Every contributor to Open Field has been asked – begged – by us to be involved. They are all amazingly talented.
Contributors to Issue Three
Contributors to Issue Two
Elif Shafak is an award-winning Turkish writer who has published twelve books, eight of which are novels. Her novels include The Bastard of Istanbul (longlisted for the Orange Prize), The Forty Rules of Love, and Honour. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Le Monde and Haberturk.
Emma Donoghue is the author of seven novels, four collections of stories, plays for stage and radio, and literary history. Donoghue’s books include Slammerkin, The Sealed Letter (longlisted for the Orange Prize), Room (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and Orange Prize), and most recently, Astray.
American-born surrealist artist Nancy Fouts has lived and worked in London for the past forty years, graduating from the Chelsea College of Art and then the Royal College of the Arts. Fouts takes a fresh and often startling approach to representing objects in radically unusual ways.
Claire Messud is a highly respected writer and professor. Her novel When the World Was Steady was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. The Emperor’s Children was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She has been awarded both a Guggenheim and a Radcliffe Fellowship. Messud’s latest novel is The Woman Upstairs.
Lily Brett lives in New York City. She has written five novels, three collections of essays, and seven volumes of poetry. Her work explores the lives of Holocaust survivors and their children, the experiences of modern women, and life in New York. Her latest novel is Lola Bensky.
Ione Skye is an actor and painter. She has starred in films including River’s Edge, Gas Food Lodging and The Rachel Papers. Skye has also painted since she was a teenager, showing her work in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Skye has directed films and music videos, most recently the short film David Goldberg.
Andrea Busfield has worked as a journalist for The Sun, the News of the World, and Gulf Times. She travelled to Afghanistan to cover the fall of the Taliban in 2001 for the News of the World, then worked in Kabul as a newspaper editor. She is the author of Born Under a Million Shadows and Aphrodite’s War.
Julia Baird is an author, broadcaster and journalist. She worked as a columnist and deputy editor of Newsweek, and her writing has appeared in the Daily Beast, Harpers Bazaar, the Guardian, the Monthly, the New York Times, and the Sydney Morning Herald. She is writing a biography of Queen Victoria.
Erica McDonald is a photographer, educator and curator based in New York City. Her work has been published in Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Financial Times Weekend Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, and Popular Photography. She is the founder of DEVELOP Photo.
Ondine Cohane was born in Ireland, moved to England, then to Italy, and attended eight schools before she turned twelve. She has been a contributing editor for Conde Nast Traveler since 2002 and also writes for the New York Times, Bon Appetit, Brazil Vogue, Details, and GQ.
Clea Roberts lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. Her collection of poems, Here Is Where We Disembark, was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award, and the ReLit Award. Her work has been nominated for a National Magazine Award and was a finalist for the 2012 Arc Poem of the Year Contest. She co-organises the Whitehorse Poetry Festival.
Photographer Stephanie Schuster sees the magical, remarkable, and beautiful where others may only see the familiar. Good fortune led her from Wisconsin to Chicago to San Francisco to Los Angeles. The contrast between her surroundings as a child and her life in big cities has given her a unique perspective.
Sarah Garlick is a climber, writer, and educator specialising in earth and environmental science. She has made first ascents of rock walls in Greenland, the Middle East, and Newfoundland, and scaled alpine routes in Patagonia, Peru, and the Canadian Rockies. Garlick is the author of Flakes, Jugs and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology.
Kelly Gardiner is an Australian writer, journalist and editor. Her books include the young adult novel Act of Faith, and the ‘Swashbuckler’ pirate trilogy. She is writing the sequel to Act of Faith, and a novel based on the life of seventeenth-century swordswoman and opera star, Mademoiselle de Maupin.
Aga Luczakowska is a Polish photographer based in Romania. She began her career working as a photographer for Polish newspaper Dziennik Zachodni. In 2007 she left for Istanbul for two years before moving to Italy to study. Since 2010 she has lived and photographed in Bucharest.
