Staff profile - David McCooey

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Prof David McCooey

Position: Personal Chair
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: ic1.113, Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52271331 +61 3 52271331



  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 1994


Professional Associations

  • Association for the Study of Australian Literature
  • American Association of Australian Literary Studies
  • Australian Association of Writing Programs
  • Honorary Associate, The Centre for The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Department of English, Macquarie University, NSW

    Professional activities

  • HDR (Higher Degrees by Research) Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • Professional and Creative Writing Campus Coordinator (Geelong campus)
  • 2004-2006, Associate Head of School

    Community Involvement

  • Poetry Judge, Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2012-2013)
  • Judge, the National Biography Award (2003; 2010)
  • Poetry Judge, The Age Book of the Year Award (2008; 2011)
  • Convenor, Poetry Judging Panel, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (2004)
  • co Judge of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize (2003)
  • Associate Editor, Space: New Writing (2003-2006) Editorial Board Membership:
  • Antipodes: The North American Journal of Australian Literature
  • Life Writing

  • Academic

    Subjects and units currently teaching

    second-level literary studies (ALL201/ALL202), professional writing (poetry and creative non-fiction), honours research methods, honours and HDR supervision

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    Awards and prizes

    2012 Finalist, Melbourne Prize for Literature’s ‘Best Writing Award’ (triennial, all genres) (for Outside).
    2012 Shortlisted, Queensland Literary Awards (Poetry) (for Outside).
    2010 Winner, ‘Special Award’, NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Winner, the Australian Educational Publishing Awards, Tertiary (Wholly Australian) Scholarly Reference (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2010 Short-listed, Australian Book Industry Awards, General Non-Fiction (for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature).
    2006 Winner, Mary Gilmore Award (for the best first book of poetry in the preceding two calendar years, Blister Pack).
    2006 Short-listed, The Melbourne Prize for Literature (New Writing Award, Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, WA Premier’s Book Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    2005  Short-listed, The Age Book of the Year Award (Poetry: Blister Pack).
    1997 Short-listed, Colin Roderick Award for Best Australian Book (Artful Histories).
    1996  NSW Premier’s Literary Award (for Artful Histories).
    1993 Eva Veronka Vidak Memorial Prize (Sydney University, award for PhD thesis).


    Research interests

    Australian poetry and autobiography
    Literature and the public sphere

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