Michelle Elvy lives and works as an editor and manuscript assessor based in the Bay of Islands. She also edits at Blue Five Notebook and Awkword Paper Cut, where she curates a monthly column, Writers on Writing. She has guest edited at Smokelong Quarterly and is an associate editor of Flash Fiction International (W. W. Norton, 2015). In June each year, you’ll find her coordinating New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day.
A Pushcart nominee, a three-time finalist of the Glass Woman Prize and the 2012 recipient of the NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library grant, Michelle has published poetry, fiction, travel writing, creative nonfiction and reviews in numerous print and online magazines. Her work can most recently be read in PANK, HTML Giant, JMWW, JAAM 31, 2014: A Year in Stories and Eastbourne: An Anthology. She has also judged various writing competitions hosted by Flash Fiction World, the South Island Writers’ Association, the Whangarei Poetry Walk, 2013 NorthWrite Collaboration (with Tim Jones) and the NYC Challenge Flash (2013) and Short Story (2014) competitions.
Michelle can be found in 2014 sailing on her 43’ sailboat, Momo, her home for more than ten years, in Indonesia. Slowing life to a 5-knot pace, Michelle embraces a less-is-more approach to just about everything. Flash suits.
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Elizabeth Welsh is a poet, flash writer and academic editor. In 2012, she won the Auckland University Press-Divine Muses emerging poetry prize with her poem ‘Water Buffalo’. She is currently working on her first poetry collection. Her poetry and flash fiction have been published in print and online journals, both in New Zealand and internationally. Weekly, she also enjoys contributing to the online community Tuesday Poem.
For the last five years Elizabeth has run The Typewriter – an online poetry magazine for emerging New Zealand, Australian and Asia-Pacific poets. As editor, she loves reading poetry from new, enthusiastic writers.
As well as editing academic books, she is an academic researcher, specialising in modernist New Zealand and Australian literature; recently, she spoke on Katherine Mansfield at the Sorbonne. She has two upcoming chapter publications on New Zealand short fiction writer Katherine Mansfield and Irish modernist Elizabeth Bowen.
Originally from the beautiful climes of New Zealand, she has been living and working in, as well as exploring the joys of, Europe for the last couple of years. She wakes up daily with a sense of adventure and loves where travelling is taking her.
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Rachel Fenton (Features Editor) is a short story writer, poet and artist. Winner of the University of Plymouth’s 7th Annual Short Fiction Competition, she has also been short-listed for the 2013 Fish International Poetry Prize, the 2012 Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, the Binnacle Ultra-Short Competition (named honouree), the Fish One Page Prize and the 6th Annual Short Fiction Competition. Other listings include the Bristol Prize, the Kathleen Grattan Award and the Sean O’ Faolain International Short Story Prize. Rachel was also the recipient of the 2013 Flash Frontier Winter Award and is a Pushcart nominee. A participant of the 2013 Plymouth International Book Festival, she is also a member of the New Zealand Society of Authors.
Also known as Rae Joyce, she is an AUT award winning graphic poet and comics creator. Her work is featured in New Zealand Comics and Graphic Novels (Hicksville Press), various international journals and zines, and from 2011 to 2012, she drew and published a page a day of the web-comic Escape Behaviours. In 2013, she was Artist in Residence at Counterexample Poetics.
Born and raised in relative poverty in the North of England, she has lived in Auckland since 2007. When she’s not writing or creating comics, she lends her voice to lit-hop and hip-hop artists Jamez Chang and Ezra Letra. Rachel blogs here.
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Flash Frontier also thanks Sian Williams, who was editor in 2011/12. A writer, editor and kiwifruit and orange grower, Sian is currently working on her first novel.
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Guest Editors 2014
James George joins Flash Frontier in this special issue dedicated to Auckland writer Miles Hughes, who passed away earlier in the year. James is a novelist and short story writer of Ngapuhi, English and Irish descent. He is author of Wooden Horses, Hummingbird and Ocean Roads. He has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Montana New Zealand Book Awards and the Tasmania Pacific Fiction Prize, and his work appears in the Best of New Zealand Fiction anthologies and Second Violins (stories inspired by lines from Katherine Mansfield). James has taught and mentored in both AUT and University of Auckland’s Master of Creative Writing programmes. He has also served as chair of the Auckland Branch of the NZ Society of Authors (2012-2014) and as chair of Te Ha, the writers’ committee of Toi Maori Aotearoa (2005-2014). More here.
James made some special remarks about his friend and colleague Miles in the April issue:
This issue of Flash Frontier is dedicated to the memory of Auckland writer Miles Hughes. Miles was a prolific indie-published author (ten books in five years across several genres, including fiction, non-fiction/reference and young adult) and a tireless and productive supporter of his local indie writing community. He planned and organized speaking and reading events and writing competitions, and contributed through various roles in the Auckland branch of the NZ Society of Authors. He was an example of a person who retired from his first career and then embarked on a second – writer – getting a Masters degree in Creative Writing along the way. He flourished in his new life, and in his new and expanding circle of contacts and friends, until his untimely passing. He will be much missed.