Michelle Cahill is the author of fiction, essays and three collections of poetry, including Vishvarupa, which was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, and Letter to Pessoa, a short-story collection that won a 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Award (Glenda Adams Award) and was shortlisted for the 2017 Steele Rudd Queensland Literary Award. Born in Kenya, she attended primary school in London before migrating to Australia. She lives in Sydney, where she graduated in Medicine and Arts. She is editor of the online literary magazine Mascara and co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Asian Australian Poets. Michelle was awarded the 2020 Red Room Poetry Fellowship. Her short story 'Duende' won the 2014 Hilary Mantel International Short Story Award and 'Borges and I' was shortlisted in the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize.
There is passion and anger in Cahill's writing, as she unpacks the ways in which people of colour have been, and continue to be, undermined in literature and in life.--Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen, VIC [PRINT] The Saturday Age [AUDIENCE: 241,029, ASR: 24,612]