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Editors and Publishers

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.

Alan Gold, Fiction Editor

Alan Gold has written fifteen books which have been published internationally and in translation. He is also an opinion columnist for The Australian and The Spectator Australia, and book reviewer for The Australian and a number of other magazines.

His recent novels include The Pirate Queen (HarperCollins and Penguin), Warrior Queen (New American Library) and a book of short stories, Minyan (HarperCollins)

Forthcoming books to be published internationally during 2011/12 include The Mechanic, about the Nuremberg trials, The Daughter of the Desert, a fictionalized biography based on the life of Gertrude Bell, the Pretender’s Lady dealing with the romance between Flora Macdonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie, and Lady of the Night, about truth in fiction, and fiction in truth.

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.

Toby Fitch, Reviews Editor (Poetry)

Author and musician Toby Fitch was born in London and raised in Sydney. His chapbook Everyday Staticwas published by Vagabond Press, 2010. His first full-length book of poems Rawshock is forthcoming in 2012 through Puncher & Wattman. He is currently undertaking a creative doctorate on Rimbaud, Mallarmé and various poetic tropes, including mistranslation, concrete and absinthe poetry, at Sydney University. He is the poetry reviews editor for Southerly.

Kate Livett, Reviews Editor (Prose)

Kate Livett wrote her PhD on Gertrude Stein and the fetishisms of Modernity. She lectured in English Literature and Communications for several years at UNSW and then several more at ACU. Kate has published in the areas of Modernism, Animal Studies and Cultural Studies, and is now enjoying a rest from teaching in her role as a Research Assistant.

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.

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