Joel Deane was born in 1969 and grew up in regional Victoria and Melbourne. He had numerous poems published between 1990 and 1995, but then moved to California and, although he continued writing, fell silent until 2004. Subterranean Radio Songs, which is Joel's first collection of poetry and won the IP Picks Award for Best Poetry in 2005, tells the story of those silent years. Joel has worked as a newspaper reporter at The Sun News-Pictorial in Melbourne, a TV and Internet producer in San Francisco, and a press secretary and speechwriter for the Australian Labor Party. He is the author of the IP Picks 2004 winning novel, Another, and is currently speechwriter to the Premier of Victoria, Steve Bracks. Joel lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.