Mal McKimmie was born in Perth, Western Australia and lives in Melbourne. Positions he has been employed in include survey hand, deckhand, kitchen hand, vineyard labourer, fruit picker, poetry tutor and part-time ranger working with wild dolphines and visitors at an eco-tourist resort. He has also worked in welfare, with people labelled as having a ‘disability’ and people diagnosed as having a ‘mental illness’. His poems have been published in numerous magazines, literary journals and anthologies, and have been broadcast by ABC Radio National on Poetica. His first volume of poetry, Poetleptic, was published by Five Islands Press in 2005.