VERITY LA INC is registered by NSW Fair Trading as an Incorporated Association. Our core committee members are: Michele Seminara, Orazio Seminara, Miguel Jacq, Karen Hughes and Lliane Clarke. They keep our literary busy-ness chugging along.
In addition, we have a fabulous Advisory Committee of professionals consisting of writers, academics, IT specialists, website and book designers, lawyers, journalists, translators, cultural producers, and representatives from disability, Indigenous, and mental health organisations who guide us upon request. Lucky, huh?
* Originally from Ireland, living in Australia for 25 years, with a law degree from University College Dublin and qualifications in media communications.
* 30 year career in media and publishing: business journalist, magazine editor, media communications director for both government and private sectors, legal author — with a particular interest in women’s rights, humanitarian and environment issues.
* Author of two poetry collections — where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry 2017, 2nd ed 2018) and out of emptied cups (Salmon Poetry, forthcoming in June 2019), with work widely published internationally. Ranked in leading national daily newspaper The Irish Times’ ‘Most-Read’.
* Won/shortlisted for poetry awards in Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia: Overton Poetry Prize (UK); Women’s National Book Association Poetry Competition (USA); Hennessy New Irish Writing and Cúirt International Poetry Prize (Ireland); and Fellowship of Australian Writers Queensland Literary Competition, among others
* Currently Senior Poetry Editor of Other Terrain Journal and Backstory Journal (Swinburne University, Melbourne).
* For more about Anne see anne-casey.com
Eileen is a poet based in Sydney. She trained as a teacher in Singapore and has three years’ experience teaching in high schools in Singapore, and ten years’ experience teaching poetry across age groups and contexts in Australia.
Eileen took a Master of Letters at Sydney University, studying under Judith Beveridge, and was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award for a Doctorate in Creative Arts at Western Sydney University.
She has published eight books — four full length collections with Pitt Street Poetry in Sydney; a book of essays, recipes, and poems, as well as a chapbook of poems, with Recent Work Press in Canberra; a selection of poems in the Braziller Series of Australian Poets with George Braziller in NYC (edited by Paul Kane); and a limited edition collaborative artists’ book of photographs and poems with Charlene Winfred. Her first book, Burning Rice, is the first single-author collection of poems by an Asian-Australian poet to be on the NSW HSC English syllabus, from 2019-2023.
Eileen won the Poets Union Youth Fellowship and was the Australian Poetry Fellow in 2011-2012. Her work has longlisted three times in the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, shortlisted in the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award, and twice for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, among other prizes.
Eileen also founded a micro press, Potts Point Press, in 2014, which produces limited edition letterpressed broadsides of Australian poems, and has edited an edition of Rabbit Poetry Journal in 2018 with the theme of Belonging.
Eileen has previously served as a judge for the Blake Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Kenneth Slessor Prize), the Anne Elder Award, and the Mary Gilmore Award.
For more about Eileen see http://www.eileenchong.com.au/
Lliane is a publisher, producer, writer, journalist and communications manager with over 30 years of experience in the creative industries in London and Sydney. Lliane has a passion for story-telling and working with artists to life the stories they want to tell. Sometimes she is the ‘dream maker’, sometimes she creates her own dreams.
PUBLISHING: Lliane is a published writer and author and has managed major authors across a variety of non-fiction genres. She has commissioned major non-fiction titles for markets in Australia and in London, UK. She has written and created trade and custom publishing titles for companies such as New Hobsons Press, New Holland Publishers International, Bauer Media Books, Emap Media Magazines and others. She runs non-fiction manuscript assessment sessions for Writing NSW and presents non-fiction titles on behalf of authors to publishers such as Hardie Grant, Allen and Unwin/Murdoch, Random House Penguin and New Holland Publishers amongst others.
COMMUNICATIONS: Lliane is a successful media and communications professional and producer in the creative industries. She has conceptualised and delivered PR campaigns, events and programs for a variety of organisations, for example National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), New Music Network, Moorambilla Voices and Studio ARTES. She has worked in government, including the Greater London Council, TAFE NSW and collaborated with the Inner West and Hornsby Shire Councils.
WRITING: Lliane is the Producer and Director of The Monologue Adventure: Voices of Women, a flash fiction/performance project around monologues supported by Writing NSW, Orana Arts, Verity La and Shoalhaven Gallery. She writes music reviews for classikON, and is undertaking a Masters of Arts (Creative Writing and Literature) at Deakin University.
