Born in Melbourne in 1933, Fay Zwicky began publishing poetry and short stories as an undergraduate at Melbourne University. She has been a concert pianist and was a Senior Lecturer in English literature at the University of Western Australia. She now devotes her time entirely to writing. Fay Zwicky has received a number of awards for her writing. She was the winner of the 1982 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Poetry, for Kaddish and Other Poems (UQP 1982), and the 1991 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards, Poetry Award for Ask Me (UQP 1990). Her most recent publication with UQP is the collection Fay Zwicky: Poems 1970-1992 (1993).