I'm a Fairfax Media contributor and former co-editor of Overland, Australia's longest-running journal of progressive ideals. I have a PhD in cultural studies and my current book, Tinkering, is published by Monash.

My features appear in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Conversation, The Australian, The Courier-Mail, Art Monthly, Crikey.com, New Matilda and Good Weekend. My essays appear in journals including Griffith Review, Meanjin, Eyeline, Eureka Street, the Law Institute Journal and Overland. I've work in advocacy roles for non-profit bodies. I've edited art publications and writers' magazines.

Sustainable life is my primary focus, and I have advanced certificates in permaculture design. I've worked as a dish-pig, an outback cook (in Cape York), a farm hand and a graphic designer. I've taught at Cairns TAFE, Victoria University and RMIT, and I currently teach at Swinburne.