The first issue is out online. From the website:
Mascara is an online journal seeking to promote poetry of excellence and originality. We are especially interested in the work of contemporary Australasian poets. Our criteria for selection are quality of image, language and innovation.
The word ‘mascara’ entered the English language in 1890. It derives from Spanish, Arabic and French origins, its meaning evolving from the word mask, masquerade, to darken, to blacken. The Arabic word ‘maskhara’ means buffoon.
Boey Kim Cheng
Boey Kim Cheng was born in Singapore and is now an Australian citizen. He has four collections of poetry: Somewhere Bound (1989), Another Place (1992) Days of No Name (1995) and After the Fire (2006). He teaches Creative Writing at the University of Newcastle.
Michelle Cahill is Anglo-Indian. She writes poetry and fiction. Her first collection of poetry The Accidental Cage was Best First Book with Interactive Press in 2006. She studied medicine at Sydney University and has an Arts Major in Creative Writing from Macquarie University.