SWAMP has a diverse and talented group of editors. With the exception of our Editorial Advisor, Dr Keri Glastonbury, and our current Guest Editor (Prose), the editorial board is comprised completely of postgraduate Creative Writing students. Except where noted, all members of the editorial team are from the University of Newcastle, Australia. This journal is by postgraduates, for postgraduates. Feel free to read about editors below to find out more about each of them.
Editor-In-Chief: Nicole Shipley (Issues 19- )
Nicole was an Editor (Prose) for Issues 16-18, and stepped up to the position of Editor-in-Chief with Issue 19, also acting as Head of Prose.
Nicole has a Master of Arts degree with a specialisation in Children’s Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts Honours. A dedicated Harry Potter nerd, she has a passion for gender studies and representations of gender in children’s and young adult fiction. Currently Nicole is writing her PhD thesis on the representation of the adolescent body in young adult dystopian fiction, which is a perfect excuse to read a lot of books and then talk about them to everyone and anyone!
Head Poetry Editor: Ella Rusak (Issues 19- )
Ella has been a Co-Editor with SWAMP since Issue 18, and for Issue 19 has stepped up to the position of Head Poetry Editor.
Ella is a PhD student in creative writing at the University of Newcastle and was awarded First Class Honours and a Faculty Medal in 2014. She has a passion for writing and hopes to have a career in academia, teaching creative writing and literature. Ella’s PhD thesis is a family memoir about her relationship with her grandmother, and her grandparents’ experiences during the Second World War in Belarus, Poland and Germany.
Editor (Poetry): Shannon Todd Issues 19- )
Shannon is currently undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts/Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Performance Studies) with Distinction at the University of New South Wales in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) with Honours Class 1 at the University of Newcastle in 2014. Her area of research is the adaptation of Celtic fairy lore into works of contemporary young adult fantasy fiction and she is currently writing her own young adult fantasy novel as part of this investigation. For Shannon, this is basically a dream come true – she gets to spend every day reading fabulous books and attempting to craft her own bestseller!
Shannon’s short fiction has appeared in several anthologies and has also been successful in a number of national short story competitions. In 2016, Shannon had the opportunity to present her research at the 43rd Annual International Conference of the Children’s Literature Association in Columbus, Ohio, USA and the Australian Children’s Literature Association for Research Conference at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
Guest Editor (Poetry): Fernanda Dahlstrom (Issues 19- )
Fernanda Dahlstrom is a Masters student in creative writing at Deakin. After completing degrees in Arts and Law in Melbourne, she lived in the Northern Territory for seven years where she practiced as a community lawyer. In 2015, she won the Southern Cross TV Flash Fiction Award for ’Chapel’ and in 2016 she won the Charles Darwin University Travel Short Story Award for ‘God Wiling’.
She now works at a community legal centre in Brisbane and continues to write short fiction.
Guest Editor (Prose): Liz Chandler (Issues 19- )
Liz is a Master of Communication student in Journalism Studies at Massey University, living in Palmerston North (New Zealand). She has a strong interest in political communication and the growing secularism in media. As part of the Masters programme, Liz also studies Expressive Arts and has an active interest in fiction and creative processes.
Guest Editor (Prose): Rachel Watts (Issues 19- )
Rachel Watts is studying for a Master of Media and Communications degree in the discipline of creative writing at Curtin University. She has a background in print journalism with ten years’ experience as a reporter and editor in local newspapers. Her ambition is to find a career in academia and teach writing. She writes short stories, memoir and is currently working on a novel.
Editorial Advisor: Dr Keri Glastonbury (Issues 1- )
Keri Glastonbury is a poet and is a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. She has helped SWAMP since its creation and continues to help guide the publication. Her DCA thesis ‘Shut up, Nobody Wants to Hear Your Poems’ staged a friendly title bout between two grunge auteurs of her generation, painter Adam Cullen and poet Ted Nielson. In 2012, her collection of poetry grit salute was published by papertiger media inc.
Past Editorial Board Members
Patrick Bryson (Issues 1-3)
Patrick Bryson is a fiction writer and essayist, with his work appearing in Southerly, Tehelka, The Lifted Brow, The Times Of India, Motherland, Out of Print, The Shillong Times and Mascara Literary Review. He was awarded his PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Newcastle, Australia in 2009. His first novel, published in 2014, is The Sad Demise Of Manpreet Singh.
Peter Bower (Editor-In-Chief Issues 4-6; Co-Editor Issues 1-3; Editor (poetry) Issue 8)
Peter is a published poet, writer and photographer. During his time at the University of Newcastle, he looked the shifting cultures in pubs in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region; his novel examines social interactions and dysfunctionality within these cultural hubs, society’s dependence on them during times of crisis, and portrayals of self and masculinity within these predominantly male domains. When he doffed his hat in April 2014, he realised that his greatest accomplishment was this here SWAMP. Hence why he hangs around like a bad smell, maintaining the website and offering assistance in editorial duties. He is also responsible for the creation of online photography site VoTogs and the in-progress gaming website Sunlight Burns. On top of everything he does, he also does website management; meaning his website is likely out-of-date. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
Ivy Ireland (Editor (poetry) Issues 1-5)
Ivy Ireland is poet who runs a bookstore café with her family. Ivy was awarded the Australian Young Poet Fellowship in 2007 and her poems have been published in various magazines and anthologies. Ivy periodically teaches Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, where she completed her Ph.D. in 2012. Ivy’s first book, Incidental Complications, was published in 2007 and her most recent collection, Porch Light, was published in 2015.
