Sophie Cunningham is a Melbourne-born writer and editor. She has worked as an editor and publisher for McPhee Gribble/ Penguin, Lonely Planet and Allen & Unwin. Her work has been published in The Best Australian Essays 2000, and The Best Australian Fiction 2003 and 2007. Her first novel, Geography, was published in 2004 and her second, Bird, in 2008. She was editor of Meanjin, Melbourne's oldest literary journal, from 2008 to early 2011. Her latest book is about, and is called, Melbourne. Sophie is currently the chair of the Literature Board of the Australia Council.