Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She worked as a high school teacher and freelance journalist, then published her first novel, Monkey Grip, in 1977. She has published novels and short story collections including The Children’s Bach, Postcards from Surfers, and The Spare Room. In recent years her interest in courts and the law has inspired the non-fiction books Joe Cinque’s Consolation
and This House of Grief. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 an international Windham Campbell Award for her body of non-fiction work.
Barry Hill has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. His most recent book is the Reason and Lovelessness; Essays, Encounters, Reviews 1980–2017, which derives from his major works, including Broken Song (his biography of the anthropologist TGH Strehlow), and Peacemongers (about the history of bombing and the peace-making life of Rabindranath Tagore). His poetic works include major studies of William Buckley, ’the wild white man’, and the celebrated English painter, Lucian Freud, which was shortlisted for the UK’s Forward Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologised. His selected poems, Eagerly We Burn, has recently been released by Shearsman Books in the UK. He lives in Queenscliff with his wife, the singer-songwriter.
Amitava Kumar is a writer and journalist. He was born in Ara, India and grew up in the nearby town of Patna, famous for its corruption, crushing poverty, and delicious mangoes. Kumar is the author of several books of nonfiction and two novels. His prize-winning book A Foreigner Carrying in the Crook of His Arm a Tiny Bomb (2010) was described by The New York Times as a “perceptive and soulful meditation on the global war on terror and its cultural and human repercussions.” His latest book, Immigrant, Montana:
A Novel (2018) was named one of the books of the year by The New Yorker and included in the list of notable books of the year by The New York Times. Kumar lives in Poughkeepsie, in upstate New York, where he is Helen D. Lockwood Professor of English at Vassar College. Professor Kumar has been honoured with residencies at Yaddo, the Norman Mailer Center, and Bellagio; he has also been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship as well as a Ford Fellowship in Literature from United States Artists.
Paul Kane is a poet, critic, and scholar. He has published seven collections of poems and a dozen other books, most recently Welcome Light (2016) Renga: 100 Poems (with John Kinsella, 2017), and A Passing Bell: Ghazals for Tina (2018). His work appears in the US, Australia, and the UK, and has
been translated into French, Italian and Chinese. He has received several awards, including a Fulbright, Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as an honorary doctorate from La Trobe University. He is poetry editor for Antipodes, artistic director for the Mildura Writers Festival, and general editor of The Braziller Series of Australian Poets. He teaches at Vassar College, and divides his time between homes
in Warwick, NY, and rural Victoria.
Bella Li is the author of Argosy (Vagabond Press, 2017),
which won the 2018 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry and the 2018 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Poetry. Her second book, Lost Lake (Vagabond Press, 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 QLD Literary Award for Poetry.
Her writing and artwork has been published in various journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems, ABR, Overland, Meanjin, Rabbit, NGV Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Archives of American Art Journal, and Western Humanities Review.
(Image credit: Leah Jing McIntosh)
A selection of guest writers since 1994
Emilie Zoey Baker
Benjamin Barney, USA
JM Coetzee (Noble Prize & Man Booker)