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M. T. C. Cronin (1963 – )

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Margie Cronin, who writes under the name MTC Cronin, was born in Merriwa, New South Wales, in 1963, and grew up at Caloundra, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Following school she went on to the University of Queensland, studying Arts/Law, with a double major in political science. She has also studied at the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology, Sydney, and the University of Sydney. Through most of the 1990s she worked in the field of law, but during this time she also began to establish herself as a poet. More recently, she taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, and worked on a doctoral thesis exploring the intersections of law and literature. She currently lives on an organic farm in Maleny, Queensland, with her partner and three children.

Cronin began publishing her poetry in the early 1990s, and her work has since appeared in a wide range of Australian and international poetry magazines and literary journals. She published her first collection, Zoetrope: We See Us Moving, in 1995, and has gone on to publish a dozen further collections, in Australia, the UK and the USA. A prolific poet, she has worked within lyric traditions as well as in the prose poem, and in more innovative forms such as that of her long poem More or Less Than 1–100, which won the Victorian Premier’s C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry (2005) and the South Australian Festival Award for Innovation in Writing (2006). She has also published a volume of critical essays based on her doctoral work, Squeezing Desire Through a Sieve: Micro Essays on Judgement and Justice (2009).

Poetry Collections
  • Zoetrope: We See Us Moving (Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1995).
  • Everything Holy (Temple, TX, USA: Balcones International Press, 1998).
  • The World Beyond the Fig (Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1998).
  • Bestseller (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2001).
  • Talking to Neruda’s Questions (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2001).
  • My Lover’s Back: 79 Love Poems (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2002).
  • The Confetti Stone and other poems (Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2002).
  • Beautiful, Unfinished: Parable/Song/Canto/Poem (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2003).
  • More or Less Than 1–100 (Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2004).
  • The Flower, the Thing: A Book of Flowers and Dedications(St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2006).
  • Notebook of Signs and 3 Other Small Books (Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2007).
  • Our Life is a Box [and] Prayers Without a God (Brisbane: Papertiger Media, 2007).
  • [with Peter Boyle], How Does a Man Who is Dead Reinvent His Body?: The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli (Exeter, UK: Shearsman Books, 2008).
Suggested Further Reading
  • John Bennett, ‘Legal Poetry Practice: Thoughts on Writing Outside the Law (the Poetry of M.T.C. Cronin,’ Jacket 11 (2000), http://jacketmagazine.com/11/benn-cron.html
  • Michael Brennan, ‘MTC Cronin,’ Poetry International Web, Internet, http://australia.poetryinternationalweb.org/piw_cms/cms/cms_module/index.php?obj_id=682
  • MTC Cronin, ‘Working Note,’ How2 1.5 (2001), Internet, http://www.asu.edu/pipercwcenter/how2journal/archive/online_archive/v1_5_2001/current/special-feature/cronin.html
  • Michael Farrell, ‘Cronin Culture: Notes Towards a Definition,’ How2 1.7 (2002).
  • Jennifer McDonnell, ‘M.T.C. Cronin: Eulogies and Elegies,’ Ulitarra 15 (1999), pp. 133–40.
  • Marty Wechselblatt, ‘A Conversation with M.T.C. Cronin,’ Antipodes 17.2 (2003), pp. 155–56.