Paul Munden—Associate Editor and International Liaison
Paul Munden is a poet whose work first appeared in Faber's Poetry introduction 7. His collection, Asterisk (2011), combines poems with photographs (by Marion Frith) in exploring Shandy Hall, the birthplace of Laurence Sterne. Analogue/digital: new & selected poems is scheduled for publication in 2015. His research has focused on the work of writers in schools and universities, and he was instrumental in the development of the new Creative Writing qualification introduced in secondary schools in England last year. He is a member of the AAWP Executive Committee, and a co-editor of Meniscus. He is editor in chief of Writing in Education and the new peer-reviewed journal of Creative Writing research, Writing in Practice.
Jordan Williams—New Media and the Web
Jordan Williams has a PhD in Communication awarded for her creative thesis combining cultural theory and new media poetry to do with space, place and embodiment. She teaches in the writing and communication programs at the University of Canberra. She has been involved in research grants to do with postgraduate research in creative writing, and media representations of mental illness. Her current research is centred on embodiment and writing, and the relationship between reading literature and writing literature. As part of this she pursues an ongoing interest in the future directions of reading and writing including new forms such as new media writing as well as the growing popularity of older forms such as the graphic novel, and the nexus between fiction and non-fiction.
Lucy Dougan—Poetry and Fiction
Lucy Dougan's first book Memory shell won the Mary Gilmore Award in 2000. Since the early 1990s she has been published in a range of journals and anthologies. She has worked in arts administration, as a tertiary teacher of creative writing and as poetry editor of HEAT magazine. She has had poems commissioned for the Southern Forest Sculpture Walk at Northcliffe and the Busselton Jetty, both in Western Australia. Prior to its release, her book, White clay won the Alec Bolton Prize for an unpublished manuscript in the 2006 ACT Poetry Prize. An online chapbook, Meanderthals was recently published. Her PhD was awarded in late 2009 and she currently works for the Westerly Centre at the University of Western Australia.
Shane Strange—Cultural Theory and Special Issues
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 who has been published widely in Australia. In 2014, he was a contributor to, and co-editor of the book Creative manoeuvres: writing, making, being (Cambridge Scholars Press).
Rachel Robertson—Creative and Narrative Nonfiction
Dr Rachel Robertson is Head of the Department of Communication and Cultural Studies at Curtin University, Western Australia. She is author of Reaching One Thousand, which was shortlisted for the 2013 National Biography Award, and she won the 2008 Australian Book Review Calibre Award for Outstanding Essay. Rachel's research interests include life writing, creative and narrative non-fiction, and critical disability studies. Rachel is Reflections Editor of the journal Life Writing and an Editorial Adviser for Australian Book Review. Recent publications include a chapter in the book Literature as translation/translation as literature and an article on cognitive difference in Australian fiction in The Australasian Journal of Popular Culture (2014). She is co-editor of a forthcoming anthology of women's writing called Purple prose.
Jen Crawford—International Poetry
Jen Crawford is the author of five poetry books and chapbooks, including Admissions (2000), Bad appendix (2008) and Pop riveter (2011). She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Canberra, and has also taught in New Zealand and Singapore, where she was the founding coordinator of Nanyang Technological University’s Creative Writing Programme. She is a member of the advisory board for Poetry New Zealand, and a contributing editor to Axon and the Journal of Poetics Research. She received her PhD from the University of Wollongong in 2005 for a dissertation focused on magical child characters as they appear in millennial New Zealand fiction.
Cassandra Atherton—Collaborative Writing and Academic Liaison
Dr Cassandra Atherton is an award-winning writer, academic and critic. She held a Harvard Visiting Scholar’s position from August 2015–September 2016 and was a Visiting Fellow at Sophia University, Tokyo in 2014. Her most recent books are the prose poetry collections, Trace (Finlay Lloyd) and Exhumed (Grand Parade).
A special thanks to the late Sandra Burr, who was a member of the Axon editorial team from its beginning until her death in 2014. Thanks, too, to Scott Brook who served on the Axon editorial committee from 2011-14.