Mike Ladd is the founding producer and presenter of ABC Radio National’s poetry program, Poetica which began in 1997. He lives in Adelaide, South Australia. He has published six books of poetry: The Crack inthe Crib (1984), Picture’s Edge (1994), Closeto Home (2000), Rooms and Sequences(2003), Shacklife - a chapbook of selectedpoems (2006) and Transit (2007). Picture’sEdge was shortlisted for the John Bray National Poetry Award. In 2000 Mike had a Churchill Fellowship in the UK, Ireland and France, where he studied poetry and radio production. In 2005 and 2006 he worked in Papua New Guinea with local writers, actors and directors, developing a radio serial in Tok Pisin, which was broadcast on the NBC. In 2006 he was awarded the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and was a guest of Venezuela’s World Poetry Festival. In 2009 he had a three month writing residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. Currently he is working on a new series of video poems. His subject matter often combines natural elements with the suburban and industrial. He is the author of several video poems, including Seaweed, The Fall, Zoo After Dark, and The Eye of the Day.His latest book is Karrawirra Parri: Walking the Torrens from Source to Sea.
Lisa Jacobson’s verse novel, The Sunlit Zone has just been publishedby Five Islands Press. The manuscript
was shortlisted for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. An earlier poetry collection, Hair & Skin & Teeth,
was published by Five Islands Press in 1995 and shortlisted for the National Book Council Awards. She has been
awarded the 2011 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize, the HQ/Harper Collins Short Story Prize, a Marten Bequest
Travelling Scholarship, and an Australia Council Grant to complete her next poetry collection.
Lisa’s poetry and fiction have been published in Australia, New York and London. Her work is represented in
Heinemann’s Best Short Stories (U.K.), Peter Porter’s The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, Scorched:
Penguin Australian Summer Stories, Robert Adamson’s The Best Australian Poems 2010 and Adrian Hyland’s Kinglake 350. She has studied literature at Melbourne and La Trobe Universities, and remains an Honorary Research Fellow atLa Trobe.
Dr Robyn Rowland, AO presents local, national and international visiting poets in the Poetry and Conversation series. The readings and discussions will involve conversations with the audience. Robyn was Deputy Chair of the Foundation Board of the Australian Poetry Centre and has established and curated the Poetry Salons at Glenfern. She has been a published poet for 40 years and her latest book of poetry is Seasons of doubt and burning: New and Selected Poems (Five Islands Press, 2010).