David McCooey

Personal Chair (Professor of Literature and Writing)

David McCooey is a prize-winning poet, critic, and editor. He is also a sound artist.

His debut poetry collection, Blister Pack (Salt Publishing, 2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award and was shortlisted for four other major literary awards, including The Age Book of the Year Award. His latest collection of poetry, Outside (Salt Publishing, 2011), was shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize for Literature’s $30,000 ‘Best Writing’ Award. His print poetry has appeared in numerous journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies.

His poetry has appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006. His album of ‘poetry soundtracks’ (original poetry, music, and sound design), Outside Broadcast, was released as a digital download in 2013. His sound art has been broadcast on numerous radio programs, including Radio National’s The Music Show and Poetica.

David is Deputy Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature (Allen & Unwin, 2009), which was published internationally as The Literature of Australia by Norton, the premier international publisher of literary anthologies. It was awarded two major awards, including a NSW Premier’s Literary Award. David was the inaugural poetry editor of Australian Book Review. He is the author of Artful Histories: Modern Australian Autobiography (CUP, 1996/2009), which won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

His scholarly publications on Australian life writing and poetry have appeared in books such as: The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Poetry (forthcoming), The Cambridge History of Australian Literature (2009), and The Cambridge Companion to Australian Literature (2000). His essays have appeared in numerous scholarly Australian and international journals, such as Life Writing, Criticism, and Australian Literary Studies. His reviews have appeared major newspapers and journals such as The Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, and Australian Book Review.

David is Professor (Personal Chair) at Deakin University in Geelong, where he lives.

David McCooey Publications