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Denise O’Hagan (MA) is an editor and poet, born in Rome and based in Sydney. She has a background in commercial book publishing with Routledge, Collins and Heinemann (London) and Horwitz, Cambridge University Press and the State Library of NSW (Sydney). In 2015 she set up her own imprint, Black Quill Press, to publish her late mother’s historical novel Jerome & His Women (2015), shortlisted for the inaugural Institute of Professional Editors’ Rosanne Fitzgibbon Editorial Award (the ‘Rosie’).

Her other publications include A Roman Death (2017), Chinese Whispers: In Search of Ivy (2018), Mini Style Guide: An Introduction to Good Writing and Manuscript Presentation (2018) and Messages from the Embers: From Devastation to Hope (2020). She currently works as an editor with independent authors wishing to publish professionally.

Her poetry is published widely in Australia and overseas, including in Quadrant, The Copperfield Review and Hecate. Recipient of the Dalkey Poetry Prize (Ireland), her work has also been awarded in Australia and New Zealand, the UK, France, Hong Kong and the States. She was Poetry Editor for Australia/New Zealand for Irish literary journal The Blue Nib until 2020. Her poetry collections include Anamnesis (Recent Work Press, 2022) and The Beating Heart (Ginninderra Press, 2020).