I graduated with a BA in Creative Writing and Visual Arts from Griffith University, Gold Coast before writing an Honours dissertation with a creative component in 1998. This creative piece, an experimental narrative poem, drew on the poetics of Charles Olson and the work of Gilles Deleuze, and was published after I’d moved to Melbourne in 2002. In Melbourne I completed my PhD in Professional Writing at Deakin University on the topic of epic poetry by writing a thesis that included my own historical epic poem about the French heroine Joan of Arc as its creative component. This thesis drew on, among other things, the ideas of Edward Said and Roland Barthes and the poetry of Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Alice Notley. I then left Australia to work and live in China, Turkey and Dubai for the next six years, while writing and publishing five more books including a novel and a work of creative non-fiction. I joined Monash not long after returning to Australia in 2011. I am one of the editors of Cordite Poetry Review, Vlak: Contemporary Poetics & the Arts, and a regular contributor to Overland.