Paul Dawson was born in Sydney in 1972 and has been writing poetry for the last fifteen years. This is his first collection. Paul's poetry and fiction have previously been published in a range of literary journals and newspapers, including Slope (US), Southerly, Blue Dog: Australian Poetry, Meanjin, Island, Imago: New Writing, and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is also the author of Creative Writing and the New Humanities (London/New York: Routledge, 2005).Paul has worked as an actor, director and writer in community and co-operative theatre, appearing in the Australian premiere of Fresh Off the Boat by David Henry Hwang as part of the 1995 Asian Theatre Festival at Belvoir Street Theatre. Paul then moved into academe and has a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Queensland, and a PhD in English from the University of Melbourne. He is now a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of New South Wales, where he teaches Creative Writing and literary studies. Imagining Winter was the winner of the 2006 IP Picks Best Poetry competition.