Ann-Marie Priest grew up in country South Australia, but has lived most of her adult life in rural Queensland. Recipient of the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship, she published My Tongue Is My Own: A Life of Gwen Harwood in 2022. Her previous books are A Free Flame: Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century, which was highly commended in the 2016 Dorothy Hewett Award, and Great Writers, Great Loves: The Reinvention of Love in the Twentieth Century. Her essays and reviews have appeared in many publications including Australian Book Review, Meanjin, Southerly, The Weekend Australian and The Age. She has a PhD from Macquarie University and works as a senior lecturer at Central Queensland University.