Hazel Smith is a poet, performer, and new media artist. She has published three volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work, and numerous multimedia works. Her latest volume, with accompanying CD-ROM, is The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works (Tinfish Press, 2008). A member of austraLYSIS, the intermedia arts group, she has performed work extensively in the US, Europe, UK, and Australasia, and has been co-recipient of numerous grants, as well as five commissions from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Smith is a research professor in the Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney, where she is co-editor of soundsRite, a journal of new media writing and sound. She is also author of The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing (Allen and Unwin, 2005), which was shortlisted for the Australian Publishing Association Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing, and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O’Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography (Liverpool UP, 2000), co-authored Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945 (Harwood Academic, 1997), co-edited, Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts (Edinburgh UP, 2009), and was the founding editor of inflect, an online international journal of new media writing.
Roger Dean is a composer/improviser, and since 2007 a research professor in music cognition and computation at the MARCS Auditory Laboratories, University of Western Sydney. He founded and directs the ensemble austraLYSIS, which has performed in 30 countries. His creative work is on 30 commercial audio CDs, and he has released many digital intermedia pieces. His 400 substantive research publications include 7 books on music and improvisation. Previously he was CEO of the Heart Research Institute, Sydney, researching in biochemistry, and then Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Canberra.