Tony Birch is the author of the books Shadowboxing (2006), Father's Day (2009), Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award, and The Promise (2014).  His new novel, Ghost River, was released in October 2015.  Both his fiction and nonfiction has been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, both in Australia and internationally.  He is currently the the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Centre at Victoria University.

Tony Birch is the author of the books Shadowboxing (2006), Father's Day (2009), Blood (2011), shortlisted for the Miles Franklin literary award, and The Promise (2014).  His new novel, Ghost River, was released in October 2015.  Both his fiction and nonfiction has been published widely in literary magazines and anthologies, both in Australia and internationally.  He is currently the the inaugural Bruce McGuinness Research Fellow within the Moondani Balluk Centre at Victoria University.

Leonie Brialey is a writer, cartoonist, and musician. She is interested in sincerity.

Leonie Brialey is a writer, cartoonist, and musician. She is interested in sincerity.

Caroline Anderson aka Crystal Diamond is an existential rogue scholar who subscribes to her own founded philosophy, The Party Within (a smart casual connecting principle). Currently writing a book of the same name, Caroline perpetually unpacks snack-sized renditions of her explosive psychic experiences in a roundabout oblique fashion that draws newcomers into the story as it is penned.

Caroline Anderson aka Crystal Diamond is an existential rogue scholar who subscribes to her own founded philosophy, The Party Within (a smart casual connecting principle). Currently writing a book of the same name, Caroline perpetually unpacks snack-sized renditions of her explosive psychic experiences in a roundabout oblique fashion that draws newcomers into the story as it is penned.

Lian Low is a writer, editor and spoken word artist. Lian is currently Editor-at-Large with Peril. Her work has featured in When Our Children Come Out (ed Maria Pallota-Chiarolli), Growing Up Asian in Australia (ed Alice Pung), Kill Your Darlings and various queer street magazines.  As a spoken word artist, Lian has performed in various Melbourne arts festivals and in 2015 returns to the Melaka Art and Performance Festival in Malaysia. In 2015, she will be working as a writer on Victoria Chiu's and Kristina Chan's collaborative dance performance, Do you speak Chinese?

Lian Low is a writer, editor and spoken word artist. Lian is currently Editor-at-Large with Peril. Her work has featured in When Our Children Come Out (ed Maria Pallota-Chiarolli), Growing Up Asian in Australia (ed Alice Pung), Kill Your Darlings and various queer street magazines.  As a spoken word artist, Lian has performed in various Melbourne arts festivals and in 2015 returns to the Melaka Art and Performance Festival in Malaysia. In 2015, she will be working as a writer on Victoria Chiu's and Kristina Chan's collaborative dance performance, Do you speak Chinese?

Connor Tomas O'Brien is a writer, designer, & creative type based in Melbourne. He is the director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, designer of Voiceworks magazine, and co-founder of ebookstore platform Tomely.

Connor Tomas O'Brien is a writer, designer, & creative type based in Melbourne. He is the director of the Digital Writers’ Festival, designer of Voiceworks magazine, and co-founder of ebookstore platform Tomely.

Benjamin Lichtenstein is a visual artist working predominantly in black and white photography. Photo: Thomas Jeppe

Benjamin Lichtenstein is a visual artist working predominantly in black and white photography.
Photo: Thomas Jeppe

Megan Cope is a contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist whose work has been exhibited throughout Australia and the world. Her work appears in various public art collections nationally, including at Australian Parliament House.

Megan Cope is a contemporary Australian Aboriginal artist whose work has been exhibited throughout Australia and the world. Her work appears in various public art collections nationally, including at Australian Parliament House.

Eloise Grills is a maker of comics, a columnist for SPOOK Magazine, a co-editor of AntiTHESIS Journal, and writes interviews, sometimes, at Grilling Me Softly.Her work has been featured in Scum, Overland, The Suburban Review, The Age, The Lifted Brow, and Killings. She sometimes worries that her bio sounds like it belongs to a computer analyst's LinkedIn.

Eloise Grills is a maker of comics, a columnist for SPOOK Magazine, a co-editor of AntiTHESIS Journal, and writes interviews, sometimes, at Grilling Me Softly.Her work has been featured in Scum, Overland, The Suburban Review, The Age, The Lifted Brow, and Killings. She sometimes worries that her bio sounds like it belongs to a computer analyst's LinkedIn.

Laura Stortenbeker is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. Her work has been published in Overland, The Review of Australian Fiction, Stilts and Voiceworks.

Laura Stortenbeker is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. Her work has been published in Overland, The Review of Australian Fiction, Stilts and Voiceworks.

Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW who grew up on Gamilaroi country in Tingha and Inverell. Creator of Sovereign Trax music blog and Co-editor of the Sovereign Apocalypse zine. She also writes for Indigenous music culture website Revolutions Per Minute. Hannah has worked for a number of years in Indigenous social justice at the Human Rights Commission and other community organisations.

