Maria Takolander was the winner of the inaugural Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, and her stories have been widely published nationally and internationally. Her short-story collection The Double was supported by an Australia Council grant, was a finalist for the 2015 Melbourne Prize for Literature’s Best Writing Award, and was named one of the year’s best books by various forums including The Australian. She is also the author of two full-length collections of poetry, The End of the World, which was reviewed in the Los Angeles Review of Books, and Ghostly Subjects, which was shortlisted for a Queensland Premier’s Prize. She is currently finishing a novel funded by an Australia Council grant. She is an associate professor at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria.