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Rosemary Nissen-Wade is an Australian poet, witch, Reiki Master and professional psychic medium. She grew up on the island of Tasmania where, throughout her childhood, the moon rose outside her uncurtained bedroom window; so she thinks she was bound to be poetic and magical (and both started from an early age). She spent much of her adult life in the city of Melbourne, and now lives in a small town in the sub-tropical Northern Rivers region of NSW. Author of three volumes of poetry, several e-chapbooks and some collaborations with other poets, she has been a librarian, editor and book reviewer, and has taught writing in both tertiary institutions and community settings. She has outlived three husbands and has a number of grown-up children, foster-children and step-children as well as several step-grandchildren. She now shares her life with the black cat every witch should have.
Rosemary was a founder of the Melbourne Poets Union, started a program of prison poetry workshops, and was part of a poetry theatre group. For a decade she was an independent publisher of Australian poetry, as proprietor of Abalone Press and part of the Pariah Press Cooperative. She has now embraced the online poetry world via blogging, twitter, and international poetry groups and communities.
Her first two books of poetry, UNIVERSE CAT and SMALL POEMS OF APRIL, are long out of print, but selections from each are included in her latest monograph, SECRET LEOPARD, of which a few copies remain. Her work has also appeared in an earlier collaboration, SHE TOO (with Helen Patrice, Delaina J. Miller and Leigh D.C. Spencer) in the chapbooks LIFE AFTER DEATH and THE IMAGINED OTHER (the latter in collaboration with Walt Wojtanik, Phillip Barker and Bruce Neidt) and in a wide variety of journals and anthologies. Her website has details of her non-Smashwords publications and how to acquire them. Most are also on her Amazon page (see Where to buy in print).