Michelle Elvy lives and works as an editor and manuscript assessor based in the Bay of Islands. She edits at Blue Five Notebook as well as here at Flash Frontier, and she contributes regularly to the Tuesday Poem collective and Awkword Paper Cut, where she runs a monthly column, Writers on Writing. Michelle’s first online project was the acclaimed 52|250 A Year of Flash.
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. Her work can most recently be read in JAAM 31, 2014: A Year in Stories and Eastbourne: An Anthology. She has also judged various writing competitions, including those hosted by Flash Fiction World, the South Island Writers’ Association, the Whangarei Poetry Walk, 2013 NorthWrite Collaboration and the NYC Challenge Flash (2013) and Short Story (2014) competitions. Michelle is also coordinator of New Zealand’s National Flash Fiction Day and the international FLASH MOB.
Michelle can be found in 2013/14 sailing on her 43’ sailboat, Momo, in Indonesia. This boat has been her home for more than 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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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.