Tracy Ryan was born and grew up in Perth, and has taught writing and literature at various universities, most recently at Curtin University in Western Australia. In the past few years she has also lived in Britain and the USA. She has published a novel, VAMP, and three volumes of poetry. A new volume of poetry, HOTHOUSE, and a new novel, JAZZ TANGO, will be published with Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2002. An experimental work, BLOC-NOTES, is due out in the USA with POTES & POETS.