Art and Essays
Andrew Paul Wood is an art and cultural historian and critic. He writes for Art News, Sydney Review of Books, New Zealand Books and EyeContact among others. His recent books include, with Friedrich Voit, is a translated selected poems of the German-Jewish refugee poet Karl Wolfskehl, Three Worlds / Drei Welten (Cold Hub Press 2016), and Dunediniad: A Psychogeographical Ode to Dunedin (Kilmog Press 2018). He is currently researching the social history of the pavlova.
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Jane Seaford is the joint Fiction Editor. Her novels, ‘The Insides of Banana Skins’ and ‘Archie’s Daughter’ and her short story collection, ‘Dead is Dead and Other Stories’ have received excellent reviews.Several of Jane’s stories have been placed, highly commended or short-listed in international competitions. Many have appeared in anthologies or magazines. Others have been broadcast.As a freelance journalist, she had a column in a magazine called ‘Bonjour’ and sold pieces to the Guardian, the Independent and other British publications. Her website is janeseaford.com
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.
Gail Ingram is joint poetry editor. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in numerous publications here and overseas, including Poetry New Zealand, takahē, Atlanta Review, Blue Five Notebook, Flash Frontier, Cordite Poetry Review and Manifesto. Awards include winner of New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry competition and Third Prize Poets Meet Politics International Poetry Competition (Ireland). She is Associate Editor for Flash Frontier, a member of South Island Writers and also spends time teaching at the School for Young Writers in Christchurch. You can find her at https://www.theseventhletter.nz/
Jeni Curtis is joint poetry editor. Her bio is coming soon. Watch this space
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.
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Dr. Jeni Curtis is the chair person of the Takahe board.
Sarah van Eyndhoven is the honorary secretary of the board.
Zoë Meager has a Master of Creative Writing from the University of Auckland, and her short stories have been commended and published at home and abroad. She likes zines, collaboration, and is a fiction reader for Overland. There’s more about her work at zoemeager.com, and tweets @ZoeMeager.
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.
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Erik Kennedy‘s first book of poems will be published by Victoria University Press in 2018. He is the poetry editor for Queen Mob’s Teahouse. He lives in Christchurch.
Brad McNeur is a computer graduate from CPIT with a bachelor’s degree specializing in programming. Currently, he is responsible for updating and managing the takahe website.
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