Maria Takolander is a fiction writer, poet, scholar, reviewer and regular interviewer. She is the author of three books of poems, with a new collection, Trigger Warning, forthcoming in 2021 with UQP. Her debut book of short stories, The Double, was short-listed for the Melbourne Prize for Literature, and she is now finishing a novel for Text Publishing. Her words can also be found on bronze plaques in the Geelong CBD. She is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University in Geelong.