David Carlin is a writer and creative artist based in Melbourne. His latest book is The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet (2019), co-written with Nicole Walker. He is also the author of The Abyssinian Contortionist (2015), and Our Father Who Wasn’t There (2010), co-author of 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (2019), and the editor, with Francesca Rendle-Short, of two anthologies of new Asian and Australian writing, The Near and the Far (2016) and The Near and the Far, Vol 2 (2019). His award-winning nonfiction has been published in Overland, Griffith REVIEW, Meanjin, Speculative Nonfiction, Westerly, Hunger Mountain, and elsewhere. He is a professor of creative writing at RMIT University where he co-directs WrICE and the non/fictionLab.