Shady Cosgrove is an American-born writer who lives in the Illawarra and teaches prose fiction and editing at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Her books include What the Ground Can’t Hold (Picador, 2013) and She Played Elvis (Allen and Unwin, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Australian Vogel Prize. She has just finished drafting the novel ‘Freefall’ about dumpster divers and squatters in Brooklyn (that’s her writing space above – her desk was made from recycled bridge pylons).
Shady was born in the Pacific Northwest of the States and grew up on Vashon, an island off of Seattle in the Puget Sound. She studied at Vassar College in NY, majoring in English and Women’s Studies, and at the Australian National University, in Canberra, where she completed her doctorate. She has also worked as a journalist and editor for John Fairfax Holdings, at the Sydney Morning Herald and Illawarra Mercury.