Tony Birch is a writer of short fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction, and has also worked as a writer and curator in collaboration with photographers, film-makers, and artists. Tony has a Master of Arts in creative writing and a PhD in urban cultures, and currently teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne. Shadowboxing, his first book, was shortlisted for the 2006 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards. His stories have been published in Best Australian Stories and collected in Father's Day. Tony's latest novel, Blood, was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award.