David Carlin is a writer and creative artist based in Melbourne, Australia. He is Co-Director of the non/fictionLab research group at RMIT University’s School of Media and Communication, where he is Professor of Creative Writing, and he is Co-President of the Board of the international NonfictioNOW Conference.

David's books include The After-Normal: Brief, Alphabetical Essays on a Changing Planet (co-written with Nicole Walker, Rose Metal Press 2019); 100 Atmospheres: Studies in Scale and Wonder (co-written with MECO Network, Open Humanities Press 2019); The Abyssinian Contortionist (UWAP, 2015) a memoir/biography of Ethiopian/Australian circus performer Sosina Wogayehu, and the memoir Our Father Who Wasn’t There (Scribe, 2010). He co-edited the Asian/Australian anthology The Near and the Far (Scribe, 2016) with Francesca Rendle-Short. In 2016, his radio feature/essay Making Up: 11 Scenes from a Bangkok Hotel, co-produced with Kyla Brettle, won two Gold and two Silver Awards at the New York World Festivals Radio Awards. In 2018, his essay "The Biological Station" was awarded Runner-Up in the Hunger Mountain Creative Nonfiction Prize.

David has been leader of the Circus Oz Living Archive research project and co-produced the 2014 Melbourne Festival exhibition, Vault: a Nonstop Performing History of Circus Oz. He is also co-founder and co-director of WriCE, the Writers Immersion and Cultural Exchange program. His creative nonfiction, essays and articles have appeared in Hunger MountainEssay Daily, GriffithREVIEW, Overland, Terrain, Westerly, Sydney Review of Books, TEXT, New Writing, Media International Australia, Continuum and other journals. 

He has previously written and directed for theatre, film and circus. He was a co-founder of the renowned Red Shed Theatre company.

David has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne, a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television from Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the Flinders University Drama Centre.

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