Though Tracy Ryan was born and grew up in Western Australia, she has spent periods of her adult life living overseas in the UK, Ireland and the USA. She began publishing poems and short fiction in her teens. She has published four novels, the latest of which is Claustrophobia (Transit Lounge, 2014), which has also been translated into Italian.
The most recent of her eight books of poetry is Hoard (Whitmore Press, 2015). Two of her poetry books were also published in the UK. She has twice received the Western Australian Premier’s Prize for poetry (for The Willing Eye, 2000, and The Argument, 2011) and her work has received other awards including the ABR’s Peter Porter Poetry Prize, and the Times Literary Supplement’s Poetry on the Underground Competition. She has worked in libraries, bookselling, editing, and community journalism, and has a strong interest in languages and translation.