Philip Neilsen has written or edited fifteen books, including five collections of poetry, the most recent being Without an Alibi (Cambridge: Salt Publishing, 2008). After a misguided beginning as a law student, he completed honours, masters and doctoral degrees in English Literature and Language at the University of Queensland, where he taught for nine years before moving to QUT, where he is Professor of Creative Writing.

He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council, Chair of the Queensland Writers Centre and president of PEN International: Australia North.  He is a judge for the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry.

He has written a scholarly monograph on David Malouf (Imagined Lives University of Queensland Press) and edited two major anthologies – The Penguin Book of Australian Satirical Verse and The Sting in the Wattle (UQP). With co-editor Professor David Morley (Director of the Warwick Writing Programme) he is currently editing The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing. His poetry and children’s books have been translated into several languages including Chinese, German and Korean and his short stories have been widely published. He has received a Writers Fellowship from the Australia Council, a CBC Notable Australian Book award and been shortlisted for an Aurealis Award, among others.