Publisher + Managing Editor
Sabita Naheswaran is a writer, publicist and editor. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing from the University of Melbourne and has worked in both narrative and illustrated book publishing for 10 years.
Publisher + Reviews
Short story writer, novelist and reviewer Julian Novitz has a PhD in creative writing and literary studies, and has taught courses in creative writing, literature and communications at the University of Melbourne, Deakin University, and the Swinburne University of Technology. He is the author of Little Sister (Vintage, 2012), Holocaust Tours (Vintage, 2006) and My Life and Other Stories (Vintage, 2004) and his work has been published in The Penguin Book of Contemporary New Zealand Stories, Best New Zealand Fiction, The Sydney Review of Books, Wet Ink, Landfall, The NZ Listener, Sport, and more. He has won the Hubert Church Award for Best First Book of Fiction, the Katherine Mansfield Award for Short Fiction, was a recipient of the Buddle Findlay Frank Sargeson Residential Writing Fellowship and was shortlisted for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He currently works as a Lecturer in Writing at Swinburne University of Technology.
Aaron Mannion is associate publisher at Vignette Press. He is a board member of the Small Press Network and co-convener of the Independent Publishing Conference’s academic day. His work has been published in Wet Ink, The Sleepers Almanac, Island and has been shortlisted for the 2011 Wet Ink Short Story Prize and for the Penguin Manuscript Award in 2009 and 2011. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where his research interests include intimacy, exile, autobiography, and nineteenth-century and contemporary literature. As an editor, Aaron has worked on Postgraduate Review, Muse and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs’ The Nth Degree.
Katerina Bryant is a writer, editor and law student based in Adelaide. Her work has appeared in journals such as Voiceworks, Lip Magazine, Overland Online and the Meanjin Blog. She has interned at Rip It Up and The Canary Press and edits nonfiction for Voiceworks. She has read at The Wheeler Centre’s ‘Next Big Thing: Spotlight on SA’ and been an artist at the 2015 National Young Writers Festival in Newcastle.
Kent MacCarter is the Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review. He holds an MA in English with focus on Creative Writing from University of Melbourne. His publishing career began at University of Chicago Press in 2000, and since he has worked with educational publishers Cengage Learning and Curriculum Press in Australia. He’s the author of three poetry collections – In the Hungry Middle of Here (Transit Lounge, 2009), Ribosome Spreadsheet (Picaro Press, 2011) and Sputnik’s Cousin (Transit Lounge, 2014). He is also editor of Joyful Strains: Making Australia Home (Affirm Press, 2013), a non-fiction collection of diasporic memoir. He is an active member in Melbourne PEN, and was executive treasurer on the board for Small Press Network (2009-2013). Kent lives in Castlemaine with his wife and son.
Amy Espeseth is a Melbourne-based writer and academic. She is the recipient of the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, the 2010 Queensland University of Technology Postgraduate Creative Writing Prize, and the 2012 CAL Scribe Fiction Prize. Her first novel, Sufficient Grace, was longlisted for the Stella Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Sufficient Grace was shortlisted for the Australian Society of Authors’ Barbara Jefferis Award, the Warwick Prize for Writing, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing, and the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature fiction prize.
James Ley is an essayist and literary critic whose writing has appeared in many publications, including Australian Book Review, The Australian, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, and The Times Literary Supplement. In 2014, he won the Geraldine Pascall Prize for Criticism. He is Contributing Editor at The Sydney Review of Books and the author of The Critic in the Modern World: Public Criticism from Samuel Johnson to James Wood (Bloomsbury, 2014).
Angela Meyer is a writer and editor. She is the author of Captives (Inkerman & Blunt, 2014), and editor of The Great Unknown (Spineless Wonders, 2013). Her work has been published widely, including in Best Australian Stories, Island, Cordite, The Australian, The Lifted Brow, and Killings. Angela works as a commissioning editor for Echo Publishing and was formerly a book reviewer and (is still sometimes a) literary journalist. She is regularly invited to interview authors at writers’ festivals in Australia and overseas. In 2014, Angela completed a Doctor of Creative Arts through the Writing and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney.
Emmett Stinson is a writer, editor and literary critic. He has won The Age Short Story Award, the ArtsSA Creative Writing Award, and a Lannan Poetry Fellowship. His short story collection, Known Unknowns (Affirm Press, 2010), was shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award in the Queensland Literary Awards. His fiction and essays have appeared in The Australian, The Big Issue, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, The Melbourne Age, The Monthly, Overland, Sleepers Almanac, The Sydney Review of Books, and others. With Pam Pryde and Richard Pennell, he co-wrote Banning Islamic Books in Australia (Melbourne University Press, 2011). He was a member of the federal government’s Book Industry Strategy group. He co-founded the Small Press Network, and served as President from 2009-13. He is currently a Lecturer in English at the University of Newcastle; he researches in the areas of Modernist Literature and Contemporary Australian Literary Culture.
Sarah Jansen is the Managing Director of events and communications consultancy Scribble Creative. She runs fun, casual networking events showcasing all kinds of creative work, helps to run the Melbourne Literary Salon, and writes and edits business materials. She has worked with the Emerging Writers’ Festival, Freeplay independent games festival, Melbourne Jewish Writers Festival, The Edge, Writers Victoria, the Melbourne Prize Trust, Pozible, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane International Film Festival, Straight Out Of Brisbane, This Is Not Art, and Vibewire. Her writing has been published in Lip magazine, We Matter Media, Vibewire, in Vignette Press’s Mini Shots series and Sex Mook anthology, Filter magazine, the Zahmoo blog, The Edge, and Musings of an Inappropriate Woman. She is from Logan City in Queensland, Australia, lived in Brisbane for ten years, and has lived in Melbourne since 2011.
Hannah Mae Cartmel is the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Rag & Bone Man Press Inc. – a not-for-profit small press, publishing books for change. The Press team gathers and publishes unique collections of stories in community-related book projects, and also hosts writing salon events. Hannah is also a freelance editor who has been lucky enough to work on everything from magazines on gas pipelines to novels, with some time spent in the middle editing legal documents and French apps. In her spare time she works as the Membership Manager at the Small Press Network, and when she’s not doing any of those things she’s teaching yoga.
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