Fiona Stuart is based in Melbourne. She is a writer of short fiction and poetry. After turning 40 she started a Diploma in Professional Writing and Editing at Holmseglen TAFE, which she completed in 1999. Before that she paid the rent by working in the Public Service and then mostly unpaid in the Community sector with sole parents. She has raised 2 daughters, one of whom has a lifelong disability. Her early life on a farm in Western Victoria informs some of her poetry, and contrasts to her urban life/reality. She is published widely in many anthologies, through MPU and other sources.