Photograph by Nicola Bailey

I write fiction, poetry, essays and, periodically, I like to blog. I like art, dance and travel. I’m most in balance when I practice yoga and Vipassana. I believe there are four noble truths.



Letter to Pessoa, Giramondo,  Winner NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Award for New Writing, Shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Award Queensland Literary Awards, Longlisted ALS Gold Medal


The Herring Lass, Arc (UK) October 2016, highly commended Forward Prizes, shortlisted in the Helen Anne Bell Poetry Prize
Night Birds Vagabond Press, Rare Objects Series, 2012
Ophelia in Harlem, (Kilmog Press 2010) limited edition chapbook
Vishvarūpa (5 Islands Press, 2011): shortlisted Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Alec Bolton Prize, highly commended Wesley Michel Wright Prize. Reprinted 2012
The Accidental Cage (IP, 2006): shortlisted ACT Premier’s Literary Award (Judith Wright Poetry Prize). Second Ed., 2007

Edited Books:

Poetry Without Borders  Ed Michelle Cahill. Picaro, 2008
Contemporary Asian Australian Poets Ed. by Aitken, Boey, Cahill. Puncher and Wattmann, 2013
Series Editor Vagabond deciBels3 2018,  co-edited with Dimitra Harvey, ten chapbooks by the poets Dimitra Harvey, Misbah Khokhar, Anupama Pilbrow, Sumudu Samarawickrama, Angela Serrano, Ramon Loyola, Eleanor Jackson, Anna Jacobson, Ariel Riveros, Jessie Tu.

My Favourite Books
:  BapoThe Book of Disquiet, The Temple of the Golden Pavillion, 
H is for Hawk, HousekeepingThe Portrait of A Lady, Absalom, Absalom!, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, Wuthering Heights, The Namesake, The Thief’s Journal, Prisoner of Love, LabyrinthsLolita, Perfume, Mrs Dalloway, Wide Sargasso Sea, Sexing the Cherry, Waiting for the BarbariansTo the LighthouseHeart of Darkness, Life of Pi, L’Etranger, Bodhinyana, Teachings of Ajahn Chah, Poetics of Space, Crime and Punishment, Refusing Heaven, Franny and Zooey, Foe, Life and Times of Michael K, We Need New Names, Nervous Conditions, North, Ariel, The Rustle of Language, Of Grammatology, Maps For Lost Lovers, Learning to Talk, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Wolf Notes, A Slant Of Light, Patience, Mutiny, Bark, Swithering, Song, The Orchard, Eighth Habitation, The Wild Iris, Division Street, Dancing in Odessa, White Coins, Falling Awake, Memorial


2018 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize
2018 Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2017 Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellowship
2017 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Poetry Award
2016 Kenneth Slessor Prize, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards
2016 Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize University of Canberra
2016 Wollongong Writers’ Festival Short Story Prize
2013 Blake Poetry Prize NSW Writer’s Centre


2018 Conference & Performance Subsidy to attend AAALS Conference ‘Australian Literature as World Literature’, NYU, NYC
2017 Winner NSW Premier’s Literary Award for New Writing
2017 Shortlisted in the Steele Rudd Queensland Literary Awards
2017 Highly Commended Forward Prizes for Poetry
2017 UOW Travel Subsidy Wuhan University, PhD Workshop ‘China: One Belt, One Road’
2017 Australian Literature Society, Gold Medal Longlist
2016 HDR Research Travel Grant, British Library, University of Wollongong
2016: Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing UNC, Charlotte
2016 Australia Council Grant, poetry
2015 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, second place
2015-2018 Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
2014 KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Prize
2014 Wasafiri New Writing Prize shortlist
2014 Overland Story Wines Prize shortlist
2014 Vice-Chancellor’s Poetry Prize longlist
2014 Editorial Development Grant, Kingston University Press,
Literature Board, The Australia Council
2014 Forward Prize nomination for Best Single Poem
2013 Developing Writer’s Grant Literature Board, The Australia Council
2013 CAL/UOW International Fellowship Kingston University London
2013 Shortlisted Helen Bell Bequest
2012 Shortlisted Newcastle Poetry Prize, with two poems
2011 Fellow Hawthornden Castle, Lasswade Scotland
2010 Val Vallis Award winner
2010 Inverawe Poetry Prize Minor Award winner
2009 Sanskriti Kendra New Delhi Artistic Residency, The Australia Council
2009 Blake Poetry Prize: Highly Commended
2009 Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in Poetry
2008 Copyright Agency Limited Professional Development Grant Shimla & New Delhi