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