about mE

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I was born in 1972 in Pakenham, Victoria, Australia. 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.

My first book of poetry, Event (Salt Publishing, 2007) included poems that had won a number of awards, including 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 after have appeared in the Best Australian Poems 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010, 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 two chapbooks: Aftermarks (Rare Objects Series: Vagabond Press, 2012) and Alice Missing in Wonderland and Other Poems (Picaro Press, 2008).

In my other lives, I have a love of the French language, and poetry and philosophy written in it (see Translations on this site), and linguistics, my chosen profession -- that career is documented on my LinkedIn account.