I am a poet and cross-genre writer based in Sydney, Australia. My first book, The Afterlives of Specimens, uncovers the convergence of mourning rituals and anatomical investigations undertaken by the poet Walt Whitman and his medical and literary contemporaries to challenge divisions between science and spirit (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 by Cordite, Contrapasso, HEAT, The Journal of Poetics Research, Mascara Literary Review, Rabbit, Red Room Poetry and The Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry. I've 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 available from Cordite Books (Australia) and Small Press Distribution (North America).
I grew up in Alabama, Kentucky, and Kansas before moving to Australia seventeen years ago. Transpacific dissociative perspectives on both countries are central to my creative practice. Before entering the field of literary studies, I was a social worker specializing in gender violence and trauma. These experiences continue to shape my teaching and influence my writing. I am particularly proud of the work I have done with Red Room Poetry, teaching creative writing in prisons and with high school students in marginal communities. My CV is available here.