David McCooey's first book of poems, Blister Pack (2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award, and was short-listed for four other major 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 (published internationally as The Literature of Australia). He has written widely on Australian literature, especially Australian poetry and life writing. He is associate professor in literary studies and professional and creative writing at Deakin University, Victoria.