Amy Lovat (Editor-In-Chief Issues 14-15; Editor (Prose) Issue 13)
Amy is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle. She also runs her own freelance copywriting business, writes regularly for magazines and blogs and is the Founding Editor of popular website Cool People Doing Cool Things. Amy’s postgrad study is a continuation of her Honours research: the changing nature of Young Adult literature and its audience, and the young narrator in contemporary Australian texts. She’s written a novel and maybe one day it will be published… In the meantime, you can find her at her website.
Annika Herb (Editor-In-Chief Issues 16-18, Editor (Prose) Issue 15)
Annika was an Editor (Prose) for Issue 15, and is the Editor-in-Chief from Issue 16 with Issue 18 being her last.
Annika is a PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle and was awarded First Class Honours and a faculty medal in 2013. She loves that her study offers her the opportunity to read wonderful books all day in her pyjamas with copious amounts of tea. In between editing Issue 15, she flew a small plane over a large castle in Germany. Annika studies gender roles, femininity, and sexuality in Young Adult Literature, with a focus on fairy tales, contemporary urban fantasy, and paranormal fiction. She’d love to publish her writing someday, but first must deal with a morbid fear of rejection letters.
Malcolm St Hill (Editor-In-Chief Issues 12-13; Editor (Poetry) Issues 10-11, 14-15)
Malcolm was a PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle 2009-2015 with a focus on the literary and national memory of the Great War, notably the Australian Light-Horsemen.
A highlight of his postgrad journey was SWAMP. He owes a debt to those who invited and encouraged him to edit, to the members of the SWAMP team he was privileged to work with and to all of the writers and poets who have contributed to the magazine.
In a post-postgrad world Malcolm remains a poet and poetry editor who attempts to divine that which regularly eludes his ability to articulate and to comprehend.
Samantha Dagg (Editor-In-Chief Issues 8-11; Editor (Prose) Issues 6-7, 12-14)
Sam is currently involved in a Masters of Creative writing focusing on short fiction. She uses this as an excuse to be disorganised, underemployed and to explain all past and future personal indiscretions. She has been published, mostly in things you’ve never heard of, but sometimes in things you may have.
Scott Brewer (Editor-In-Chief Issue 7; Editor (Prose) Issues 4-6)
Scott was misplaced. He is a PhD student in literature at the University of Newcastle. He is not a creative writer, but he quite likes them – if only in the abstract. He was an editor of SWAMP by virtue of nodding sympathetically one too many times at Peter and Patrick. Apparently, he provided an analytical edge previously lacking. He is published in JASAL.
Ferne Merrylees (Head Poetry Editor Issues 16-18; Editor (Poetry) Issue 15)
Ferne has just completed her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle, and as such Issue 18 will be her last as editor. Her studies examine social media in dystopian young adult literature, which is a lovely excuse to read a lot of good books! Ferne has had the pleasure of presenting papers at the 2013 Eaton Science Fiction Conference in Riverside, California, and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Conference in 2014 held in Orlando, Florida, as well as many other conferences a little closer to home. Her goal is to complete her PhD in 2015 and become a best seller!
Morgan Long (Co-Editor (Prose) Issues 15, 17-18)
Morgan is a PhD student in Literature at the University of Newcastle. She received First Class Honours and a faculty medal in 2011 for her Honours thesis: “The Masculine Wound and the Crisis of American Identity in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1926), Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises (1926), and John Fante’s Ask the Dust (1939).” She took a break in 2012 to bake and sell cupcakes at local markets. Her PhD thesis, “Modernism and the Russian Fantastic: A Comparative Analysis,” sees her working with authors such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anton Chekhov, Virginia Woolf and William Faulkner, to name a few. These days she spends her Thursday mornings learning Russian from her tutor Sasha, rather than searching the shelves of Bibina for bulk deals on flour.
Cassandra O’Loughlin (Editor (Poetry) Issues 5-7; Co-Editor (Poetry) Issue 4)
Cassandra is now working on her PhD at the University of Newcastle. Her poems have appeared in the Newcastle University Creative Writing anthologies, Southerly, Overland, Mascara Literary Review, Poetrix, Eureka Street and Catchfire Press publications. She won the Catchfire Press regional poetry prize in 2004 and awarded a highly commended in the 2012 Eric Rolls Prize for a personal essay.
