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Issue Seven - The Eco Issue


David J Kennedy

David J Kennedy is a poet and non-fiction writer based in Sydney’s Inner West. His recent work appears in Roi Fainéant Press, South Florida Poetry Journal, and The Jupiter Review, with poetry forthcoming in the Lovers Literary Journal. He holds Master’s degrees in Ageing (University of Melbourne) and Business Administration (University of Canberra), while themes of ageing, nature, and sustainability feature prominently in his writing. David can be found on Twitter @DavidJKennedy_ or running breathless laps of Iron Cove Bay.

Gregory Piko

Gregory Piko was joint winner of the WB Yeats Poetry Prize. His poems have also been commended in the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize and the New Zealand International Poetry Competition. His writing has appeared in Westerly, Meniscus, StylusLit, the Liquid Amber Prize Anthology, Poetry for the Planet, Poetry d'Amour, Authora Australis, Communion Arts Journal and The Canberra Times among other places. Please visit

John Muro

Twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize and, more recently, the Best of the Net Award, John Muro is a resident of Connecticut, a graduate of Trinity College and a lover of all things chocolate. He has published two volumes of poems -- In the Lilac Hour and Pastoral Suite -- in 2020 and 2022, respectively. Both books are available on Amazon and elsewhere. John's poems have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including Acumen, Authora Australis, Barnstorm, Moria, River Heron, New Square, Sky Island and the valparaiso Review.

Kate Maxwell

Kate Maxwell has been published and awarded in Australian and International literary magazines. Her first poetry anthology, Never Good at Maths was published in 2021, and her second anthology will be forthcoming in 2023. Kate’s interests include film, wine, and sleeping. She can be found at

Laura Koens

A freelance writer of essays, poetry and articles, Laura lives on the lands of the Menang Noongar peoples, in the southwest of Western Australia. Laura's work draws on the beauty of nature, and the place and experience of humankind, within both its softness and ferocity.

Lenore Balliro

Lenore Balliro lives in Gloucester, MA. She has been published in the Atlanta Review, Louisville Review, Prose Poem Project, minnesota review, and many other journals and anthologies. She is a former recipient of the RI State Council of the Arts award for poetry, the Gloucester Writers Center Bianchini Flash Fiction award, and the Alms House Press chapbook award.

Lucy Alexander

Lucy is a resident of Gorman + Ainslie Arts Centre in Canberra. ‘Strokes of Light’ (2020) is her third collection. Her prose poetry earned her the 2022 CAPO Cook Creative Writing Award as well as being shortlisted for the Word Prose Poetry Award, 2022.

Michael Aiken

Michael Aiken is a grateful four-time recipient of a unique & delightful child.

He is a graduate of the University of Wollongong's undergraduate program in Writing and also completed honours in English Literature at UNE, with a thesis investigating interactions between built and organic environments in the poetry of contemporary US poet August Kleinzahler.

He is neurodiverse and has successfully applied that strength to a 13 year career in the NSW security industry, before switching to strategic communications in health and education.

Since 2019 he has been the owner and manager of Garden Lounge Creative Space, a specialist poetry bookstore and licenced cafe in Newtown, Sydney.

He is the author of two collections of poetry - A Vicious Example (GPP 2014), which was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize for poetry, and The Little Book of Sunlight and Maggots (UWA 2019). In 2016 he was awarded the inaugural Australian Book Review Laureate's Fellowship in order to write his verse novel Satan Repentant (UWA 2018), under the mentorship of David Malouf.

Nola Firth

In addition to academic publications and a biography Nola Firth has published two poetry collections: Even if the Sun (Melbourne Poets Union, 2013), and Counting on Murwillumbah, (Mark Time Books, 2018). Nola has been short listed for several national poetry prizes, won the Byron Writers Festival Dangerously Poetic Poetry Prize in 2017 and was equal winner of the Rhonda Jancovic Literary Award in 2015. She holds a Phd and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and a Churchill Fellow. She moved from Victoria to Murwillumbah New South Wales in 2016 and in 2022 was elected as a Greens Councillor for the Tweed Shire Council.

Roger Camp

Roger Camp lives in Seal Beach, CA, USA where he muses over his orchids, walks the pier, plays blues piano and spends afternoons reading under an Angel's Trumpet with a charm of hummingbirds. When he's not at home, he's photographing in the Old World. His work has appeared in Pank, Rust+Moth, Gulf Coast, Southern Poetry Review and Nimrod.

Sophie Finlay

Sophie Finlay is a visual artist and poet. She lives, works and creates on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Her poetry is published in multiple journals including Meanjin, Australian Poetry Journal, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain journal, the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self, UWAP and more. She has also been a finalist in several art prizes including the John Leslie Art Prize and the Salon des Refuses exhibition, Lethbridge Landscape Prize. Sophie is currently a PhD candidate in literary studies and creative writing at Deakin University.

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