Art and Essays
Dr Andrew Paul Wood is an art and cultural historian and critic. He writes for the New Zealand Listener, Fairfax, Art News, and EyeContact among others. His most recent book, with Friedrich Voit, is a translated selected poems of the German-Jewish refugee poet Karl Wolfskehl, Three Worlds / Drei Welten (Cold Hub Press 2016).
Jane Seaford is the joint Fiction Editor. Her novel Archie’s Daughter was accepted by Really Blue Books and e-published in 2012, and has received excellent reviews. Several of her short stories have been placed, highly commended or short-listed in international competitions, and appeared in anthologies and magazines. Others have been broadcast on Radio New Zealand. She has also taught creative writing and worked as a freelance journalist.
Rachel Smith is a freelance writer and joint Fiction Editor for takahē, currently residing in the Cook Islands. She writes short fiction, flash fiction and poetry, with her work found in Flash Frontier, JAAM and past takahē issues. She was longlisted for National Flash Fiction Day in 2014, and in 2016 was awarded a Commended for two of her stories. Rachel is a member of the South Island Writers’ Association. Her website is: http://rachelmsmithnz.wix.com/rachel-smith.
James Norcliffe has published nine collections of poetry, most recently Dark Days at the Oxygen Café (2016). He has also written a number of fantasy novels for young people including the award-winning Loblolly Boy books and Felix and the Red Rats. With Harry Ricketts and Siobhan Harvey he edited the recent Essential New Zealand Poems: Facing the Empty Page (2014) and with Joanna Preston the anthology Leaving the Red Zone: poems from the Canterbury Earthquakes (2016).
An editor with Flash Frontier, he is currently editing a major anthology of flash fiction / prose poetry with Michelle Elvy and Frankie McMillan. James has had a long association with takahē, having been at various times in previous lives both poetry and fiction editor.
Cassandra Fusco joined takahē as a volunteer typist for issue 17 (1994). Over subsequent issues she developed the Art section and initiated the Cultural Studies and Review sections of the magazine, which she edited or co-edited until 2015. She is the NZ editor for three international magazines: Craft Arts International (Sydney); Asian Art News (Hong Kong) and World Sculpture News (Hong Kong). Her PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Gordon Spence (UC) and titled, ‘Between Words and Meaning’, explored Brian Friel’s idiomatic translations of works by Turgenev and Chekhov. The thesis critically compared three ‘standard’ English translations (of the Russian texts) against the original works, and proceeded to affirm the validity and relevance of Friel’s target-audience oriented translations, and to contest dominant translation theory notions of ‘standard’ translations.
Administration & Board Secretary
Céline Gibson shares her home in Christchurch with a cat and a bagpiper fiend. Her short stories have been published internationally and nationally, online and in paperback form. She is a regular contributor to Flash Frontier and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival.
Juliana Feaver is a fiction writer who joined the collective as Competitions Secretary in 2011, since when she has managed to bring order to the chaos of over individual 1500 entries in our various competitions. She also handles incoming postal correspondence. She has a Diploma in Expressive Arts from Massey University, and is a graduate of Hagley Writers’ Institute.
Catherine Fitchett is a poet, and the Takahē Collective’s database administrator.
Maurice Lye is a freelance photographer and graphics designer with numerous exhibitions to his name, and is responsible for the layout of artwork in the print magazine.
Peter Fitchett is a computer consultant, web designer, photographer and multi-media practitioner. He is responsible for the layout of the print magazine.
Treasurer (& Twitter Maestro)
Erik Kennedy is a poet and critic. Originally from New Jersey, he studied English at Rutgers and Princeton. His poems and reviews have appeared in numerous publications in the US, the UK and New Zealand. He blogs about poetry and poetics for Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and has a following of over 7,400 on Twitter (@thetearooms).
Brad McNeur is the Takahē Web Master.
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