Julie Anne Thorndyke graduated with merit from the Master of Creative Writing program at the University of Sydney. She has published poems and stories in many literary journals. A winner in the US based Tanka Splendor competition in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, she was also awarded an honourable mention in 6th International Tanka Festival Competition 2009 (Japan). She facilitates a local tanka-writers’ group, participates in collaborative poetry presentations and leads creative writing workshops. Julie won the 2011, 2015 and 2017 FAW Pauline Walsh short story competitions. Two collections of her tanka poetry are available from Ginninderra Press. In 2017, Julie was appointed editor of Eucalypt: a tanka journal by founding editor Beverley George.