Alison Croggon was born in 1962 and is widely regarded as one of the leading Australian poets of her generation. Her work includes novels, plays, libretti, translations, editing and criticism.
The Common Flesh is her third full-length collection of poetry to be published. Her first collection, This is the Stone (Penguin Books) was published in 1991 and won the Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes for best first collection that year; her second, The Blue Gate, was published in 1997 and was shortlisted for the 1998 C J Dennis Prize for Poetry in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and commended by the Poetry Society of Australia. She has also published a chapbook Mnemosyne (Wild Honey, 2001) and a collection of poetry and theatre texts, Attempts at Being (Salt Publishing, 2002), which was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize in the 2003 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Many of her poems have been set to music by various Australian composers, including Michael Smetanin, Christine McCombe and Margaret Legge-Wilkinson. She is also a prize-winning novelist.
Alison Croggon was poetry editor for the magazines Overland Extra (1992), Modern Writing (1992-1994) and Voices (National Library of Australia, 1996), and is founding editor of Masthead webzine.