Kate Lilley was born in Perth. After undergraduate studies at the University of Sydney Kate completed her doctorate on Masculine Elegy at the University of London and went on to postdoctoral research at St Hilda's College Oxford as the Julia Mann Junior Research Fellow. She now teaches Literary History and Critical Theory at the University of Sydney.
She edited The Blazing World and other Writings by Margaret Cavendish (Penguin Classics 1994) and has published many essays on contemporary Australian and American poetry, especially the work of John Tranter, and on 17th century women's writing. Her first collection of poetry, Versary (Salt Publishing), was published this year. Kate Lilley can be contacted by .