David McCooey is a poet, critic, and academic. His first book of poems, Blister Pack (2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award and was short-listed for four other major awards. Blister Pack and Outside (2011) were commissioned by John Kinsella and published by Salt Publishing. His most recent work is Graphic,a chapbook of poems published by Whitmore Press. He is the Deputy General Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, which won a NSW Premier's Award in 2010. He has written widely on Australian literature, especially Australian poetry and life writing. He lives and works in Geelong, being an associate professor in literary studies and professional & creative writing at Deakin University.