About Me

In 2008 I completed a PhD on Renaissance poetry. The same year, I was awarded an emerging writer’s grant from the Australia Council for the Arts to write my first novel.

Since then I have published fiction, criticism, and journalism, and taught literary studies and creative writing at institutions including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Technology, Sydney. I now live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

I am a co-founder of The Stella Prize for Australian women’s writing, established in 2011.

My most recent novel is Hold (2016), longlisted for the Miles Franklin award and the Voss Literary Award.

The Legacy, my first novel, was published to international critical acclaim in 2010, and selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Debut Novel of the year. The Legacy was shortlisted for the ABIA Literary Fiction award, the ALS Gold Medal, the Indie Debut Fiction award, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin award.

My second novel, A Common Loss, was released in 2012. My novels have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Polish.

My short fiction features in publications including Sydney Noir, Best Australian Stories 2014, the Sleepers Almanac, and Island magazine. My columns, reviews and other journalism appear regularly in The Sydney Morning Herald and other publications. Links to articles, reviews, profiles and other writing can be found here.

I have also been awarded support from the Australia Council for the Arts and the Cultural Fund of the Copyright Agency Limited.

You can read interviews with me in Readings Newsletter here, Booktopia here, and Linda Morris’ profile in The Sydney Morning Herald here.


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