Hannah Donnelly is a Wiradjuri woman from NSW who grew up on Gamilaroi country in Tingha and Inverell. Creator of Sovereign Trax music blog and Co-editor of the Sovereign Apocalypse zine. She also writes for Indigenous music culture website Revolutions Per Minute. Hannah has worked for a number of years in Indigenous social justice at the Human Rights Commission and other community organisations.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013). Her critically acclaimed first fiction book, Foreign Soil (Hachette 2014), won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and was shortlisted for the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. She is the recipient of the 2014 Hazel Rowley fellowship for her forthcoming memoir The Hate Race. Photo: Nicholas Walton-Healey

Maxine Beneba Clarke is an Australian writer and slam poet of Afro-Caribbean descent. She is the author of the poetry collections Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (Picaro Press, 2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (Picaro Press, 2013). Her critically acclaimed first fiction book, Foreign Soil (Hachette 2014), won the 2013 Victorian Premier’s Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and was shortlisted for the 2014 Readings New Australian Writing Award. She is the recipient of the 2014 Hazel Rowley fellowship for her forthcoming memoir The Hate Race.
Photo: Nicholas Walton-Healey

Ben Walter's fiction has appeared in Overland, Griffith Review, Island and The Lifted Brow. He lives in Tasmania.

Ben Walter's fiction has appeared in Overland, Griffith Review, Island and The Lifted Brow. He lives in Tasmania.

Sam Wallman is a queer political cartoonist and comics journalist. He edits the original artwork in Overland Literary Journal.

Sam Wallman is a queer political cartoonist and comics journalist. He edits the original artwork in Overland Literary Journal.

Rhianna Boyle works as a research assistant in the zoology department at the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Best Australian Science Writing 2014.

Rhianna Boyle works as a research assistant in the zoology department at the University of Melbourne. Her writing has appeared in The Lifted Brow and Best Australian Science Writing 2014.

Sherwin Akbarzadeh and Rebecca Liley are two artists with distinct backgrounds. Sherwin is a director and cinematographer working in music video, narrative and documentary and is particularly interested in cinematic realism. Rebecca has spent most of her professional career working with issues associated with personal safety, crime and justice in the community and seeks to explore these themes through film and text.

Sherwin Akbarzadeh and Rebecca Liley are two artists with distinct backgrounds. Sherwin is a director and cinematographer working in music video, narrative and documentary and is particularly interested in cinematic realism. Rebecca has spent most of her professional career working with issues associated with personal safety, crime and justice in the community and seeks to explore these themes through film and text.

Timothy Rodgers is a freelance illustrator and an architect at 6 Degrees. He is interested in the way people connect with place and his illustration projects have titles like Normal Street Japan, Very Local Landmarks, and Milkbars of the Inner North. His work can sometimes be found in Smith Journal.

Timothy Rodgers is a freelance illustrator and an architect at 6 Degrees. He is interested in the way people connect with place and his illustration projects have titles like Normal Street Japan, Very Local Landmarks, and Milkbars of the Inner North. His work can sometimes be found in Smith Journal.

Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based poet and writer and the Sex Editor at SPOOK magazine. Her short fiction, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in SPOOK, Seizure, Scum, The Lifted Brow, Stilts, The Suburban Review and others.

Emma Marie Jones is a Melbourne-based poet and writer and the Sex Editor at SPOOK magazine. Her short fiction, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in SPOOK, Seizure, Scum, The Lifted Brow, Stilts, The Suburban Review and others.

Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Aeon, Overland, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Guardian, while her stories have been widely published and anthologised in collections including Best Australian Stories 2011 and The Best of the Lifted Brow (2013). Her first non-fiction book will be published by Scribe in 2015.

Rebecca Giggs writes about ecology and environmental imagination, animals, landscape, politics and memory. Her essays and reviews have appeared in Aeon, Overland, Meanjin, Australian Book Review and The Guardian, while her stories have been widely published and anthologised in collections including Best Australian Stories 2011 and The Best of the Lifted Brow (2013). Her first non-fiction book will be published by Scribe in 2015.

Ellen van Neerven is a Brisbane-based writer. She is the 2013 winner of the David Unaipon Award. Her first book, Heat and Light was released in 2014.   Ellen’s writing has appeared widely in publications such as McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Ora Nui and Mascara Literary Review.  Ellen works at the State Library of Queensland as part of the black&write! Indigenous writing and editing project which aims to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Ellen is the editor of the digital collection Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.

Ellen van Neerven is a Brisbane-based writer. She is the 2013 winner of the David Unaipon Award. Her first book, Heat and Light was released in 2014.  
Ellen’s writing has appeared widely in publications such as McSweeney’s, Review of Australian Fiction, The Lifted Brow, Voiceworks, Ora Nui and Mascara Literary Review
Ellen works at the State Library of Queensland as part of the black&write! Indigenous writing and editing project which aims to support and promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. Ellen is the editor of the digital collection Writing Black: New Indigenous Writing from Australia.