Nell Robertson (Editor (Prose) Issues 8-12)
Nell is currently studying a Masters of Creative Writing, exploring semi-autobiographical fiction with a magic realist leaning. In her undergraduate degree she studied logic in philosophy and her enjoyment of mathematics, colour and the ocean tends to come out in her writing. For Honours Nell wrote a short story cycle which she may send off to a publisher one of these years and make the leap from writer to author.
Co-Editor (Prose): Paige Ayling (Issue 16)
Paige Ayling is an aspiring author and editor from the Central Coast of Australia. Paige completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2014 and is currently undertaking postgraduate study at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Co-Editor (Poetry): Tegan Logos (Issue 16)
Tegan is a post-graduate student of Editing and Publishing at The University of Technology Sydney. She graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from The University of Newcastle. Tegan has found the elements of critiquing and analysing to be the most rewarding parts of her studies, which has inspired a lasting passion for editing. She is also a writer who spends most of her time not-writing.
Co-Editor (Poetry): Matilda Hope-Kirchen (Issue 17)
Matilda is an Honours student at the University of Newcastle, currently focusing on the intricacies of modernist literature (in relation to the influence of female same-sex sexuality). She spends her spare time writing slam poetry, reading graphic novels, and contemplating the representation of lesbianism in visual media.
Jenna Gill (Co-Editor (Poetry) Issues 1-2)
Lauchlan Ceeney (Co-Editor (Prose) Issue 10)
Previous Guest Editors
Sarah Jane Barnett (Massey University, New Zealand) (Guest Editor (Poetry) Issues 9-14)
Sarah was published with SWAMP in Issue 7, and joined the SWAMP editorial team as a Guest Editor for Issue 9. Sarah joined the editorial team as a permanent member Issue 10 and plans to work with the SWAMP team from the University of Newcastle for some time.
Sarah is a writer and book reviewer who lives in Wellington, New Zealand. Her work has appeared in a range of literary journals such as Landfall and Sport, and on the e-zines Cordite, Snorkel and Turbine. Her poems have also been selected for Best New Zealand Poems 2007 and 2010. Sarah is currently completing a creative writing PhD in the field of ecopoetics.
Sarah Dobbs (University of Lancaster, UK) (Guest Editor (Prose) Issues 12-14)
Sarah has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Lancaster. Her debut novel, Killing Daniel, was published by Unthank Books in 2012. She is currently at work on her third. You can follow her on Twitter @sarahjanedobbs
Lynette Washington (University of Adelaide) (Guest Editor (Prose) Issue 15)
Lynette spent much of her childhood roaming around Australia in a caravan. Now, she is constantly torn between competing desires for footloose travel and suburban security. Her short stories and flash fiction have been published and awarded and she is currently working towards her PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, where she also teaches. In November 2014 Breaking Beauty, a collection of short stories Lynette edited will hit the shelves. You can find her on Twitter or Facebook.
Marygrace Navarra (Marist College, New York) (Guest Editor (Prose) Issue 16)
Marygrace graduated from Marist College in New York in May 2014, where she studied English, concentrated in writing, and minored in creative writing and women’s studies. She was editor-in-chief of Marist’s student newspaper, The Circle; was accepted to Sigma Tau Delta’s 2014 International Convention in Georgia for her short story, “Admission”; and studied at Macquarie University in the fall of 2013. She is currently pursuing graduate work in creative writing and deciding where to travel next.
Guest Co-Editor (Poetry): Jay Ludowyke (University of the Sunshine Coast) (Issue 17)
Jay Kylie Ludowyke is a doctoral candidate at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she also teaches creative writing. Her research focus is on nonfiction novels about historical artefacts. She has edited periodicals, presented conference papers and chaired panels at literary festivals. Her fiction is published in Australian journals and in 2014 her Honours novella was shortlisted in the national Great Novella.
Guest Co-Editor (Poetry): Gabrielle Flanagan (Deakin University) (Issue 18)
Gabrielle Therese Flanagan is currently studying for her Master of Arts degree specialising in Writing and Literature, with Deakin University. She has a strong interest in creative fictional writing and has chosen to specialise in the field of Literary Studies. Prior to commencing this degree Gabrielle attained her Bachelor of Arts with La Trobe University, majoring in English Literature. She followed this with the successful completion of her Bachelor of Education postgraduate degree with Australian Catholic University, which qualified her as a Professional Primary School Teacher. Gabrielle has taught across all levels and has extensive training in children’s literacy programs. Her true interests, however, lie in the creation and production of adult literature of the highest calibre. She had the fortunate opportunity to speak with renowned short story author Cate Kennedy, who offered Gabrielle her advice, expertise and encouragement in all her literary pursuits. Gabrielle is thoughtful, motivated, passionate and committed to continuing her creative writing experiences. She has a strong desire to be publish professionally, however is currently enjoying attaining her Masters and assisting other writers with their endeavours!
Guest Co-Editor (Poetry): Phillipa Bishop (Deakin University) (Issue 18)
Phillipa is a teacher, researcher and writer living in the Blue Mountains, NSW. She currently teaches at Western Sydney University and has a BA Communications (UTS) and recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Writing and Literature (Deakin University).