A manuscript editor, writing coach and sailing instructor, Michelle Elvy leads an active online literary life as well, which includes editing at Blue Five Notebook and regular contributions to the Tuesday Poem collective and Awkword Paper Cut. Past projects include 52|250 A Year of Flash and A Baker’s Dozen. A Pushcart nominee and 2012 recipient of the NZ Society of Authors/ Auckland Museum Library Grant, Michelle has published poetry, fiction, travel writing and creative nonfiction in numerous print and online magazines. She has also judged various writing competitions, including those hosted by Flash Fiction World, the South Island Writers’ Association, the Whangarei Poetry Walk and 2013 NorthWrite Collaboration. More about Michelle’s editing work and manuscript assessment at michelleelvy.com.
Michelle is the coordinator of New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day and is currently completing her latest flash fiction project, a collection of stories set across the historical landscape of Aotearoa. She has presented her creative work to the Auckland Museum Society, the Whangarei’s SmartTalk series, Auckland University’s Lounge series, Poetry Live, rhythm & verse and Spit.It.Out., plus university audiences in Maryland and the KGB literary series in New York. Her poetry was recently included in NorthTec’s Geoff Wilson Gallery‘s collaborative exhibit “Reactor”, featuring 17 visual artists and poets.
Michelle can also be found sailing on her 43’ sailboat, Momo, her home for ten years. Slowing life to a 5-knot pace, Michelle embraces a less-is-more approach to just about everything. Flash suits.
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Sian Williams is a writer and editor. Her flash fiction has been short-listed for a number of competitions both in New Zealand and internationally, including the Flash 500 Competition (UK) and the Fish Publishing International Flash Fiction Competition. She was also short-listed for the Words with JAM First Page Competition 2012 (UK) and a runner-up in the NZ Woman’s Weekly Blogger Competition. Her story ‘Bomb‘ was featured by the Tuesday Poem group in June 2012.
In 2012, she was a coordinator of New Zealand’s first National Flash Fiction Day. Also together with Michelle, she offers workshops on flash fiction, self-editing and grammar.
Besides flash fiction, Sian also writes non-fiction and books for children. In 2012 she was runner-up in the Takahē Cultural Studies Competition with her essay ‘Abduction and Retribution, Persephone and Madeleine’. Her non-fiction has also been published in The Northland Age. Her writing for children is published by Learning Media Ltd as part of their ‘Ready to Read’ series and The School Magazine (Australia). She is currently working on a young adult novel based on stories from Greek mythology.
Sian lives in the Bay of Islands, with her husband and two children, growing kiwifruit and big juicy oranges.
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Beginning in January 2014, Flash Frontier will welcome two new editors, as Sian Williams will be moving on to work on her novel and to devote more time to her kiwifruit orchard. We will miss Sian’s skill and wit, but we welcome Elizabeth Welsh in her place and Rachel J Fenton as Features Editor.