Maria Takolander is the author of five books: a collection of short stories, The Double; three books of poems, The End of the World, Ghostly Subjects, and Narcissism; and a work of literary criticism, Catching Butterflies: Bringing Magical Realism to Ground. She is also co-editor of The Limits of Life Writing.
Maria’s fiction has received various grants and prizes. The Double was named a best book of 2013 by The Australian and other forums. The inaugural winner of the Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley short story prize, Maria’s stories have also been anthologised nationally and internationally. Maria’s poetry has been critically acclaimed, widely translated and anthologised, winning best book of 2014 by Australian Book Review. Maria is an Associate Professor in Writing and Literature at Deakin University.