Cassandra Atherton is an award winning writer, scholar and critic and one of Australia’s leading experts on contemporary American public intellectuals.  She has been awarded a Harvard Visiting Scholar’s position in English in 2015 – 2016 sponsored by Professor Stephen Greenblatt.  She was a Visiting Fellow at Sophia University, Tokyo in 2014 and an affiliate of the Monash Japanese Studies Centre in 2015.

Cassandra has published nine books (with two more in progress) and over the last three years has been invited to edit six special editions of leading refereed journals.  She is the successful recipient of more than fifteen national and international grants and teaching awards, including University Teacher of the Year at her institution.  Her most recent grant is a VicArts Grant to collaborate on the writing of a graphic verse novel, Pikadon.

Cassandra was a judge of the prestigious Australian Book Review Elizabeth Jolley Award in 2014, a judge of The Lord Mayor’s Poetry Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, Prize for Poetry in 2015, convening the award in 2016.  She is the current poetry editor of Westerly Magazine.

A sought after interviewer after her widely publicized interviews with American intellectuals such as Harold Bloom, Noam Chomsky, Stephen Greenblatt, Camille Paglia, Todd Gitlin and Howard Zinn, Cassandra recently interviewed Australian writers and intellectuals: Tara Moss, Sara James and Dee Madigan for the Australian Non-Fiction Writers’ Festival.

A poet and poet-critic, Cassandra recently edited Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion (Melbourne Uni Publishing, 2014), working with writers, critics and poets such as Seamus Heaney, Sir Andrew Motion, David Malouf, Peter Goldsworthy, Patrick McCaughey, Michael Hofmann, Peter Rose and Lisa Gorton.  She has collaborated with artist Robin Wallace-Crabbe on a copper plate etching, Looking Glass World (Mountains Brown Press, 2014); a three volume book Sketch Notes with artist and publisher Phil Day (Mountains Brown Press, 2015) and a book of poetry [with illustrations by Phil Day], Trace (Finlay Lloyd, 2015).  In 2015 she also published a chapbook of poetry, Pegs (Authorised Theft, 2015), which was part of a series including Jars, Gaps, Keys and Nets written by Paul Hetherington, Jen Webb, Paul Munden and Jordan Williams, respectively. A second series is forthcoming in 2016.  Finally, her newest collection of prose poetry, Exhumed (Grand Parade, 2015) has recently been released.

Cassandra is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Australian Book Review and a member of the International Poetry Studies Institute’s, Prose Poetry Project.  She has held lectureships at The University of Melbourne, The University of Western Sydney and Deakin University, lecturing in Australian literature, Canonical Poetry, Literary Classics, Popular Culture, Romanticism, Modernism and Creative Writing.

Cassandra married American history lecturer, Glenn Moore, in Boston, MA.  They live in Moonee Ponds with their two ragdoll cats, Bellamy and Tallulah and dream of a brownstone in Back Bay with clam chowder on tap.  She is a balletomane who loves George Balanchine, Gelsey Kirkland , Mikhail Baryshnikov and Darcey Bussell.  She adores Christian Louboutin shoes, spangled ball gowns, Japanese cherry blossoms and Long Island Iced Teas at Half Time Bar in Narita.