Biographies of Polari Journal's Contributors' appear in alphabetical order below:  

Virginia Woolf 




Angguish, Dallas. Dallas Angguish is a writer based in Australia. He has been published in a number of journals - Lodestar Quarterly, Retort Magazine, Bukker Tillibul - as well as in a number of anthologies, including Dumped (1999), Bend, Don't Shatter (2004) and the US edition of Dumped released in 2003. A collection of Dallas Angguish’s short stories, Anywhere But Here (2006), was published in Australia by Showpony Press to positive reviews. He occasionally writes erotica, some of which has been published in anthologies including Boys In Heat (2008). Angguish has also curated and performed at dozens of spoken word and performance events. Events that Angguish curated and that included his own work include: Typecast (1995), Don't Move (1993) and Gesture (1992) - all at Bartleme Galleries - and Second-hand Blues (2003) at the Nash Theatre Brisbane. He has also read or performed his writing at Brisbane LGBT Pride Festival (2001, 1999, 1998, 1991), Queensland Poetry Festival (2000, 2002) and Melbourne's Midsumma Festival (2007). Angguish is currently completing a PhD in Writing at Griffith University.

Brown, Pam. Pam Brown's poetry has been published in many journals both in Australia and internationally. Since 1971 she has published sixteen books , seven chapbooks and an e-book of poetry & prose. She has also written reviews, essays, filmscripts and performance texts. In 1991 she taught Australian poetry at the University for Foreign Languages in Hanoi, Vietnam. In 1993 Pam Brown was a guest at the Festival Franco-Anglais de Poésie in Paris, France and at the inaugural International Literature Festival in Berlin in August 2001. In 2003 she was a guest at the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Barcelona, Spain. In 2004, after having been shortlisted twice before for earlier books, her collection Dear Deliria (Salt Publishing, UK) won the Kenneth Slessor Prize, the NSW Premier's Award for Poetry. Her most recent books are True Thoughts (Salt Publishing) 2008 and Authentic Local (soi3 Modern Poets) 2010. In October 2008 she was a guest at the Trois Rivières International Poetry Festival in Québec, Canada and at the University of Richmond, Virginia. She also read poems at Robin's Bookstore in Philadelphia Pennsylvania in October 2008. She travelled to Prague and Brno in the Czech Republic to participate in the Micro Festival Poetry Series in April 2009.


Chin, Staceyann. Staceyann Chin is the recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award. She unapologetically identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City. A proud Jamaican National, Staceyann’s voice was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she spoke candidly about her experiences of growing up on the island and the dire consequences of her coming-out there. Widely known as co-writer and original performer in the Tony award winning, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, her poetry has seen the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets' Café, one-woman shows Off-Broadway, writing-workshops in Sweden, South Africa, and Australia. Chin’s three one-woman shows, HANDS AFIRE, UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, and BORDER/CLASH all opened to rave reviews at the Culture Project in New York City. Be it on 60 Minutes, or in the New York Times, Staceyann has a reputation for telling it exactly like it is. Staceyann is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise http:

Jones, Jill. Jill Jones’ most recent book is Dark Bright Doors (Wakefield Press, 2010). In 2009 she co-edited with Michael Farrell an anthology, Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann). She won the 2002 Kenneth Slessor Award for her fourth book, Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems. Her work has been featured in The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry and the Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature. She has collaborated with photographer, Annette Willis, on a number of cross-art form projects. She currently teaches at the University of Adelaide.

Kemp, Jonathan. Jonathan Kemp lives in London, where he teaches creative writing, literature and gender studies at Birkbeck University of London. His first novel, London Triptych, is published in September 2010 (Myriad Editions).


Rachel, T. C. A poet, essayist, critic and native Oklahoman, T. Cole Rachel now makes Brooklyn his home. His work has appeared in Interview, V, OUT, The New York Times Magazine, Dossier and The Fader. His books include Surviving the Moment of Impact and Bend, Don't Shatter. He is also a DJ and a part-time bartender. He loves all of his many jobs.


Shaw, Lucinda. Lucinda Shaw is a writer & performer based in Brisbane, Australia. Lucinda has written and performed a series of stage works for La Boite’s ‘Shock Of The New’, Metro Arts’ ‘Cab Sav’ and the Magdalena Festival. Lucinda is also the lead vocalist for Silver Sircus, a unique hybrid performance style of spoken word, soaring vocals, drums, electronics, double bass & piano. Silver Sircus have performed for Brisbane Cabaret Festival (2007 & 2008), QLD Poetry Festival (2008), QLD LGBT Pride Festival (2008) and The Brisbane Writer’s Fringe Festival (2008). Silver Sircus have released two CDs, 'Sovereignty' and 'Dark Back Garden' which features one extended spoken word piece accompanied by tonal soundscapes.


Travis, Bill. Bill Travis is a Manhattan based photographer. He has a Ph.D. in medieval art and has taught at the University of Michigan. Since first exhibiting in 2004, Bill Travis has had over sixty one-man and group shows in museums, public institutions, and commercial galleries from New York City to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Beach, Atlanta, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Castel Gandolfo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and beyond. His work is featured in the Bibliothéque Nationale of France, the National Museum of Photography in Portugal, Yale University, Dumbarton Oaks, The Kinsey Institute, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the  Photography Collection of the New York Public Library, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts in Japan, among others. He has lectured on his work at Columbia University and been interviewed on Italian television. He has published two monographs on landscape (Along the Appian Way, 2006 and A Meditation: Parks and Gardens in Lazio, 2008) and his work on the male nude has appeared in several anthologies and magazines around the world. He has also created about one hundred artists' books, several of which function as visual re-imaginings of poetry by Shakespeare, Whitman, Cavafy, Neruda, de Pisis, and Villon.