Frank Russo was born in Adelaide in 1972 and lives in Sydney. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is completing a doctorate at the University of Sydney. His writing has appeared in Southerly, Contrappasso, Cactus Heart, Transnational Literature, Weekend Australian, broadcast on ABC FM and Writers Radio and published in anthologies in Australia, the United States and Canada. An early version of his novel manuscript Eating for the dead was short-listed for the Vogel/The Australian Literary Prize, a Varuna Fellowship and won the Dante Alighieri Fiction Prize. A subsequent novel manuscript was commended for the Vogel/The Australian Prize and short-listed for other prizes.