I am a poet and scholar based in Sydney. My first book, The Afterlives of Specimens, uncovers startling intersections of medicine and mourning catalysed by the American Civil War, as seen through Walt Whitman's poetry and prose (University of Iowa Press's Whitman Series). This project has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Mütter Museum / College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and the University of Sydney. I am grateful for the ongoing support of the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University, where I am a Research Associate.
My poetry has been published in Cordite, Contrapasso, HEAT, Mascara, Rabbit, and The Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, among others. My work as been recognised by major literary awards, including: the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (shortlisted 2015), the Val Vallis Award for Poetry (second prize 2009, third prize 2014), and the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's Poetry Prize (shortlisted 2016, long-listed 2014, 2017). My first collection, Calenture, is forthcoming with Cordite Books in 2018.
Before entering the field of literary studies, I was a social worker specializing in trauma and crisis counseling. This experience continues to shape my teaching and influence my writing. I am particularly proud of the work I have done with the Red Room Company, teaching creative writing in prisons and with high school students in marginal communities. My CV is available here.