Shastra Deo was born in Fiji, raised in Melbourne, and lives in Brisbane. She is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing at The University of Queensland; her project is focused on nuclear waste burial, languages of warning, and the video game Final Fantasy XV.
Shastra's work deals with the intersection of trauma, memory, and selfhood, with a particular focus on corporeality, embodiment, and strange species of fish.
Her first book, The Agonist, won the 2016 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and was published by UQP in 2017.
Rebecca Jessen is the award-winning author of Gap (UQP, 2014). In 2017 her poem (after) HER: dating app adventures was shortlisted for the Arts QLD Val Vallis Award. In 2015 Rebecca won the QLD Premier's Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her writing has been published in Overland, The Lifted Brow, Cordite, Meanjin, Rabbit, Tincture Journal and more.
She is currently working on a poetry collection about queer utopias.
Zenobia Frost is an award-winning poet from Brisbane and a co-editor with Stilts Poetry Journal. Her work has appeared in Overland, Cordite, ABR’s States of Poetry, The Lifted Brow, Scum and Contemporary Feminist Poetry. She was recently shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship and Overland Judith Wright Prize, while her first collection, Salt and Bone, was shortlisted for the 2013 Thomas Shapcott Prize.
Zenobia is a Master’s candidate at QUT, writing on the poetics of sharehousing in Brisbane. A Queensland Writers Fellowship supports her work through 2018.