. . . is the founder of HappenStance Press, a poetry chapbook imprint (www.happenstancepress.com ). Unsuitable Poems (Happenstance 2005) features some of her verse frippery. Her first full collection of heavy verse, Starlight on Water, sneaked in a few humorous pages, but this did not prevent it being a joint first-prize winner of the Jerwood Aldeburgh Prize in 2004. Hurray.
Helen Whittaker is an educational writer who spends much of her spare time writing fiction and poetry. When she's not sitting in front of the computer she can be found on the yoga mat and may attempt to write her next poem while in headstand.
She lives in New Zealand and runs The Write Idea online writers' forum. www.helenwhittaker.net/phpBB2/index.php