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i am for - poetry competition


Photo: Hugh Stewart

Photo: Hugh Stewart

Mark Mordue

 Mark Mordue has published two works of poetry, the book Darlinghurst Funeral Rites (Transit Lounge, 2017) and the chapbook Things That Year (Vagabond Press, 2014). He is the 2010 Pascall Prize: Australian Critic of the Year and the former editor of Neighbourhood Paper. He is also the author of the travel memoir Dastgah: Diary of a Headtrip (Allen and Unwin, 2001) and a children’s book, The Hollow Tree (Addi Road, 2019). Darlinghurst Funeral Rites was recently republished in the USA by Reprobate Books.

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Miriam Hechtman

Miriam Hechtman is a Sydney based poet, journalist and events producer. She is passionate about women’s rights, rituals and community and feels particularly alive when meeting new people, listening to their stories and connecting with them. Miriam founded and hosts the successful monthly poetry night POETICA in Bondi and also writes poetry under the insta handle @_fourlines_. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia with four Holocaust survivor grandparents, a fate that has informed and developed her interest in dealing with trauma, more specifically trans generational trauma, a theme that often surfaces in her creative endeavours. She is mother to two daughters and wife to one man.

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Katerina Cosgrove

Katerina has co-owned café-bookshops (Sappho Books, gertrude & alice) and taught at the University of Technology, Sydney, where she was awarded her BA (Honours) and Doctorate in Creative Arts (Australian Postgraduate Award). She is the author of two novels, The Glass Heart (HarperCollins, 2000), Bone Ash Sky (Hardie Grant, 2013) and prize-winning short stories. Bone Ash Sky was shortlisted for the Writing Australia Unpublished Manuscript Award in 2012.

Katerina’s novella, Intimate Distance (Text) was one of the winners of the Griffith Review/CAL Novella Prize in 2012. She has appeared on SBS, ABC and BBC TV and radio and written for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Australian Author, Daily Life, The Big Issue, SBS Life, The Huffington Post, whimn, 10 Daily, Kidspot and Dumbo Feather, as well as published in prose and poetry anthologies. Her work has been translated into Greek, Spanish, French, Armenian, Chinese, Korean and Italian. Katerina has been the recipient of Australia Council grants and residencies in Australia and overseas. She has co-judged the Nib Literary Award from 2014 and writes obituaries through her site

Katerina has recently completed a cli-fi (climate change science fiction) novel, 2084. She is currently working on a true crime title and a novella, Zorba the Buddha, based on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh/Osho’s time in Crete. For more information, visit, Twitter @katcosgrove, or Katerina’s author website