Magdalena Ball was born in New York City, where she grew up. After gaining an honours degree in English Literature from the City University of New York (CCNY), she moved to Oxford to study English Literature at a postgraduate level. After a brief return to the US, she then migrated to NSW Australia, where she now resides on a rural property with her family. While in Australia she received a Masters degree in Business from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Marketing degree from the University of Newcastle. Magdalena is the managing editor of the review site Compulsive Reader which has some 2,800 reviews and counting and over one hundred podcast episodes including interviews with the likes of John Banville, Gail Jones, Ali Cobby-Eckermann, and Ben Okri. Her writing has won or shortlisted in many local and international awards for poetry and fiction. She is the author of the poetry books Unreliable Narratives, High Wire Step, Unmaking Atoms, Repulsion Thrust, and Quark Soup, the novels Black Cow and Sleep Before Evening, and has been published in a large number of collaborations, anthologies and journals and she is a popular moderator at several Australian literary festivals, especially the Newcastle Writers’ Festival which she has participated heavily in since its inception and the Maitland IF Festival. In addition to her writing, Magdalena is a Research Support Lead for a large company, and is currently acting Head of Research and Technology. A new poetry book, Density of Compact Bone, is forthcoming from Ginninderra Press in 2021.