Sarah Darmody wrote the prize-winning novel Ticket to Ride – Lost and Found in America, and has worked as a journalist and film critic in the United States, and in the film industry in New York. She is the author of Film: It’s a Contact Sport, and a contributor to the collection Take Me With You.
Corrie is a writer and editor based in Brisbane. Her feature articles and reviews appear in various magazines, the Brisbane street press, and online. She also teaches writing to post-graduate students at the University of Queensland.
Tara June Winch
Tara June Winch is an Australian writer based in Paris. In 2008, as the recipient of the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Award, she worked in New York and Nigeria, under the guidance of Wole Soyinka. Her writing has been published in McSweeneys, Best Australian Stories, and Vogue. Her first novel was Swallow the Air.
Meg Mundell’s writing been published in Meanjin, Best Australian Stories and Australian Book Review, and in newspapers the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Financial Review. Her first novel is titled Black Glass; her debut short story collection is Things I Did for Money.
Britney Anne Majure
Mississippi-born photographer Britney Anne Majure has more than eight years experience in photo reportage. She has travelled widely, living and working in Berlin, New York City, Bangkok, and throughout the American South and Caribbean. Her primary photographic interest is with portraiture and documentary.
Marcella is a writer, journalist and yoga teacher. For many years she worked as an editor, copywriter, television producer and, since 1999, as a freelance journalist for the Age and the Sydney Morning Herald. In her mid-twenties, Bidinost became the founder and director of Little Big Shots, Australia’s film festival for children.
Claudia Coutu Radmore
Claudia Coutu Radmore’s Japanese-form poetry has been published internationally. Her book Accidentals won the 2011 bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award. She is the editor of Arctic Twilight: Leonard Budgell and Canada’s Changing North, the author of a minute or two/ without remembering, and a founding member of Ottowa’s poetry festival, VERSeFest.
Emily Ross is an Australian writer and director of Emily Ross Bespoke. She has more than two decades of writing and editing experience, including editing flagship issues of Business Review Weekly. Ross is co-author of 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them and 50 Great e-Businesses and the Minds Behind Them.
Sally McLaren lives in Japan and Sri Lanka, and travels to all places in between. Her work has appeared in Meanjin, Asian Geographic, and Feminist Media Studies. McLaren has a PhD in Media Studies from Ritsumeikan University. She is currently filming a documentary on ecology and culture in Sri Lanka.
Dawn E. O’Day
Dawn E. O’Day is a photographer and educator based in Kyoto. She has a special interest in photographing people from enduring cultures, such as women in the Karen Village along the Thailand/Burmese (Myanmar) border and Japan’s geisha.
Anne Treasure works in the book publishing industry, promoting the cause of digital books and reading. A citizen of the internet, she lives in Sydney and enjoys gin, Twitter and communicating in all caps.
Patti Miller is the author of Writing Your Life, The Last One Who Remembers, The Memoir Book, and The Mind of a Thief. Miller runs workshops at universities, writers’ centres, and at retreats in Paris and Bali, as well as for migrant and Aboriginal communities. She teaches memoir at the Faber Academy in Sydney.
Irina Popova was born in Tver, Russia. She began working at sixteen, and won her first prize a year later. After studying in St Petersburg, she travelled to the Caucasus when war broke out between Russia and Georgia. Her images, published in Russian Reporter and Ogoniok, confirmed her as a photojournalist of note.
Johanna Heldebro holds a BFA in Photography from Concordia University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Heldebro has exhibited in Indonesia, Finland, Sweden, Russia, and throughout North America. She is co-editor of Laura, a print arts periodical she launched in 2010 with Jared Leon.
Sweethearts is an all-girl band based at Geelong’s Matthew Flinders Girls Secondary College, Australia. The band has played at major festivals around the world including Switzerland’s Montreux jazz and Italy’s Porretta soul festivals.
