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Liz Winfield, Tasmanian Times’ Poetry Editor, has been awarded Blue Giraffe Press’ 2nd Poetry Mentorship. Liz will work with Anne Kellas.

Anne Kellas is a highly thought of poet, poetry mentor, and co-editor of the literary ezine, The Write Stuff.  Anne Collins recently received a grant from Arts Tasmania to work with Anne K. on a forthcoming verse novella. Last year, Anne Kellas conducted a series of popular and much-praised series of poetry workshops for the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre. Her two poetry collections so far are Poems from Mt Moono (The Hippogriff Press) and Isolated States (Cornford Press).

Managing Editor of Blue Giraffe Press, Peter Macrow, was Tasmanian Times’ Poetry Editor for 4 years. Through his press he publishes 3 poetry journals: Blue Giraffe, which he edits himself, Prospect with invited issue-editors. Liz Winfield was guest editor for Propsect #3. Windfall. Australian Haiku, edited by Beverley George, is to have its first issue in
2012. The most recent collection of Peter’s own poetry, his 5th, is Another Dangerous Day, published by Picaro Press in June 2011.

Liz Winfield has co-ordinated the literary readings at the Republic Bar and Café in North Hobart for over 10 years. Her two poetry collections are Too Much Happens (Cornford Press) and Catalogue of Love (Walleah Press). For a number of years she edited the poetry chapbook anthology RePUBlic Readings and produces a poetry broadsheet, The Poets’ Republic. Her most recent venture is her website, Ozzy Writers. Her most recent poetry success is as a member of a 5-member writers’ group whose award-winning manuscript, Of Things Being Various,  is to be published in October by Forty Degrees South.

The other members of her group are Karen Knight, Christiane Conese-Bostock, Liz McQuilkin and Megan Schaffner. Karen’s 2 most recent books are Twinset, co-authored with Dilys Rose (Knucker Press)  and Postcards from the Asylum (Pardalote Press). Christiane is to have her 1st poetry collection released by Picaro Press in October 2011. Liz Mc Quilkin is a former English teacher and much admired, emerging poet. Megan has been a poetry editor, including for the FAW Tas’ recent anthology A Network of Hands. Her own poetry is also gradually becoming better known and appreciated. As with other members of her writing group, a number of her poems have appeared in Blue Giraffe.

With so much gloom and doom in the artistic world, for example the Tasmanian Government’s recent canceling of funding to Island magazine, and the news that for health reasons Ralph Wessman will bring out the last issue of his Famous Reporter in about November, it is heartening that poets have these opportunities to share their love of poetry. ‘The less poetry we have in our lives, the sicker we become.’