Brenda Allen teaches in the Department of Film, Television and Media Studies at the University of Auckland. Together with Cassandra Fusco, she is co-editor of the cultural studies and reviews sections for takahē.
Mary Cresswell is an established poet and science editor. Born in Los Angeles, she moved to New Zealand in 1970. Her poetry has appeared in New Zealand, Australian, Canadian, US and UK literary journals.
Christopher Gomez was born in Paris (1978) and spent his childhood between his hometown in France, South Devon (UK) and South-Germany before he graduating from Sorbonne University with a PhD in Environmental Sciences. Enjoying a passion for both the sciences and the arts, he took an academic break, becoming a designer and then a creative director in Singapore until the scientific road lead him to Japan and then to New Zealand where he is currently a Senior Lecturer in geography at the University of Canterbury.
Janet Newman is a Master of Creative Writing student at Massey University. Her short stories and poems have been published in takahē and other New Zealand journals. She was a runner-up in the 2012 takahē Poetry Competition, and highly commended in the 2013 Caselberg International Poetry Competition.
Patricia Prime is co-editor of Kokako, reviews/interviews editor of Haibun Today, and writes reviews for several journals including takahē, Gusts and Atlas Poetica. She was one of the editors for the Take Five Tanka Anthologies 2008-2011. She writes haiku, tanka, haibun, tanka prose and renga and has published her poetry worldwide. Her poetry, interviews and reviews have been published in the World Poetry Almanac (Mongolia) from 2009-2012. Patricia is a member of GIEWEC (India) and is on the Advisory Board of the New Fiction Journal (India). Currently Patricia is one of the editors of the World Haiku Anthology, edited by Dr. Bruce Ross, to be published in 2013.
Sue Wootton is a poet and fiction writer whose work has been widely published and anthologised. She is the author of four poetry collections, a children’s book called Cloudcatcher, and a short story collection (The Happiest Music on Earth). Her screenplay Bleat was produced as a short film by Short Film Otago in 2014. She has won several awards for her writing and was the 2008 Robert Burns Fellow at the University of Otago. Sue holds a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Massey University. Her website is suewootton.com.