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Associate Professor, Creative Writing, University of Wollongong

Shady Cosgrove is an Associate Professor in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, where she teaches prose fiction and editing. Her books include What the Ground Can't Hold (Picador) and She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin). Her short works have appeared in Best Australian Stories, Overland, Southerly, takahe, Eunoia Review, Antipodes and various Spineless Wonders collections.


  • 2015–present
    Associate professor, University of Wollongong
  • 2009–2015
    Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong
  • 2012–2014
    Sub Dean, University of Wollongong
  • 2003–2009
    Lecturer, University of Wollongong


  • 2003 
    The Australian National University, Doctor of Philosophy
  • 1996 
    Vassar College, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2013
    What the Ground Can't Hold, Picador, Pan Macmillan
  • 2009
    She Played Elvis, Allen and Unwin