Gina Mercer enjoys a three-stranded career as a writer, teacher and editor. She has taught creative writing and literature in Australian universities and communities for nearly 30 years. She's published eight books (poetry, fiction and nonfiction) the latest being a poetry collection all about birds: Weaving Nests with Smoke and Stone [Walleah Press, 2015]. Her first novel, Parachute Silk, was published in 2001 by the feminist press, Spinifex Press. It explores women's friendships and sexuality. She has been a feminist and advocate for women's rights since 1977 when she joined a Rape Crisis service. Most of her creative writing teaching is aimed at releasing women's potential and voices.