Critical Animals 2012

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Aden Rolfe
Credit Jessie Borrelle

Aden Rolfe is a writer and editor whose work includes poetry, radioplays, collage and criticism. He is a previous director of Critical Animals.

Angela Philp is the head of Art Theory at the University of Newcastle.

Astrid Lorange

Astrid Lorange is a poet, researcher, teacher, and editor from Sydney. Her books include Eating and Speaking, Minor Dogs, and Pussy pussy pussy what what.


Brenton Lyle

Brenton Lyle is a Phd candidate at UTS, doing practice-led and academic research into the reading and composition of poetry.


Carolyn McKay

Carolyn McKay is a video and photomedia artist researching criminological issues through the intersections of law, aesthetics and art.


Chris Cottrell

Chris Cottrell was born in Los Angeles, raised in Christchurch, and studied in Auckland and Edinburgh. He has finally settled in Melbourne. His practice engages in the relationship between our bodies and the spaces we inhabit.


Clare Muston

Clare Muston is an artist obsessed with words and language. Clare’s other interests include feminism, critical and socio-political theory, history (all of it) and last, but (definitely) not least, pop culture.

Danuta Raine is a PhD candidate in English Creative Writing at The
University of Newcastle. Her work, entitled Getting Here, references
family stories to explore issues if generational trauma and healing.
Danuta has won commendation prizes in the Roland Robinson Short Story
Competition and the Henry Lawson Short Story Competition, and her
critical writing has been published in the AAWP journal, Text

Derek Motion writes poetry and works as director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre in Wagga. He blogs at typingspace. Lollyology is available through lulu:


Elizabeth Bellamy

Elizabeth Bellamy is a University of Canberra creative writing PhD candidate, journalist and writer currently writing her first novel, a creative work examining the social anxiety around women who are not mothers.


Eva Bujalka

Eva Bujalka is currently working on a creative writing PhD (Curtin University), Eva has presented at conferences in Oxford and Prague, and has edited fiction for dotdotdash.

Owen Kirkby is a poet who should write more poetry and a writer who should write more generally. He enjoys the right not to, however, and enjoys being right, even when he isn’t.


Evelyn Kwok

Evelyn Kwok is a spatial designer based in Sydney. She works across multiple disciplines with a focus on the exploration of unconventional design methodologies. Currently, she is developing her PhD research at UTS.

Francis Russell

Francis Russell is a PHD candidate currently conducting research in contemporary continental philosophy at the Department of Media, Culture, and Creative Arts at Curtin University.

Gabriel Watts is an Education Officer with the ARC Centre for the History of Emotions, Sydney University. He also works on early-modern philosophy of mind.


Harriet Parsons

Harriet Parsons is a Melbourne artist and independent researcher working in the landscape tradition and the ethics of the colonial legacy in Australian cultural identity.

Hossein Ghaemi is an emerging artist whose diverse practice brings together idiosyncratic references, from the spiritual to pop music theatrics and employs processes of detecting the strange in the self.


Josh Harle

Josh Harle is a member of the Real-time Porosity lab, directed by ProfessorRichard Goodwin and Russell Lowe, researching Phenomenology and the Politics of Space.

Kate McDowell is a theatre-maker currently studying honours at UOW. She is Literary Intern for Belvoir and founded the company Bold Type, which produced a play reading at Belvoir in 2011.

Keri Glastonbury

Keri Glastonbury is a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and an ex-Director of Critical Animals. Her poetry manuscript Grit Salute (SOI 3) was published this year and she’s currently writing an essay ‘Rough and Tumblr: Blogging Newcastle’.

Malcolm St Hill

Malcolm St Hill is writing creative nonfiction for his PhD at the University of Newcastle and has been for some time. He is also poetry co-editor at SWAMP, an online magazine for creative writing postgrads


Matthew Abbott

Mathew Abbott took a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney. Australian Poetry published his first collection – wild inaudible – in April. He plays in Life and Limb, and blogs at


Michael Farrell

Michael Farrell’s most recent poetry book is open sesame (Giramondo 2012). His Masters thesis concerned ‘The Billycan in Australian Poetry’; his PhD thesis title is ‘Unsettlement: A New Reading of Australian Poetics’: both were completed at the University of Melbourne.

Mimi Kelly is a photomedia artist whose practice engages with the converged aesthetics of the body beautiful and that which is somehow axiomatic to it – the uncanny, mysterious, macabre or perverse. She is currently undertaking research in this area as part of her PhD through Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.


Min Mae

Min Mae is a dancer, artist, director and foremost a facilitator. Her current work centres on equality, inclusion and community. She likes devising experimental, practice-based works in collaboration with diverse groups.

Nicola Themistes

Nicola Themistes is an allegorist and speculator from Melbourne, practicing in experimental poetics and apocalyptic fiction. Her first novel, Spectacle City, was released in June 2012.


Patrick Kelly

Patrick Kelly is a PhD Candidate at RMIT’s School of Media and Communication. He is a filmmaker, researcher, writer, media nut and trivia enthusiast.


Patrick Mullins

Patrick Mullins is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra. He has worked as writer, playwright, poet and editor, and has been published in Block,Curio, FIRST, Page Seventeen and Lip.


Rebecca Harkins-Cross
Photo: © Theresa K Harrison Photography

Rebecca Harkins-Cross is an arts writer and critic based in Melbourne. She won the Ivan Hutchinson Award from the Australian Film Critics Associationin 2011.

Rebecca McNamara is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Sydney for the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her project looks at emotions related to suicide in the European Middle Ages.

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Sam Moginie is a poet, sometime-musician and student living in Sydney. His is a doctoral candidate at the University of Sydney, working on Australian poetry in the 1970s.


Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is a doctoral candidate at Sydney University and an editor for Southerly. His collection of poems Rawshock is out now through Puncher & Wattmann.


Tom Lee

Tom Lee is a poet who lives in Sydney. He grew up in Central West NSW and is soon to submit his PhD thesis on the prose fiction of W. G. Sebald, entitled: “At all events, in retrospect I became preoccupied”: the Prose Fictional Metaphysics of W. G. Sebald.

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Travis Englefield

Travis Englefield is a writer/musician/performer who lives in Melbourne and studied at La Trobe University. He makes stories, songs, experimental theatre, essays and book reviews.

Una McIlvenna is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Her research interests lie in the fields of early modern literary and cultural history, with particular focus on cheap print, media culture, song and performance. Her current work investigates how song and verse were used to broadcast information about crime and public execution across early modern Europe.


Vivienne Rogis

Vivienne Rogis is a freelance choreographer, teacher and performer of contemporary dance and mother of 2 boys. She completed her Masters in Visual Culture Research Methods at ANU.

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Zora Sanders

Zora Sanders is the Associate Editor of the Literary Journal Meanjin.


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