Michelle Cahill was born in Kenya and has lived in the UK and Australia. Her debut short story collection is Letter to Pessoa. She has won the Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition, the Val Vallis Poetry Award, and was shortlisted in the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Prize. She was a fellow at Kingston University and a visiting scholar in creative writing at UNC, Charlotte. The founding editor of Mascara and has written essays on race, caste and cultural diversity for Sydney Review of Books, The Weekend Australian and Cordite. Her most recent poetry collection is The Herring Lass.