Rosemary Nissen-Wade is an Australian poet, witch, Reiki Master and professional psychic medium – as well as a former librarian and book reviewer, and a sometime copy-editor and Creative Writing teacher.
She grew up on the island of Tasmania where, throughout her childhood, the moon shone in through her high, 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. She has outlived three husbands and has a number of grown-up children, foster-children and step-children as well as several step-grandchildren.
Author of three volumes of poetry, several e-chapbooks and some collaborations with other poets, she has taught writing in both tertiary institutions and community settings.
Rosemary was one of the founders of the Melbourne Poets Union in the late 1970s, started a program of prison poetry workshops in the early eighties, and was part of a poetry theatre group called Word of Mouth. For a decade she was an independent publisher of Australian poetry, as proprietor of Abalone Press and a member of the Pariah Press Cooperative. She taught Poetry Writing as part of professional writing courses at Holmesglen and Box Hill Colleges of TAFE in Melbourne, and at Victoria College, Toorak (Melbourne) which is now part of Deakin University.
She founded, and for seven years facilitated the very successful WordsFlow writers' group at Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre in far northern NSW, before handing it over to other facilitators who continued it a further three years. In its ten years of operation, a number of members had books published and two began and completed degrees in Professional Writing. More recently she responded to requests for a new writers' group, also at PBNC, for women writers, as part of Pottsville Beach Village of Women (VOW). VOW Writers was one way in which VOW supported and empowered women survivors of various kinds of trauma, and encouraged them to share their talents more widely. The writers' group, the longest-lasting section of VOW, disbanded after four years with the members having got what they needed from it in terms of their writing and their emotional empowerment. They still meet socially from time to time.
Rosemary has long embraced the online poetry world via blogging, twitter (where she pioneered tweet-length poetry in the early days, but is no longer active) and various international poetry groups and communities. She is Coordinator and one of the hosts at Poets and Storytellers United, an international community of blogging poets. Before that she was a staff member and feature writer for its long-running predecessor, Poets United. For many years she administered several poetry and micropoetry groups, first on MySpace then on on facebook, and was a member of others. Now she has given up the admin role but is still an active member of various groups.
She seldom chases publication these days, but when invited (which she is glad still happens now and then) she has been included in both online and paper literary journals and anthologies.
Her various blogs, both poetry and prose, can be found via her website at www.nissen-wade.com or by googling Rosemary Nissen-Wade. (The hyphenated surname ensures she's the only one in the world!)
Her first two paperback books of poetry, UNIVERSE CAT and SMALL POEMS OF APRIL, are long out of print, but selections from each are included in her monograph, SECRET LEOPARD – of which only a few paperback copies remain, but SECRET LEOPARD is now published as an ebook and is available on Smashwords.
Her work has also appeared in the 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 non-Smashwords publications appear on her Amazon page (see 'Where to buy in print').
THREE CYCLES OF THE MOON, a collaboration with her friends and fellow-poets Helen Patrice and Jennie Fraine, is available at Smashwords.
HELLO EARTH, a series of meditations, is available at Smashwords in epub only, or as a photographically-illustrated pdf from Rosemary's website (see address above).