Sam Cooney runs the literary organisation TLB, which houses the independent book press Brow Books and quarterly literary magazine, The Lifted Brow. He is publisher-in-residence at RMIT, has taught sessionally at several universities, and is a freelance writer and literary critic. In 2017 he took part in the Australia Council’s ‘Future Leaders’ professional development program, and last year he was a part of the Australia Council publishing delegation tour of India, travelled to the United States on an Australia Council funded research trip about not-for- profit trade publishing, and did a similar trip in the UK. He is a 2018 AMP ‘Tomorrow Maker’.
Sam’s writing has been published in Meanjin, Island, Going Down Swinging, Seizure, The Rumpus, Sleepers Almanac, the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Saturday Paper, and as a founding member of the McSweeney’s Silent History geofiction project. He sits on a couple of boards, chairs the RMIT Creative Writing Program Advisory Committee, and sometimes helps kids make literary magazines at 100 Story Building in Footscray. He has hosted events and chaired panels at the Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Emerging, National Young, and Ubud writers’ festivals, and has been a judge of the Victorian Premier’s Unpublished Manuscript Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Non-Fiction Prize, and the Lord Mayor’s Narrative Non-Fiction Prize.