(‘We Are All Diminished’, p.10) is the author of, most recently, The Bush, A Single Tree, the Quarterly Essay ‘Enemy Within: American Politics in the Time of Trump’ and this year’s There It Is Again, a collection of his writing.
(‘The Unflappable Finkel’, p.12) is the author of Night Games, Into the Woods and the Quarterly Essay ‘The Long Goodbye: Coal, Coral and Australia’s Climate Deadlock’.
(‘Straight outta Narrandera’, p.16, and ‘The Ringmaster Steps into the Spotlight’, p.84) is a freelance journalist based in New York.
ALICE PUNG (‘Home Truths’, p.18) is the author of
Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter, Laurinda and Writers on Writers: Alice Pung on John Marsden.
(‘The New Grotesque’, p.20) is the Monthly’s production editor.
(‘The Medicine’, p.22) is a doctor and Monthly columnist. Her most recent work is the Quarterly Essay ‘Dear Life’.
(‘Betrayal’, p.24) is co-chair of Good to Great Schools Australia and policy adviser to Cape York Partnership.
(‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, p.36) is a writer, broadcaster and contributing editor to the Monthly.
(‘The New Era’, p.52) is an author and a translator of Chinese. Her recent works include the Quarterly Essay ‘Found in Translation’ and the novel The Empress Lover.
(‘When the Politics Got Personal’, p.64) is an author and associate professor in journalism at Monash University.
(‘On the Road to Gundagai’, p.74) is the editor of The Canary Press.
(‘Unfinished Business’, p.76) is the editor of The Best Australian Essays 2017.
(‘The Inland Food Bowl’, p.77) Les Murray’s most recent collections are Waiting for the Past and The Best 100 Poems of Les Murray.
(‘Arresting Time’, p.80) is the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for criticism. His most recent book is The Art of Rivalry.
(‘A Space of One’s Own’, p.87) is a writer and curator based in Geelong.
(‘The Possible Future’, p.90) is the Monthly’s music critic and the author of Live Through This.
(‘The Perfection of Youth’, p.93) is the Monthly’s film critic and the author of Candy, Totem and Interferon Psalms.
(‘In Light of Recent Events’, p.98) is an illustrator, artist and cartoonist. His latest book is Overheard – The Art of Eavesdropping.