Stephen Smithyman is the son of two New Zealand poets, Kendrick Smithyman and Mary Stanley. He is married to the actress, Joy Dunstan, and they have two grown up children, Mia and Pablo. They live in West Preston. Stephen has taught secondary English and Drama for many years, mostly at Melton Secondary College. He began writing comparatively late. He has won awards for both short story writing and poetry. His poems, in particular, have been published in a range of anthologies and magazines. He won the Cancer Council of Victoria award for Outstanding Poem in 2011 and the Poetica Christi Poetry Prize in 2013.
Carole Poustie’s work has appeared in numerous journals, including Swamp, Poetrix, Divan, Writer and Verandah. She convenes the spoken word event ‘Stopping all Stations’ in the eastern suburbs and is a past winner of the Page Seventeen Poetry Competition. Carole reviews for Magpies, has published a children’s novel, Dog Gone, just finished its sequel, and is working on a picture book. She has recently completed her Masters in Writing and Literature and teaches creative writing in several community houses. She works part-time in a listening role for the WellSpring Centre.
Poetica Christi Press is delighted to congratulate one of our authors, Cathy Altmann, whose book Circumnavigation won the 2015 Anne Elder Award for the best first book of poetry published in Australia at the recent Fellowship of Australian Writers National Literary awards. The book is available here
2015 Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writers Festival
Dangerously Poetic and the Byron Bay Writers Festival are sponsoring a national poetry prize to be awarded at the Byron Bay Writers Festival on Saturday, 8 August at an off-site venue, The Lone Goat Gallery, Byron Bay.
Poets are invited to write up to 40 lines on the theme- Change.
Maree Silver’s poetry touches every sense. In Threshold – a miscellany, Maree creates imagery that is uniquely Australian. Tanks lean rustily; corellas squabble; frogs croak challenges from the billabong; the citrussy perfume of lemon-scented gums infuses nostrils while earthy ochres blur into cellophane sky. Raised in the Wimmera, Maree recalls childhood memories of desert, plain and river. They come to glorious, descriptive life through her poetry and exquisite photography, and continue to live in harmony with poems of suburbia, family and adulthood. Threshold – a miscellany – poems of country and city will connect you to the Australia of the Dreamtime and the Australia of today. LEIGH HAY