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GINA MERCER [B.A.(Hons), PhD, Grad.Dip. Adult Ed.] has worked as Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at James Cook University, Townsville from 1991 - 2003. In that time she lectured primarily in Creative Writing, Australian Literature and Literary Theory. She was the General Editor of the literary journal LiNQ from 1994 - 2002. She also supervised many Honours, Masters and PhD candidacies to successful completion. She finds supervising and mentoring a fascinating and fulfilling process at both the intellectual and practical levels. This is reflected in a collection of essays entitled Postgraduate Research Supervision: Transforming (R)Elations which she co-edited (Peter Lang NY, 2001). Prior to this she published a critical analysis of N.Z writer Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions (UQP, 1994).

Her first collection of poems, The Ocean in the Kitchen, was published by Five Islands Press in 1999 after being selected in their highly competitive New Poets' programme. Her first novel, Parachute Silk, was published by Spinifex Press in 2001. In 1997 she was the winner of the Northern Territory's Red Earth Poetry (Open) Competition. In 1998 she was the recipient of the Qld Arts Council/Everald Compton New Regional Writer's Fellowship.

In making an application for 2004 Australia Council funding, Council staff determined that she was eligible to apply for funding in the "Established Writer" category. Gina moved from Townsville to Hobart in 2003 where she now plans to focus on her writing career.


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