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Josephine Rowe's poetry and short fiction have been published in HEAT, Island, Overland, Best Australian Poems and The Age and read on Radio National. Her collection of short stories, How a Moth Becomes a Boat, will be re-released by Hunter Publishers early 2010. She is currently Poetry Editor for harvest.

Rebecca Giggs is a Western Australian writer working in fiction and creative non-fiction around environmental themes. In 2010 her work can be read in Overland, Cutwater, The Boom Project, Stop Drop & Roll and Herding Kites: A Celebration of Australian Fiction.

James Quinton is a Perth-based writer/landscape architect who writes about and works on the Swan River. In September/October 2009 James rode his bicycle from Perth to Melbourne; a chapbook, The River Tarmac, is the result of that adventure. You can obtain a copy from him on the day of the reading.

Patrick Pittman is variously a broadcaster, editor, community organiser, businessman, blogger, journalist and writer of fictions. He was once, for a few glorious months, the nightshift carer of a supercomputer. In 2010 he is developing a major theatre work with WA company Hydra Poesis,

Amber Fresh was born in Kalgoorlie. She has published in journals, 'zines, and websites and is the author of one solo book of poetry, Between You and Me. Recurrent themes include concrete, Vonnegut novels and boys with biblical names. Amber runs General Knowledge Club and the Perfect Thursday Club and is committed to propagating kindness.

Scott-Patrick Mitchell was the winner of the 2009 PressPress Chapbook Award for Poetry for his collection songs for the ordinary mass. He'll also appear as one of three emerging WA poets in Fremantle Press' 2010 release Shorelines 2.

Byron Bard is the greatest poet of his and every other generation. Admired by men and feared by women, his life is dedicated to holding a mirror up to art. He abhors two-thirds of sex, drugs and rocking roll, but fully embraces wine, women and song. When not working on his upcoming collection, I Have So Much to Teach You: the erotic poetry of Byron Bard, he gazes wistfully into the night sky.

Simon Cox was the young writer in residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in 2008, where he produced a short work of poetry, Book Lung. He has since been published in Going Down Swinging, The Sleepers Almanac and The Words We Found: the best writing from 21 years of Voiceworks magazine.

Tom Cho's stories have appeared in publications in Australia and overseas and he has performed at festivals around the country, including in the award-winning show Hello Kitty. His latest novel is Look Who's Morphing.

Eleanor Catton was born in Canada and raised in New Zealand. She received several prizes for her first novel, The Rehearsal, including the 2008 Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship to the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she is currently based.

Judith Lanigan is a freelance circus artist best known for her interpretation of The Dying Swan, performed with 30 hula hoops. Her writing includes fiction and non-fiction and a feature film treatment currently optioned by a UK-based film producer. A True History of the Hula Hoop is her first novel.

Samuel Wagan Watson is an award-winning poet and professional raconteur. Smoke Encrypted Whispers won the 2005 NSW Premier's Award and the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize. He has performed throughout the world and was recently commissioned to write haiku for astronauts on the International Space Platform. Samuel is a writer for one of Australia's most established Indigenous radio stations, 98.9FM Murri Country.