MUSIC IN THE COMMUNITY: Lliane is a soprano and volunteered as President of the award-winning community choir Leichhardt Espresso Chorus, for 14 years supporting Artistic Director Michelle Leonard OAM to produce and manage an annual program of concerts featuring contemporary, commissioned Australian music.
Yvette is multi-award winning poet, national literary judge, editor, stand-up comedienne and acclaimed photographer of femin_desert art and votive objectification in remote central Australia. Brisbane-born, She has lived in the greater region of Central Australia for more than ten years.
Yvette edited the Australian Poetry Anthology Volume VII 2019 and holds a position as a Director on the Board of the Australian Poetry Organisation (Wheeler Centre), Chairperson of FNAWN (First Nations Australian Writers Network), and is an academic in the field of creative writing and contemporary Australian Indigenous studies.
Her poetry has been widely published and translated in print and online, both nationally and internationally. She is currently underground with the 2019 Hot Desk Wheeler Centre Fellowship completing 3068 — a psychoanalytical collection of poetry and prose reflective of a First Nations client engaging with her Jewish analyst in Fitzroy North (postcode, 3068). This will capture Freud escapism on peak-hour trams, Fawkner tombstones that actually talk back, Lacanian dreams in the middle of the day, Jewish girlfriends, middle-age sexuality, Lygon Street wine bars that don’t accept cash, Brunswick Road vegetarian kebabs at midnight, and scrambled eggs in your hair whilst jogging through Princes Park.
Karen is the author of the Kalika Magic series — Emerald Child, The Shaman’s Secret, The Sorrow of the Waters, The Howling Sands and the elusive final book, which she is still working on. She is currently writing a speculative fiction novel for her PhD (English) at the University of Newcastle, exploring themes of nature-based spirituality, deep ecology and traditional wisdom.
Karen grew up on a cattle station on the Liverpool Plains and studied Law and Asian Studies (Japanese) at ANU. She practised as a commercial lawyer for ten years in Canberra before coming to her senses. As a former board member for Ausdance ACT and Gaudeamus: Music for Everyone, she has always been an active member of the arts community. She runs creative writing workshops (huntervalleywriters.com), visits schools, and designs websites in her spare time.
Designer of the incredible Verity La website!
Zeina is an Australian/Lebanese poet, interpreter and translator, and was formerly a columnist for El-Telegraph Arabic newspaper. Her poems, translations of poetry and essays have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Mascara Literary Review, The Red Room Company and Contrapasso. She is currently working on a poetry collection of new and selected poems by Iraqi poet, Khalid Kaki.
Miguel is a poet from Melbourne and a two-time winner of the Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry award, as well as being shortlisted for the New Shoots and Australian Poetry Science poetry prizes.
Anthony is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at UTS. For over twenty years he has taught creative writing and literary theory at a range of institutions, including Johns Hopkins University.
His first novel, Capital, Volume one (A&U 1997, 2nd ed. UWAP 2013) won him a listing as a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist 1998, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Southeast Asian section: Best First Book 1998. His autism memoir, When Horse Became Saw (Penguin 2011), was shortlisted for The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and The Age Book of the Year, both in 2012.
The second novel in his Capital series, Great Western Highway (UWAP 2012), was highly commended for the New South Wales Writers’ Fellowship 2000. His most recent book is Inexperience and Other Stories (UWAP 2016). He is the recipient of numerous Australia Council grants.
His academic research covers literary theory, poststructuralism, narrative theory, and film studies. His refereed articles have appeared in journals such as New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing, Cultural Studies Review, Samuel Becket Today/Aujourd’hui, Screening the Past, Axon, and Sydney Review of Books. He is winner of the inaugural Sussex Samuel Prize (AULLA 2003) for his work on Claude Simon and the mise en abyme.
He has also contributed book reviews, review essays, feature articles and op-ed pieces to The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Bulletin, and The Conversation. His creative and scholarly work has been translated into French, Mandarin and Serbian.
CB is a nonfiction and fanfiction writer, essayist and emerging poet. Winner of the Grace Marion Wilson Emerging Writers Competition, shortlisted for the Overland Fair Australia Prize, and Highly Commended in Writers Victoria’s Writeability Fellowship, cubbie has also been published in The Suburban Review, Mascara Literary Review, The Lifted Brow, Overland, The Victorian Writer, Peril Magazine and Djed Press. Find her on Twitter @cubbieberry and as @cb.mako on Instagram.
