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Notes on contributors

Christopher Burns has published five novels, most recently Dust Raising.

Keki N. Daruwalla, one of India’s most distinguished poets, turns seventy this year. His Collected Poems 1970-2005 was published last year by Penguin (India).

Helen Dennis’s Native American Literature is published this year by Routledge.

George Ellenbogen’s New and Selected Poems will be appearing later this year.

Carrie Etter teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University. She has poems forthcoming in The Liberal, PN Review, Poetry Review, the TLS and other journals.

John Goodby’s most recent publications are translations of Heine and (with Tom Cheesman) of the Algerian poet Soleiman Adel Guemar (State of Emergency, Arc, 2007). His poem ‘The Uncles’ won first prize in the 2006 Cardiff International Poetry Competition.

Giles Goodland’s most recent book of poems, Capital, appeared from Salt in 2006.

Michael Heller provides the following note on ‘This Art Burning’: “The words for this work including its title form a matrix used by the composer Ellen Fishman Johnson for her sonata ‘This Art Burning’. The phrase ‘live neither in blacks nor whites’ and its title come from my poem ‘Autobiographia’ which had caught the composer’s attention as she was thinking of the music she would write. She wanted to compose a work expressive of her concerns, something that would speak to her feeling that social, cultural and political thinking had become increasingly rigid and dichotomized. The basis of the piece, repetition and insistent phrasing, required a language of psychic exploration and clarity that the singer could clearly articulate. I took the original poem, stripped it of personal reference and, with a few rewordings, created a grid of language for Ellen to utilize. The work, for soprano, piano and percussion, premiered in November, 2006 in Philadelphia and is being performed again at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. this year.”

Tim Liardet’s most recent book of poems, The Blood Choir (Seren, 2006), was shortlisted for the 2006 T. S. Eliot Prize.

Lydia Macpherson is reading for an M.A. at Royal Holloway.

Anita Mason’s new novel Hummingbird is published next year by John Murray.

Stephen McInerney’s book of poems In Your Absence was published in 2002 by Indigo/Ginninderra. His criticism appears in Quadrant and The Adelaide Review.

Michael McKimm’s poetry recently brought him an Eric Gregory Award from the Society of Authors.

Chris Miller, a contributing editor of The Warwick Review, is chair of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures.

Miriam Obrey has had poems in Quadrant, Smith’s Knoll, Thumbsccrew and elsewhere. She lives in Shropshire.

William Palmer has published a collection of stories and five novels, most recently The India House (Jonathan Cape, 2005). A collection of poems, The Island Rescue, appeared from The Melos Press in May.

Simon Rae is a biographer and playwright, and founder of Top Edge Productions theatre company. His book of poems Gift Horses is reviewed on p. 151.

Jaya Savige’s first book of poems, Latecomers (UQP, 2005), won the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Prize and the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. He currently has the Australia Council’s six-month residency at the Whiting Library in Rome.

Elizabeth Smither’s most recent publications are a novel, Different Kinds of Pleasure (Penguin New Zealand, 2006) and A Question of Gravity: Selected Poems (Arc, 2004). A new collection of poems, The Year of Adverbs, is due from Auckland University Press in August.

Gerard Smyth works for The Irish Times and is the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent being A New Tenancy (Dedalus Press, 2004). A new collection, The Mirror Tent, is due from Dedalus shortly.

Susan Stewart’s most recent book of poetry is Columbarium which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award. A former MacArthur Fellow, she is currently Professor of English at Princeton University.

John Tranter’s Urban Myths: 210 Poems was published in 2006 by Salt. He is the editor of Jacket magazine.