David Brooks, Editor
David Brooks is a poet (Walking to Point Clear, Urban Elegies, The Balcony), novelist (The House of Balthus, The Fern Tattoo), essayist and writer of short fiction (The Book of Sei, Black Sea, etc.). Before coming to Southerly, he had been, at different times, editor of Helix and The Phoenix Review, North American editor of New Poetry, on the editorial boards of Westerly, the Logbridge Rhodes Foundation and Canberra Poetry, and founder/editor of the Open Door Press. His work has been widely anthologised, shortlisted for numerous awards (the Miles Franklin, the NSW Premier’s Award, the South Australian Festival Award, the FAW Christina Stead Award, etc.), and translated into many languages. He wrote his PhD in the 1970s on the poetics of Ezra Pound’s early Cantos, and has edited and/or worked closely with A.D. Hope, R.F. Brissenden, Galway Kinnell, Mark Strand and many others. He lives in the Blue Mountains and teaches Australian Literature at the University of Sydney. His latest publications are the novel The Umbrella Club and The Golden Boat, a collection of translations, with Bert Pribac and Teja Brooks Pribac, from the Slovenian poet Srečko Kosovel. He joined the editorial board of Southerly in 1991 and has been its managing co-editor since 1999.
Elizabeth McMahon, Editor
Elizabeth McMahon teaches in the English program at the University of New South Wales, specifically Australian literature, women’s writing and critical theory. Her most research and writing focuses on Australia’s island imaginary and how imaginative geography has shaped Australian literature. With Brigitta Olubas she edited Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis (2006) andRemembering Patrick White: Contemporary Critical Essays (2010) Before taking the co-editorship of Southerly, she edited Australian Humanities Review from 1997-2007.
Kate Lilley, Poetry Editor
Kate Lilley is a poet and academic. She is a member of the English Department of the University of Sydney. Her first book of poems, Versary (Salt 2002), won the Grace Leven Prize and was short-listed for the NSW Premier’s Awards, 2002. Widely anthologised, her second book, Ladylike, is forthcoming from Salt. She has also edited Dorothy Hewett: Selected Poems (UWAP 2010) and the Penguin Classics edition of Margaret Cavendish: The Blazing World and other writings.
Brandl & Schlesinger
Brandl & Schlesinger, celebrating sixteen years of publishing, has a reputation as one of Australia’s most renowned independent publishers. We publish and nurture first time authors, with many of their titles winning major literary awards. We have a diverse list of quality fiction and non-fiction, literary memoir and biography, academic journals, translations and a distinctive poetry list. As an independent publisher we are committed to publishing books that are often overlooked by the multi-national conglomerate publishers, and that appeal to both the national and international market.
Christoper Cyrill, Fiction Reader
Christopher Cyrill is a internationally published novelist, university lecturer in fiction and former fiction editor of Heat Magazine and Giramondo publishing.
Michelle Hamadache, Fiction Reader
Michelle Hamadache teaches English Studies and Creative Writing at Macquarie University. The conviction that writing is an emancipatory step, but that not every product of the imagination is art informs her teaching and her writing practice. She has had publications in Southerly, Parallax, Island and Kunapipi. Her theoretical work explores ethical approaches to representing violence in the Algerian war of independence from France (1954-62). Creatively, she is currently working on a manuscript of collected stories from Kabyle survivors of French internment centres.
Michael Farrell, Poetry Reader
Michael Farrell has published several books and chapbooks of poetry, most recently Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo) and roughly proofed (Sippy Cup). He also has a book on Australian poetics:Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945 (Palgrave Macmillan). He co-wrote the Dick Diver single, “Waste the Alphabet”.
Amelia Dale, Reviews Editor (Poetry)
a j carruthers, Reviews Editor (Poetry)
a.j. carruthers is a contemporary Asian-Australian experimental poet, critic, and author of AXIS Book 1: Areal, the inaugural part of a lifelong long poem: vagabondpress.net/products/a-j-carruthers-axis-book-1-areal. AXIS has been described as an “experimental tour de force” and a long poem with”cosmic ambition.” He is also author of The Tulip Beds: A Toneme Suite (Vagabond 2013) and OPUS 16: on Tehching Hsieh (forthcoming GAUSSpdf 2016). carruthers makes SOd Press with Amelia Dale: staleobjectsdepress.tumblr.com. He holds a PhD from the University of Sydney, and tweets the weather at: twitter.com/axispoet.
Tessa Lunney, Editorial Assistant
Tessa Lunney has had her fiction, poetry, and reviews published in Southerly, Mascara, Cordite, and Contrapasso, among others, as well as Best Australian Poems 2014. Her first novel is currently in development. In 2014 she was the recipient of an Australia Council ArtStart grant. In 2016 she was a recipient of a Varuna PIP Fellowship. She has also been listed for the Helen Bell award, the Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize 2013, and the Griffith Review Novella competition 2012. She has a DCA from the University of Western Sydney on silence in contemporary Australian war fiction. She continues to work as a casual academic at universities around Sydney. She became Southerly’s administrative assistant in late 2008.