Luci Everett is the cover artist for issue two. She is usually riding her bike around Melbourne pretending she’s not scared of buses. She likes cut paper and paint, the Richmond market on Saturdays, kind people and good coffee.

Shawn Lu is studying Visual Arts at RMIT and is currently travelling around Romania. He picked up a Robert Crumb comic when he was ten and hasn’t turned back since.

Joel Magarey‘s memoir, Exposure, will be published by Wakefield Press in 2009. His work has appeared in several literary journals and on the internet. He lives in Melbourne and reports on parliamentary debates for Victorian Hansard.

Frédéric Verhelst is an amateur photographer born in Belgium but currently living in Norway.

Elizabeth Bryer is originally from Gippsland and has lived in Peru and Spain. She has completed an honours degree at the University of Melbourne and is now pursuing a Masters of interpreting and translation at Monash University. Her fiction and poetry has won various competitions and she is currently at drafting stage of a full-length work about the year she spent in Peru. Email ekbryer@gmail.com.

Ande Cook is a painter and illustrator from Atlanta, USA. She has illustrated children’s books including Firefly’s First Flight and The Merchant and the Parrot as well as posters, cards and museum catalogs. 

Shelby Healey is an artist from the UK who creates colourful mixed-media pieces inspired by unpredictable colour combinations and patterns found in nature and her surroundings. 

Andre Dao has multiple personality disorder. By day he is a Melbourne-based writer, musician and editor. He has been known to moonlight as an installation and performance artist, but his true passion is for peaches. Andre is also a member of the Spill Collective and he thinks human rights can be fun/interesting/sexy! He edits Right Now Magazine and he’d love to hear from people interested in writing articles or poetry with a human rights or social justice focus. Send him a line at andre@rightnow.org.au. Otherwise send a 100-250 word story about ‘Frank’ to cellardoormagazine@gmail.com – he’s trying to make a zine!

Carlie Jennings looks exactly like Milly Molly Mandy grown up. She belongs on Prince Edward Island, but unfortunately can’t relocate there due to her slightly unnerving love of social soccer.

Holly Hutchinson grew up in Kiama, New South Wales and has been published in the journals Going Down Swinging, Linq, Visible Ink and Voiceworks. In 2007 she was shortlisted in the Hastings Legend award for her short story Risk. She lives and works in Eton, United Kingdom, as a librarian and co-edits a local zine called BERK(shire). Email h.hutchinson@etoncollege.org.uk

Tess Kerbel is a writer and editor, born in South Africa. Her poems and stories have been published in Blue Dog, The UTS Writers AnthologyRubric and Voiceworks. She lives on one side of Sydney and works on the other. There is water between.

Amy Jackson is an Australian/Canadian writer from Melbourne. Her poetry and short fiction have been shortlisted in the 2007 SOYA Awards. Her novel manuscript The Islands was shortlisted for the 2007 Young Writer of the Year by the Sunshine Coast Literary Association, longlisted for the Varuna/HarperCollins Manuscript Award and won a place in Varuna’s Pathways to Publication Masterclass Residency. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in anthologies, magazines and journals in Australia and America. She is currently working on her second novel.

Imogen Stubbs is harvest‘s art director. She’s a typesetter, designer and editor from Melbourne. She spends her free time dancing in the kitchen, baking carrot cake and drinking tea.

Merethe Tingstad was born in Norway. She has previously worked with costumes and properties in opera, ballet, theatre, film and TV and has been involved in various illustrations projects and in a range of exhibitions. 

Nghiem Tran wants you to picture his author photo. He is looking up at the camera as if interrupted mid-sentence when actually he has been holding that pose for five minutes. If you are reading this then the poison will already be in your system. The only known antidote, flushed down the sewers by your own big browned hand. As oblivion approaches, how do you intend to spend these last moments? Perhaps some silent reflection? Or better still, write Nghiem some fan mail. He has no blog. No internet presence. He is the quiet guy at your work. The onion in your brown eye. The Spanish fly in your oinkment. Nghiem welcomes praise and friendly overtures but warns potential applicants that he is disappointingly less entertaining in person than in prose. He also unyieldingly cannot be friends with people who litter, damage library books, read Dan Brown or write poor e-mails. Homme just don’t roll that way.

