Anne-Marie Te Whiu is a Brisbane born Māori descending from the Te Rarawa tribe Northland, Aotearoa on her Father’s side. She is a cultural producer, editor, emerging writer & weaver, most recently having Co-Directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-2017), a period known for its inclusive programming and stronger focus on CALD and First Nation voices. She is the co-editor of Solid Air, the first ever Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word Anthology.
David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer and lapsed psychologist. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (University of Queensland Press), his first full-length collection of poetry which was awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. His poem Octonaut was recently short-listed for the 2019 Moth Poetry Prize (Ireland) and his next Australia Council funded collection CASE NOTES is due to come out in 2020. David was Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-17). He is the Co-Editor of Rabbit Journal's Tense issue, Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Verity La’s spoken word stream Slot Machine and the anthology SOLID AIR: Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019). He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy,helping to establish spoken word in QLD whilst featuring at festivals nationally and touring internationally in various iterations. These days he lives between the stage and the page.