Michael J Leach is a statistician, researcher, and poet who enjoys writing across multiple disciplines. Michael’s poems have appeared in literary journals, including Cordite and Meniscus, as well as scientific journals, including the Medical Journal of Australia and The Mathematical Intelligencer. His concrete poem “The Plight of the Adélie Penguin” has been displayed in Antarctica and New Zealand as part of a global climate change communication project – the Antarctic Poetry Exhibition (https://www.antarcticpoetry.com/). Michael’s first poetry collection – a chapbook of poems addressing the health humanities – is forthcoming from Melbourne Poets Union. He lives in his hometown of Bendigo, Australia.

Rachel Rayner is a science communicator who has shared a love of science with audiences worldwide, in particular Australia, Vietnam, USA and South Africa. Rachel uses various forms of communication to reach audiences – whether live shows and broadcasts, blogs and articles, or educational activities. She has been exploring poetry as a method of communication, presenting “the Artistry of Science Poetry” at the South African National Arts Festival in 2018. Recently, she has been enjoying the experience of writing poetry herself. She has recited particle physics limericks in a STEMpunk podcast episode and published poems in FIVE:2:ONE and Visual Verse.

A Concrete Poem for our Time