Dr. Bonny Cassidy is a poet and writer based in Melbourne. In 2008 she undertook an Asialink/Malcolm Robertson Foundation literature fellowship in Japan, and she is currently the recipient of the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Poetry 2010-2011. She was co-editor of The Salon Anthology of New Writing + Art 2005-2007 (Sydney: non-generic, 2007) and her first collection of poems, Said To Be Standing (Sydney: Vagabond Press) was released in 2010. A full collection, Certain Fathoms was released in 2011 by Puncher & Wattmann. Her work has featured in various anthologies including Young Poets: An Australian Anthology (John Leonard Press, 2011) and Best Australian Poems 2012. In 2008 her first libretto, Wounding Song, was produced by the University of Wollongong, and she has recently completed an adaptation of Eve Langley's The Pea-pickers for chamber opera, with composer Jeff Galea.
Bonny has taught Creative Writing, English and Australian Literature, and written on Australian poetry and poetics. She was President of Sydney PEN 2009-2011. Most recently she has been a guest of the Ottawa International Writers Festival 2014 and the Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland.
Bonny was a commissioned poet in The Red Room Company’s 2004 Toilet Doors project. She served as Education Officer and Chief Researcher for The Red Room Company for five years and was instrumental in the establishment of the Papercuts national poetry education program.