Michele Seminara is a poet from Sydney and Managing Editor of Verity La. She has published a full length collection, Engraft, (Island Press, 2016) and two chapbooks: Scar to Scar (written in collaboration with Robbie Coburn, PressPress, 2016) and HUSH (Blank Rune Press, 2017). Her new collection, Suburban Fantasy, is forthcoming from UWA Publishing in 2020.
ACT Poet Melinda Smith is the author of six books and has been nationally recognised for her work, winning the 2014 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry for Drag down to unlock or place an emergency call (Pitt St Poetry, 2013). She is also represented in the 2016 national anthology Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattman, 2016). Her work is widely published in Australian literary magazines and has been translated into Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian and Burmese.
She serves on the Literature Board of the Australia Council as a Peer Assessor and has judged a number of national literary awards including for Arts Queensland, the Newcastle Writers’ Centre and the Australia Institute. She has performed and spoken about her work as an invited guest at many writers’ festivals and literary events including at Voci Lontane Voci Sorelle in Florence, Massey and Victoria Universities in Wellington, NZ, a five-date poetry tour of Japan, and nationally at Sydney, Newcastle and Canberra Writers’ Festivals, the Queensland and Perth Poetry Festivals, Poetry on the Move at the University of Canberra, the National Folk Festival, and many more.
She is in increasing demand as a translator of poetry, particularly from Japanese (which she studied at ANU and at Kansai University in Osaka). Working with Dr Rina Kikuchi she has recently published several translations of the work of Japanese women poets Harumi Kawaguchi and Mizuki Misumi.
She is also heavily involved in the ACT literary community as a performer, promoter, editor and teacher. She served as Poetry Editor of The Canberra Times from 2015-2017, and currently co-curates a weekly series of poetry readings at Smith’s Alternative called ‘That Poetry Thing’, which has so far featured over 100 local and interstate poets and over 400 open mic performances. In addition she is regularly invited to teach poetry workshops both in the ACT and interstate. She is also currently on the board of The Childers Group, an independent arts advocacy organisation based in Canberra.
She has a substantial collaborative practice, having worked with the Australian Dance Party, musicians from Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and visual artists Caren Florance and Rhonda Ayliffe among others. The results of these collaborations have been exhibited at the Museum of Australian Democracy, ArtSpace Mackay, Contour 556 Public Art Biennial, EastSpace Gallery, and ArtSpace M16, performed at Noted Festival, Art Not Apart, and Ainslie Arts Centre, and are held in the permanent collections of the National Library and the State Library of NSW.
She has received two substantial ArtsACT creative grants to write new work, as well as a Bundanon residency in 2016 and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Grant (Writers Victoria) in 2018.
Gaele is a writer and a producer. Her published works include, Colour Me Blue (Heinemann), My Longest Round (Magabala Books) and recent short stories in Hecate,Verity La, Meanjin and the anthology, Botswana Women Write (University of Kwazulu-Natal Press). She was commissioned by Urban Theatre Projects to write for Home Country, Sydney Festival, 2017. She has written poems for Flow, a 2019 series of dance performances by Linda Luke.
Gaele facilitated the Access2Arts Embody project for disabled writers, the Writing Me project, and is currently leading the THANK project in Adelaide. She is co-editor of /dɪsˈrʌpt/, an online platform for D/deaf and disabled artists, with Verity La.
She is the founding director of Outlandish Arts, a disabled-led, not-for-profit arts organisation which focuses on words as the catalyst for experimentation and improvisation that engage with various art forms. Gaele served on the board of Access2Arts and currently sits on the State Library of NSW Inclusion Advisory Committee. She consults with organisations to help them improve equality of access, inclusion and diversity. She worked as a consultant for Accessible Arts to write the Art Gallery NSW DIAP 2017 – 2020, to develop Blacktown Arts’ DIAP, and on disability access research and review for Australian Chamber Orchestra.
She has a PhD in literature from the University of Hull, UK.
* Founder and former editor of Tincture Journal (2013-2017)
* Certificate of Arts (Literature) and Master of Arts (Writing)
* Winner in the 2018 Novella Project VI — novella, Shanghai Wedding, published in Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal
* Winner of the Transportation Press flash fiction award in 2017 for ‘Dalian Blood Futures’
* Other fiction published in Verity La, Peril Magazine, antiTHESIS Journal, The Suburban Review, Mascara Literary Review and Hello Mr Magazine
* Software developer with 18 years industry experience
* Interested in using technology to make literature more accessible
* Designer of Verity La’s awesome eBooks!