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Phillip Max Neilsen Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Philip Neilsen, MA, PhD, ASA is both a senior academic and an internationally acclaimed author and poet. He founded the creative writing program at the Queensland University of Technology where he is currently adjunct professor and also teaches poetics at the University of Queensland.  He has published five books of poetry, including Without an Alibi (Salt: Cambridge, 2008), five novels/novellas, and has been widely anthologised in Australia and the USA. His creative work has been translated, including into German, Chinese and Korean.  As an academic he has contributed scholarly works on literature and on the use of creative writing as mental health therapy. Philip has been president of PEN International for Australia North, has served on the Australia Council for the Arts and is co-editor (with Professor David Morley, University of Warwick, UK) of The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing.