Susan Hawthorne and Freya ©Nick Walton-Healey, 2013 Susan Hawthorne is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. Her poetry collection Cow was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the 2012 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was also a finalist in the 2012 Publishing Triangle Awards for the Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize in the US. Earth’s Breath was shortlisted for the 2010 Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in annual Best Australian Poems anthologies, been broadcast on National Radio, and published around the world in literary journals and anthologies. In 2013 she is Literature Resident at the BR Whiting Studio in Rome. She is Adjunct Professor in Writing at James Cook University, Director of Spinifex Press, playing a leading role in independent publishing and eBook publishing. Her latest book is a verse novella, Limen (2013).