckos have eggs. He has been published in various indie global and not-so-indie Canadian magazines (including upcoming work in Hart House Review, most recently) and co-founded one of his own—Notes To The Future—although if anything he now takes writing less seriously as a result. Find him tweeting irrelevance and rants about soap operas at @tiganesc.
Chauncy’s literary influences include Anne Sexton, Grace Metalious, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Timothy Findley, Sarah from below, the entire genre of Mexican magic realism, Little Edie, and the dialogue writers of old episodes of Another World.
Sarah Stanton grew up in Perth, Western Australia. Halfway through university, she abandoned a promising career in not having much of a career when she transferred from an opera performance course into a Chinese language major, having fallen for the Middle Kingdom more or less overnight. Three years, two exchange programs and one potential firework accident later, she has settled in Beijing as a freelance translator and editor specialising in contemporary literature. As a writer, she has been published in a variety of magazines and indie projects, including Clarkesworld, Voiceworks, Hunger Mountain, Asian Cha Journal and dotdotdash. She is a recipient of the Talus Prize and was recently shortlisted for the James White Award. She blogs at theduckopera.com and tweets @theduckopera.
Sarah’s literary influences include Richard Brautigan, Anis Mojgani, Haruki Murakami, Gerald Durrell, Billy Collins, a number of other poets and authors, and the shit Beijing taxi drivers come out with at two in the morning.
Broede Carmody lives in Melbourne. He is a poetry editor for Voiceworks magazine and has had poetry published in a variety of print and online journals. He is currently studying journalism at RMIT University and lives in a house full of writers and editors. He has a penchant for typewriters, Scandinavia and chai. He tweets via @BroedeCarmody.
Broede’s literary influences include the poets Gwen Harwood, Pablo Neruda, Judith Beveridge and Claire Potter.