Michael Farrell grew up in Bombala, New South Wales, and has lived in Melbourne since 1990 (Fitzroy since 2008). His most recent poetry book is Cocky's Joy; he also has recent chapbooks: the thorn with the boy in its side; same! same! same!same!; Long Dull Poem and roughly proofed (the latter three are available as free downloads). He has a PhD in Australian literature; his revised thesis was published as Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945. He co-wrote the Dick Diver single 'Waste the Alphabet'. Michael was the winner of the 2012 Peter Porter Poetry Prize.