Brendan Ryan grew up on a dairy farm at Panmure in Western Victoria. His poetry, reviews and essays have been published in literary journals and newspapers, including Meanjin, Island, Southerly, Westerly, Antipodes, The Age, The Weekend Australian, The Best Australian Poems series (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher and Wattman). His poem, Blister Country, was included in A Single Tree by Don Watson. Critical essays on his poetry have appeared in The Age and in The Australian’s Poet’s Voice column by Sarah Holland-Batt. The author of six collections of poetry, Travelling Through the Family was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Awards. His latest collection of poetry, The Lowlands of Moyne, was published with Walleah Press in 2019. His memoir, Walk like a cow, was published December 2020.