Contributors to Issue One
Afghan-born Pakistani poet and writer Fatima Bhutto is the granddaughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and niece of Benazir Bhutto. Her work has appeared in The New Statesman, the Guardian, the Daily Beast, and more. In 2010 she published her third book, Songs of Blood and Sword.
Staff cartoonist for The New Yorker, writer and public speaker, Liza Donnelly has contributed to numerous publications and written and edited fifteen books, the most recent of which is When Do They Serve the Wine? Donnelly has spoken at TED and taught at Vassar College.
Anne Summers, AO, is a celebrated journalist and author. Among her many achievements, Summers was head of the Office of the Status of Women for Prime Minister Hawke and advisor on women’s issues to Prime Minister Keating, editor-in-chief of Ms, and chair of the board of Greenpeace International. Her book Damned Whores and God’s Police is a landmark study of the role of women in Australian society. Her most recent book is The Misogyny Factor.
Joanna Hershon is the author of the novels Swimming, The Outside of August, The German Bride and A Dual Inheritance. Her writing has appeared in One Story, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Post Road, Forklift, Ohio, and literary anthology Brooklyn Was Mine, and was shortlisted for the 2007 O. Henry Prize Stories. She has taught in the Undergraduate Creative Writing department at Columbia University. Her most recent book is A Dual Inheritance.
Louise Weaver is a visual artist and lecturer in painting at RMIT’s School of Art. She has produced installations, sculpture, paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, glass, photographs, digital and sound work since 1986. Weaver has exhibited throughout Australia and overseas, and her work is represented in several State collections.
Singer-songwriter Sally Seltmann performed as New Buffalo until 2009. She has been involved in numerous collaborative projects – most recently Seeker Lover Keeper, with Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko – and solo endeavours. Seltmann is co-writer of the bestselling song ‘1234’, performed by Feist. Her music has been featured on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, Underbelly and Offspring.
Alice Garner is an writer, actor, academic, musician and mother of three. She began her acting career in 1982 in the film Monkey Grip which was based on her mother’s book of the same name. She later starred in Love and Other Catastrophes and the series Sea Change, among others. In 2001, she co-founded Actors for Refugees. Garner holds a Ph.D in French history and has published two books: The Student Chronicles and A Shifting Shore: Locals, Outsiders, and the Transformation of a French Fishing Town, 1823-2000.
Claudia Karvan is one of Australia’s most respected actors. She is co-creator, producer and lead actor in the series Spirited. Her film credits include Daybreakers opposite Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe, Gillian Armstrong’s High Tide with Judy Davis, Phillip Noyce’s Echoes of Paradise, The Heartbreak Kid, and Paperback Hero with Hugh Jackman. Karvan has starred in countless television shows including The Secret Life of Us, My Brother Jack, and Love My Way, for which she is creator, producer and star.
Susan Piperato is a magazine writer and editor. She has also worked as a book editor and lecturer. Currently, she is writing her first novel and children’s book, and is based in the Hudson Valley and New York City.
Sophie Byrne established Passion Pictures Australia in 2003. Byrne was the producer of the 2011 Oscar-winning short film, Shaun Tan’s The Lost Thing in association with Screen Australia and Passion Pictures UK. She has also worked on videos for the band Gorillaz. Byrne is currently working on feature film versions of Nathan Jurevicius’ Scarygirl and Tan’s graphic novel The Arrival (with US-based Nick Wechsler Productions).
Born in Luang Prahbang, Laos, Nahji Chu is a restaurateur and caterer who heads a business that fuses her life story and commitment to Vietnamese food with culinary skills honed over years. Among her businesses are the Misschu tuckshops in Sydney and Melbourne, and the Opera Kitchen at the Sydney Opera House.
Wajma Mohseni is Marketing Director at Moby Group and Senior Advisor at the FARSI1 television channel and Zemzemeh TV. Born in Afghanistan, Mohseni spent much of her childhood in Japan before moving to Australia. In 2004, she travelled from Melbourne to Kabul to work for the Mohseni family’s company Moby, which has been a pioneer in changing Afghanistan’s media landscape.