Laura Jean Englert is a songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. She is well known in Australia for her unique and enjoyable songs. She is often joined by clarinets etc.

Laura Jean Englert is a songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. She is well known in Australia for her unique and enjoyable songs. She is often joined by clarinets etc.

James Robert Douglas is a freelance cultural critic and Interviews Editor at The Lifted Brow.

James Robert Douglas is a freelance cultural critic and Interviews Editor at The Lifted Brow.

Ellen Murphy is a lawyer. After graduating, she interned with the Central Land Council in Alice Springs before returning to Melbourne and working as a Judge's Associate in the criminal list of the County Court for a number of years. She is currently balancing part-time jobs as a criminal lawyer, a family violence lawyer and a research assistant with looking after a soon-to-be toddler.

Ellen Murphy is a lawyer. After graduating, she interned with the Central Land Council in Alice Springs before returning to Melbourne and working as a Judge's Associate in the criminal list of the County Court for a number of years. She is currently balancing part-time jobs as a criminal lawyer, a family violence lawyer and a research assistant with looking after a soon-to-be toddler.

Steph Hughes was born on the most glamorous (unverified) of Halley's Comet years (1986) in Wangaratta Base Hospital, where she holds the record for 'biggest baby head' and 'biggest baby monobrow'. She now plays music (Dick Diver, Boomgates) and works doing illustrations, paintings and screenprints for all-sorts from her little queer print grotto - Dag Press -  in Brunswick.

Steph Hughes was born on the most glamorous (unverified) of Halley's Comet years (1986) in Wangaratta Base Hospital, where she holds the record for 'biggest baby head' and 'biggest baby monobrow'. She now plays music (Dick Diver, Boomgates) and works doing illustrations, paintings and screenprints for all-sorts from her little queer print grotto - Dag Press -  in Brunswick.

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal author and illustrator who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of picture books as well as a dystopian young adult series, 'The Tribe'. When not writing or reading Ambelin works as a law academic at the University of Western Australia. You can find out more about Ambelin on her website at: www.ambelin-kwaymullina.com.au

Ambelin Kwaymullina is an Aboriginal author and illustrator who comes from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Ambelin has written and illustrated a number of picture books as well as a dystopian young adult series, 'The Tribe'. When not writing or reading Ambelin works as a law academic at the University of Western Australia. You can find out more about Ambelin on her website at: www.ambelin-kwaymullina.com.au

Snake and Friends is: Al Montfort was born in Melbourne and grew up in the Latrobe Valley. Since moving back to Melbourne Al has mostly played music with Straightjacket Nation, The UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, Lower Plenty, Eastlink, Russell Street Bombings and sometimes solo as Snake. Al studied Politics and Australian Indigenous studies and has worked in warehouses, shops, markets and posted up posters. Amy Hill lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. When not playing in local bands Constant Mongrel, The Backstabbers or Sleepless Nights, Amy paints images of recurring shapes and geometric forms in unknown spaces. Greyed arches on vacant plains, impossible shadows and absent mindscapes. The wandering consciousness of these paintings seem to shift us into ill-ease by combining inconsistent pattern and familiarity. The pastel glare flattens diminishing space into a blurry kind of dystopia like prozac or denial. Photo: Xanthe Waite

Snake and Friends is:
Al Montfort was born in Melbourne and grew up in the Latrobe Valley. Since moving back to Melbourne Al has mostly played music with Straightjacket Nation, The UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver, Lower Plenty, Eastlink, Russell Street Bombings and sometimes solo as Snake. Al studied Politics and Australian Indigenous studies and has worked in warehouses, shops, markets and posted up posters.
Amy Hill lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria. When not playing in local bands Constant Mongrel, The Backstabbers or Sleepless Nights, Amy paints images of recurring shapes and geometric forms in unknown spaces. Greyed arches on vacant plains, impossible shadows and absent mindscapes. The wandering consciousness of these paintings seem to shift us into ill-ease by combining inconsistent pattern and familiarity. The pastel glare flattens diminishing space into a blurry kind of dystopia like prozac or denial.
Photo: Xanthe Waite

Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. Her debut novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal, and her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, Big Issue and the Guardian. Her new novel Deeper Water is out now.

Jessie Cole grew up in an isolated valley in Northern NSW, and lived a bush childhood of creek swimming and barefoot free-range adventuring. Her debut novel, Darkness on the Edge of Town, was shortlisted for the 2013 ALS Gold Medal, and her work has also appeared in Meanjin, Kill Your Darlings, Island Magazine, Big Issue and the Guardian. Her new novel Deeper Water is out now.

Sophie Allan is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Chart.

Sophie Allan is the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Chart.