David McCooey is an award-winning poet, critic, and editor. His debut poetry collection, Blister Pack (2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award and was shortlisted for four other major national literary awards. His second full-length collection, Outside (2011), was shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards and was a finalist for the Melbourne Prize for Literature’s ‘Best Writing Award’. His work has appeared for nine out of the last ten years in Black Inc.’s annual anthology, The Best Australian Poems. McCooey is the deputy general editor of the prize-winning Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (2009), and he is the author of a critical study on Australian autobiography, Artful Histories (1996/2009), which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
McCooey is also a musician and sound artist. His album of ‘poetry soundtracks’, Outside Broadcast, was released in 2013 as a digital download. He is a professor of writing and literature at Deakin University in Geelong, where he lives.