Born in the United States, JOHN C. RYAN is a poet, critic, ethnographer, and naturalist who lived in Australia for more than a decade. His poetry focuses on the plant life of Australia, North America, and Southeast Asia. His published poetry books include Two With Nature, New Perspectives on Tablelands Flora, Primavariants (with Glen Phillips), The Earth Decides, and Seaweed: A Book of Algae. He edited an issue of Plumwood Mountain on the theme “plant poetics” and co-edited the scholarly books The Language of Plants and Australian Wetland Cultures.
Born in Southern Cross, Australia, GLEN PHILLIPS was educated in country schools and in Perth, WA. He graduated from the University of WA with First Class Honours in 1957 and MEd (1967). He gained his PhD in Writing from Edith Cowan University (2007). Glen has taught English Literature for nearly 60 years, locally and overseas, especially in China. He is Director of the ECU International Centre for Landscape and Language. More than 60 of his books (50 being his poetry) have been published. Poems also appear in some 40 world anthologies and many national and international journals. Recent books include The Moon Belongs to No One, Singing Granites, Gold in Granite, and In the Hollow of the Land.