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 and the Val Vallis Poetry Award, and was shortlisted in the Elizabeth Jolley Prize. Poems from Vishvarupa were broadcast on ABC’s Earshot and the Confluence digital radio station. Cahill was a fellow at Kingston University and a visiting scholar in creative writing at UNC, Charlotte. The founding editor of Mascara, she 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.