BIO ANITA ARLOV Anita writes flash fiction and poems, hosts a regular spoken word event and occasionally judges and runs workshops for flash fiction. Anita was born in Christchurch and now lives in Auckland. The child of WW2 displaced persons from Croatia, who spoke several languages, Anita grew up enjoying the cadence and power of words, however she only began writing after ( and in direct response to) the Canterbury earthquakes 2011 Since 2012 she has been staging Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, a monthly spoken word gig for fresh writing with musician guests, currently staged at OC Hypatia, Grafton, courtesy of Ockham Collective. . https://www.facebook.com/insideout-open-mic-204711472989060/ Anita teamed up with a stellar group of writing activists from NZSA Auckland branch including the late Miles Hughes to establish Spit It Out Spoken Word, a series of 29 gigs connecting 95 writers and audiences across seven Auckland venues. It won the Special Award at the 2013 Auckland Fringe Festival. Spit It Out encored in 2014 in six Auckland libraries. Anita gained second place in the Kevin Ireland Poetry Competition 2013. For three years she collated and distributed Anita’s Flier of Events, a free fortnightly email to 500 people listing arts events in the Auckland area. For two years she worked with a small team to host Writers Lounge, a series of public conversations with leading writers, playwrights and journalists, in the Auckland Art Gallery. She won the Divine Muses New Voices Poetry Competition 2017 with Ballpoint, was commended in the NZ Poetry Society competition and was highly commended in the NFFD competition. Anita convened a team that ran the NZ Poetry Conference & Festival 2017, a successful three day celebration of all things poetry including vispo (visual poetry), spoken word and cine-poetics, with topical discussions, numerous workshops and readings from scores of writers including poets Laureate, Poetry Live! regulars and the South Auckland Poets’ Collective. In 2018 she won the NZ Flash Fiction Day Competition with He, She, It, They, which was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She placed second in the takahe Monica Taylor Poetry Competition with In the Anteroom. 2019 She was Auckland Chair for NZ National Flash Fiction Day 2019. Anita was placed second in the Bath Flash Fiction Competition June 2019 with a god and his famous digging stick dug this. In 2020, Anita won the Sculpture in the Gardens writing competition with 'the Mihi of the Tarapuka' . Her work appears in Best of Auckland 2020, Eight Poems 2020 ( Pear Tree Press) and on the online collection In The Time of Coronavirus compiled by Deborah Shepard. Anita’s writing is published widely including Flash Frontier: an Adventure in Short Fiction, Bonsai: Best small stories from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Broadsheet, New Flash Fiction Review,Takahe, Poduri Lirice: Poetical Bridges 2, Best Small Fictions 2019 and Best Microfiction 2019. She enjoys music, theatre and hanging out with family; is fascinated by the natural world and craves beachcombing.