Under the House & Universe umbrella, Emma Davis works as a visual merchandiser, stylist and creative director. Davis works with recycled materials and found objects and has a highly trained eye, an obsession with detail and a multi-sensory approach to design.
Canadian writer Sue Goyette has published three collections of poetry, The True Names of Birds, Undone, and Outskirts, and a novel, Lures. She has been nominated for numerous awards and won the 2008 CBC Literary Prize for Poetry. In 2011, she received an Established Artist Recognition Award. Goyette has taught at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Blue Heron Workshop, the Sage Hill Experience and currently teaches at Dalhousie University.
Amira Al-Sharif is a photojournalist based in Yemen. In 2011, she was named by Newsweek and The Daily Beast website as one of the ‘150 Women Who Shake the World’. She has studied at New York’s International Center of Photography where she created the photographic project Unveiling Misconceptions: A Muslim Woman Documents Lives of American Women. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
Trained as a classical ballerina and architect, Lucy McRae now works as a body artist, straddling the worlds of fashion, technology and art. Her body art re-imagines the human silhouette in ways that are beautiful and often confronting. McRae also works as a director, art director and innovation consultant.
Liz Kennedy is a community development consultant based in Melbourne. Kennedy has worked for World Vision Australia, the Australian Red Cross, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, among others, and has travelled extensively throughout her life.
Emma-Kate Croghan is the writer and director of feature films Love and Other Catastrophes, Strange Planet, short film Come As You Are, and documentary I’m Only Looking: The Best of INXS. She is currently working on a feature film script. In 2010, Croghan left her New York brownstone to live aboard a catamaran for a year with her husband and two children.
Lily Almog is a photographer based in New York. She has exhibited her work at galleries in Wales, the Czech Republic, Denmark and New York, and has been in numerous group shows. Almog’s photographs have appeared in New York, Fotograf, the Miami Herald, the Boston Globe, Vogue Australia, and several books. Her work is included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Norton Museum of Art (Florida), Musée de la Photographie (Belgium), and the Herzliya Museum of Art (Israel).
Pia Abrahams is a Melbourne-based writer and mother of three. She has written for print and online publications and is completing a course in professional writing and editing at RMIT.
Poet and writer Annik Adey-Babinski grew up in Ottawa, Canada, where she now lives after six years in Montreal. Her poems have been published in Burner Magazine, Scrivener Creative Review and Soliloquies Anthology.
Sigrid Sarda is an artist based in New York. She attended SUNY at Purchase and then moved to Paris. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums in France, Germany, and throughout the United States. Her work is found in numerous private collections.
Caroline Roessler is an editor, author and journalist with more than 15 years’ experience in magazines. She is the co-founder and editor of We Recommend. Prior to that she was one of the publishers of The Hoopla website, editor of Notebook, a monthly lifestyle magazine. For eight years Roessler was managing editor of Australian Women’s Weekly. She has held senior positions with New Idea, NW and Australian Country Style.
Writer Kate Veitch was born in Adelaide, grew up in Melbourne, and has lived in Darwin, New York and Ubud. She now divides her time between Australia and San Francisco. Her first novel, Listen, was published in the United States as Without a Backward Glance. Her second novel, Trust, was released in 2010.
Argentinean poet Guadalupe Muro is the author of ¿Con quien dormías? She is currently working on her first novel written first in English and selftranslated then to Spanish. Muro was born in North Patagonia where she lives. She manages the collaborative literary project Las cartas de Guadalupe.
Melbourne-based writer and producer Marissa Cooke has worked extensively in television, cross-platform entertainment and digital media over the past ten years on a range of innovative, award-winning projects. She was also, once, a ballerina.
Born in San Francisco, raised in Brisbane, and now residing in Melbourne, Kirsten Alexander is a writer, copywriter, and the editor of Open Field. She recently finished her first fiction manuscript which is represented by the Jacinta di Mase Agency.