John Mateer was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has published five books of poems, several chapbooks and a prose travelogue about Indonesia. It has been his practice to publish outside the usual circulation of English-language literature, often having the initial publication of his work issued by small publishers in Johannesburg, Kyoto, Fremantle or Sumatra. He travels frequently to read his work, and has been invited to the 62nd World Congress of PEN, Poetry Africa 2001, Portugal’s International Meeting of Poets, the Festival of Poetry and Wine in Slovenia and the Chicago Humanities Festival. In 2005 he was an honorary fellow at the Iowa International Writing Program. He currently lives in Perth, Australia.