Thom Conroy is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Massey University. Sometimes publishing under the name, Thomas Gough, his work has appeared in various journals,
including Sport, Landfall, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner,
and Agni. His short story 'The Evening's Peace' was noted in Best American Short Stories
2011 as a 'Distinguished Story of 2010'. His first novel, The Naturalist, will be published with Random House in 2014.
Sandra Arnold holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Central Queensland University. She is the author of three books, her most recent being Sing no Sad Songs (Canterbury University Press). Her short stories have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand and published in literary magazines and anthologies in New Zealand and internationally. She was a founding editor
of the New Zealand literary magazine Takahe. She teaches academic writing at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology and is currently writing a new novel.
Julia has a PhD in Writing and Literature (Deakin University).
Julia’s short stories have been shortlisted and published: Lightship Anthology 2 (UK: Alma Books), Glimmertrain (US),Meniscus (Australasian Association of Writing Programs: AAWP), Bukker Tillibul (Swinburne University), Boroondara Literary Awards.
Julia’s theoretical work has been published: Current Narratives, AAWP, New Writing:
The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (UK),
Testimony Witness Authority: The Politics and Poetics of Experience
(UK: Cambridge Scholars Press).
Julia teaches writing in the School of Communication and Creative Arts at Deakin University.
"My long term research interest has been in writerly identity. This has been recently
informed by my work with clay. Thinking about the materiality of clay, and the processes I use,
has highlighted the different approaches and styles open a writer and the breadth of results,
such as those in this edition of Miniscus. Working with clay has also led me to return to an
earlier stage in my writing journey, a more playful and risk-taking one, one that acknowledges
the creative potential of play. This approach, in turn, led to some new questions, for me, about writing the first of which is explored in a recent essay on time published in Bukker Tillibul."
Shane Strange is a doctoral candidate in writing at the University of Canberra where he also tutors and lectures in writing and literary studies. His research interests include creative labour and cultural work; subjectivity and creative practice and cultural representations of the city. He is a writer of essays, short fiction and creative non-fiction and prose poetry.