David McCooey is a poet, critic and associate professor in literary studies and professional & creative writing at Deakin University.
David’s first book of poems, Blister Pack (2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award, and was short-listed for four other major awards, including The Age Book of the Year Awards. His second full-length collection, Outside, is forthcoming from Salt Publishing. He is the deputy general editor of the prize-winning Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009), which was published internationally as The Literature of Australia. His critical work, Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography (Cambridge University Press), won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 1996. He has written widely on Australian literature, especially Australian poetry and life writing.