I grew up in farm towns and on a cattle station in the Queensland channel country, reading whatever the mail truck brought, feeling the pull of foreign cities. I set to roaming as soon as I could and wound up happily hitched to a Polish woman. Recently, research for a spy novel took me to the radioactive badlands of the former USSR, and buried me for months in secret police archives. Most of the time, I live in Melbourne, writing, teaching, and raising two rambunctious boys. My fiction and poetry have appeared regularly in Australian and international literary journals and anthologies, including Les Murray's selection for Another English: Anglophone Poems from Around the World (2014).