Lit-Mag #46


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I am a poet and essayist on poetry and poetics, literature and film. With a Doctorate in Creative Arts in the areas of Epic Poetry and Old Norse poetry, its history and criticism and have read my work to academic conferences and literary festivals in Australia and Germany. Read my introductionBev Braune, Sydney

Jordie Albiston has published eight poetry collections. Two of her books have been adapted for music-theatre, both enjoying seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Jordie’s work has won many awards, including the 2010 NSW Premier’s Prize. “Over the last couple of years I have been working on developing poetic forms derived from various mathematical algorithms. The pieces I am sending are based on the plane angle. For your interest, Euclid defines the plane angle as ‘the inclination to one another of two lines in a plane which meet one another and do not lie in a straight line’. The form here comprises two voices (one flush with the left-hand margin, one indented), which can be read as two separate narratives, both meeting and finding resolution in the (shared) final line. Each couplet (with the exception of the first) begins with the same word, & lines are decasyllabic. None of this should matter, though, as I always think form should be invisible!” Jordie Albiston, Melbourne, Australia.

Justin Clemens gained his PhD from the University of Melbourne. He has published extensively on psychoanalysis, contemporary European philosophy, and contemporary Australian art and literature. His recent books include Lacan Deleuze Badiou (Edinburgh UP 2014), with A.J. Bartlett and Jon Roffe; Psychoanalysis is an Antiphilosophy (Edinburgh UP 2013); and Minimal Domination (Surpllus 2011). He was founding Secretary of the Lacan Circle of Melbourne (2004-2009), and was the art critic for the Australian magazine The Monthly (2004-2009). In addition to his scholarly work, he is well-known nationally as a commentator on Australian art and literature, and his essays and reviews have appeared in The Age, The Australian, The Monthly, Meanjin, Overland, Arena Magazine, TEXT, Un Magazine, Discipline, The Sydney Review of Books, and many others. He is currently Senior Lecturer in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne.

Roger Dean is a composer/improviser, and a research professor in music cognition and computation at the MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney. He founded and directs the sound and multimedia ensemble austraLYSIS. His creative work is on 40 commercial audio CDs, and he has released numerous digital intermedia pieces. His 400 research publications include five books on improvisation. Previously he was CEO of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, and then Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra. See: Roger Dean / Greg White / Hazel Smith – See more about his creative work at

Nova Longhurst wrote three poems and takes an interest in social justice. She is studying creative writing at Southern Cross University. She has published poetry in the Australian journal, Thylazine and in the US zine Boston Poetry Magazine, and the article ‘The Real Beauty Race’ for All Together Now. Nova also works with texts in mixed medium and installation and her installation work ‘On Talking’ was part of the Khalil Gibran Remix poetry installation, Bankstown Arts Centre, Australia 2014.

Phil Norton aka Preachermansays is a writer, performer, composer and text-fusion artist. Read and listen to Nighttime Prayer (Madrigal Mix). He is the recipient of two Australian national poetry awards: The Vanguard LiterARTure Award, and the Newcastle Poetry Prize for New Media Poetry. He has written two books: Teach Yourself Atomic Physics and Everything Must Go, and is Co-Editor with Todd Swift of Short Fuse: The Global Anthology of New Fusion Poetry, published by Rattapallax, New York.

Tegan Jane Schetrumpf writes poetry, (like The Dr. Seuss of Denial), essays and creative non-fiction. She gained her Bachelor of Medical Science and Master of Letters in English from the University of Sydney, where she is currently researching traditionalism in millennial Australian poetry. Shortlisted for the 2013 Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman poetry prize, Tegan has been published in zines, journals and anthologies, including The Suburban Review, Contrappasso, Axon, Theory of Everything, Wet Ink, Southerly, Meanjin, Antipodes, Long Glances, and A Slow Combusting Hymn, and is an editorial assistant for the fledgling journal, New Trad.

Hazel Smith – The wrong Tom Jenks – is a research professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney. She is author of The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing, Allen and Unwin, 2005 and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, Liverpool University Press, 2000. She is co-author of Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945, Harwood Academic, 1997 and co-editor with Roger Dean of Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press, 2009. She is co-editor with Roger Dean of soundsRite, a journal of new media writing and sound, based at the University of Western Sydney. Her monograph on the contemporary literature-music relationship will be published by Routledge in 2016. Hazel is a poet, performer and new media artist, and has published three volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work and numerous multimedia works. Her latest volume of creative work, with accompanying CD Rom, is The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works, Tinfish Press, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2008. Her next volume will be published by Giramondo publishing in 2015. She is a member of austraLYSIS, the sound and intermedia arts group, and has performed her work extensively in US, Europe, UK and Australasia. She also had a previous career as a professional violinist. – Her website is at

Greg White is a performer, composer, programmer and educator. He is currently Associate Dean (Production) and Head of Composition & Music Production at Australian Institute of Music (Sydney), having also designed and presented courses at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Australian Film Television & Radio School, Macquarie University, University of NSW, University of Wollongong and University of Tasmania. He has been a core member of the innovative inter-media group austraLYSIS (from 1991) and jazz/world music group Gest8 (from 2004). His creative output has been presented at British Film Institute, Cannes, Clermont-Ferrand and Sydney film festivals; Huddersfield (UK), New Crowned Hope (Vienna), Festival International d’Art Lyrique, Aix en Provence, (France), Lincoln Centre (NYC), Auckland, Wangaratta, Sydney and Melbourne Festivals; all major museums and galleries in Australia’s eastern states; all major theatre companies in Sydney; on many web projects (including William Duckworth’s 48hour Cathedra Project in 2001 with Roger Dean) and in many national and international collaborations with artists such as Ross Gibson, Kate Richards, Richard Vella, Norie Neumark, Lynette Wallworth and Susan Norrie. In 2007 Greg spent a month residency in CCMIX (Center for the Composition of Music Iannis Xenakis), Paris. In 2010 he performed The Hollow Air with the Australian Art Orchestra at the Melbourne Festival, and in Denmark and UK with austraLYSIS. See: Roger Dean / Greg White / Hazel Smith – Greg’s website is at

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