Dr Marcella Polain was born in Singapore and immigrated to Perth when she was two years old, with her Armenian mother and Irish father. She has a background in theatre and screen writing, and has lectured in the Writing program at Edith Cowan University. She was founding WA editor for the national poetry journal Blue Dog, has been poetry editor for Westerly and was inaugural editor for the WA journal Indigo. She has published essays on writing and completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia in 2006.
Calibre Essay Prize (Longlisted 2010)
Patricia Hackett Prize (Winner 2005, 2010)
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, First Book (Shortlisted 2008)
ACT Judith Wright Prize (Shortlisted 2008)
Western Australian Premier’s Poetry Prize (Shortlisted 2000)
Anne Elder Prize (Winner 1996)