If you really must know, his literary influences include Proust, Orwell, Faulkner and other high brow shit. He cherry picks the classics so he’ll probably know what you’re on about. He attributes his humour to a childhood filled with Mel Brooks, Warner Brothers and “1,001 More Jokes for Kids” read over and over. Unfortunately he never got his hands on the original “1,001 Jokes for Kids” and suspects his humour might be the second rate kind that only makes it into sequels. Issue 2 appropriately is his first appearance in harvest.

Barrett Cook was born in 1980 and lives in San Francisco, California. He is interested in handmade collage and photography. 

Anne M. Carson is passionate about writing and its capacity to affirm human values. She has recently finished a memoir about her fifteen-year friendship with a woman with an intellectual disability, and writes pieces for radio broadcast.

Suzanne J. Willis is studying part-time at RMIT University, while working full time. Her writing is inspired by fairytales, magic realism and speculative fiction. Her favourite time is spent at home with her partner, and spoiling her pooch.

Cassandra Warren lives and works on the eastern coast of the United States. She favours organic subjects mixed with a bit of the surreal, and prefers found paper as her canvas.

Patrick Cullen spent his childhood in rural New South Wales, drifted to the coastal city of Newcastle, and now lives on a property in the Hunter Valley. Five of the twelve stories in first collection – written as part of a PhD at the University of Newcastle – were published in Best Australian Stories between 2005 and 2007. The collection will be released by Scribe in 2009. Patrick is currently writing a novella, one long and several short film scripts, and a second collection of stories. His website – once he gets his act together – will be http://www.patrick.cullen.com.au but for now he can be contacted at patrick.cullen@studentmail.newcastle.edu.au.

Susana Raab is a documentary photographer and former English major based in Washington, DC. Her series A Sense of Place, explores the homes of William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O’Connors. 

Caro Cooper feels awkward writing about herself in third person. She hopes you are okay.

Sarah Bernhard is a 26-year-old photographer from Germany. She has studied political and communication science, sociology and photography, and filled dozens of sketchbooks with little drawings. 

Shane McCauley is a poet and English lecturer from Perth, Western Australia. He has published five volumes of poetry, the most recent being Glassmaker (2005).

Elsa Mora is a full-time artist, mum to two children and wife of a man named Bill. She was raised in Cuba and now lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys running an online store of her work.

Stephanie Toppin is an artist from Texas, USA. Her work is a mix of large scale mix-media paintings, ink drawings and collage. 

Paul Mitchell‘s books are Minorphysics, Awake Despite the Hour and Dodging the Bull. He performs his work regularly – especially to his cat, kids and fiancé.

Su Lynn Cheah was born in Penang, Malaysia in 1986 and has been studying at Monash University for far too long. She likes reading Hart Crane and C.P. Cavafy.

harvest editors – Davina, Julia and Rachael – spent an afternoon interviewing the entertaining first-time author Anya Ullinich (Petropolis), enduring loud country music, clanking coffee cups and wayward accents.

Michael Crane has published more than 300 poems in journals and newspapers and organises the Paradise Anthology and Poetry Idol as part of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival. He performs musical poems with songwriter Trish Anderson.

Jonathan Shaw was formerly the editor of the NSW Department of Education’s School Magazine. Having dispensed rejection slips in that capacity for fifteen years he is now amassing his own collection.

Nathan Curnow‘s first collection of poetry is No Other Life But This. With funding from the Australia Council he spent 2007 sleeping at ten haunted sites around the country, writing a collection of poems based upon his experiences.

Geoff Lemon is harvest’s poetry editor. His first book, Sunblind, has just been released by Picaro Press. He is a six-time slam winner and runs Melbourne’s Wordplay readings (aka Blue Velvet). His work appears in Best Australian Stories, Going Down Swinging, and Blue Dog.