I was born in 1972 in Pakenham, Victoria. The town at that time was where suburbia ended, and the bush and rural lands of Gippsland began. I was fortunate to have the semi-wilderness of a large garden to explore as I grew up. It nurtured in me a love of the natural world.
My first book of poetry, Event (Salt, 2007) included poems that had won a number of awards, among them, the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in Poetry (2002-2004), an Academy of American Poets University Prize (2004), and the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize for "Still Life with Cockles and Shells" (2006 – since renamed the Peter Porter Poetry Prize). "Openings", which appears in my forthcoming book, Interval, was joint winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize in 2011.
Event won the Anne Elder Award for a first book of poetry, and was shortlisted for three other major national prizes: the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards C.J. Dennis Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Prize and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Mary Gilmore Prize.
Poems from Event and Interval (forthcoming, UQP 2018) have appeared in the Best Australian Poems 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2017, and in three anthologies: Contemporary Australian Poetry (eds. Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson and David Musgrave, Glebe: Puncher & Wattman, 2016), Thirty Australian Poets (ed. Felicity Plunkett, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2011), and Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry 1986 – 2008 (eds. Jennifer Harrison & Kate Waterhouse, Glebe: Puncher & Wattman, 2009).
In addition to Event, I have published two chapbooks: Aftermarks (Rare Objects Series: Vagabond Press, 2012) and Alice Missing in Wonderland and Other Poems (Picaro Press, 2008).
I have a love of the French language, and poetry and philosophy written in it. I have participated in French-English literary and translation festivals in France as a guest poet and translator (Biennale des Poètes en Val-de-Marne 2015, directed by Francis Combes, and Festival franco-anglais de poésie, 2015, directed by Linda Maria Baros) and in Melbourne (Festival franco-anglais de poésie, 2008, directed by Jacques Rancourt). Several of my poems have appeared in French translation in La Traductière, and ‘Reading the Greek Myths’ was set to music by Mansoor Hosseini and performed in Paris as part of the Festival franco-anglais de poésie (http://www.musicalmo.com/composition.php?cat=5).
I have also appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival (2010), the Melbourne Writers' Festival (2007), and was a guest emerging poet at the Mildura Writers' Festival (2007).
Linguistics is my chosen profession -- that career is documented on my LinkedIn account.