Michael Harlow lives in Central Otago. He has been practising Jungian therapy for about 20 years, been writing since childhood and published seven collections of poetry.
Owen Marshall has written or edited 25 books, including three collections of poetry. He is better known for his short stories and fiction, but he loves to extend himself.
Ben Brown was awarded the Maori Writer's Residency at the Michael King Writers' Centre for 2011 at Devonport. There he worked on Between the Kindling and the Blaze.
Selina Tusitala Marsh's first collection of poems, Fast Talking PI (Auckland University Press, 2009), won the Jessie Mackay Award for Best First Book of Poetry in the 2010 NZ Post Book Awards.
John O'Connor's poetry has been widely published. His haiku have been internationally anthologised and translated into eight languages. A Particular Context (Sudden Valley Press, 1999) concentrated on the Catholic ghetto of Addington in the 1950s and '60s.
Kiri Piahana-Wong is a young woman whose poem Of books and bookcases appeared in the excellent collection Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Godwit, 2012), edited by Paula Green.
Charlotte Trevella is only 20. In 2008 she was selected as one of the top 15 youth poets in the world.
Ian Wedde is New Zealand's Poet Laureate. The Life-Guard: Poems 2008-2013 is to be launched at the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival this month.
The bodies of Robert Falcon Scott and his fellow polar explorers were found on the Antarctic ice 100 years ago this November. Bill Manhire, together with photographer Anne Noble, composer Norman Meehan and singer Hannah Griffin has produced These Rough Notes (Victoria University Press, hbk).
Bill Manhire was born in Invercargill in 1946. As a shy little boy he was taught by two All Blacks in Southland. He also started a children's library at his parents' pub in Clinton.