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In Issue 12:
Nat Baker, ‘Animal Life’: Nat is 36 years old, a mother and public servant. She completed her MCW at the University of Auckland in 2007. She has published short stories and essays in HER, Bravado and Art+Money.
Carolyn Cossey, ‘Pieces’: Carolyn was a flight attendant for Air New Zealand for 19 years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Creative Writing from Manukau Institute of Technology earlier this year, and is now studying for the MCW at the University of Auckland. She has been published in Landfall, Flash Frontier, and in Issue 9 of Headland. She is deeply immersed in her first novel, a work of New Zealand historical fiction.
Andrea Ewing, ‘Selling Yourself’: Andrea is a criminal lawyer and lecturer by day, and a time-poor poet and writer by night. One day she will make it as far as Menton, but for now, Auckland is home.
Aasiya F. M. Glover, ‘The Mississippi Pulls You Under’: is an Asian-American raised in the American South, currently residing in New York City and working as a lawyer. She has published one story in the now-defunct literary magazine Damazine, which was then published out of Syria.
Sijbren Kramer, ‘Basnig’: Sijbren is a Dutch-Filipino new writer studying at the International School of Manila. He’s an avid scuba diver and coral gardener. For the past 3 years, Sijbren has been active in marine conservation on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, helping local fishing communities understand the importance of coral reefs and mangroves.
Isabelle McNeur, ‘Holes’: Isabelle studies at Victoria University of Wellington, where she has completed several IIML courses and plans to complete more. In 2015 she won the Margret Mahy Award for Best Folio at the Hagley Writers’ Institute, and in 2017 she won the Prize for Original Composition in at the IIML. Her writing has been published in journals such as Starling and Aoterotica.
Tracey Schuyt, ‘Bliss’: Tracey lives in Wellington. She was an accountant in a previous life and is now living her dream as a full-time writing student at the IIML in Wellington. She has had stories published in 4th Floor and Turbine.
Rachel Smith, ‘Buttercups and Bullets’: Rachel lives and writes in the Cook Islands. Her flash and short fiction, and poetry, has been published in print and online journals in Aotearoa and overseas. She was placed second in 2017 NZ National Flash Fiction Day, is the joint fiction editor for takahē, and script writer for a feature film ‘Stranded Pearl’, due to be released in 2018. @rachelmsmithnz1 http://rachelmsmithnz.wix.com/rachel-smith
Jillian Sullivan, ‘Ancient Land’: Jillian lives in the Ida Valley, Central Otago. Last year she received the NZSA Peter and Dianne Beatson Fellowship to write about place. Her published books include creative non-fiction, novels, short story collections and poetry. She teaches writing in New Zealand and America. Her awards include the Highlights Fiction Award in America, and the Kathleen Grattan Prize for poetry. Her latest book is the memoir A Way Home, on building her strawbale home. www.jilliansullivan.co.nz
Carly Thomas, ‘Dirt’: Carly’s story is based on the truth: she owns Nancy’s crazy old house in rural Manawatu, which she inhabits with her three kids, husband and three horses.
Jill Varani, ‘My Real Name is Jill’: Jill lives in Auckland with her growing family. She has previously worked in digital advertising, and has a website at http://march8th.ink/.