David Musgrave (born 1965) is an Australian poet, novelist, publisher and critic. He is the founder of and publisher at Puncher & Wattmann, an independent press which publishes Australian poetry and literary fiction. He is also a board member of Australian Poetry Limited.
Musgrave was born in Sydney and educated at Sydney University where in 1997 he received a PhD for his thesis on the topic of Menippean satire. He worked for a number of years as a CIO in the Health Insurance industry. He currently lectures in creative writing at the University of Newcastle. He is a descendant of William Witter and Hannah Churchman of Boston, whose descendents include Thomas Pynchon, Archibald MacLeish, Katharine Hepburn and the poets Francis Goddard Tuckerman and Henry Theodore Tuckerman. He is also an indirect descendant of the architect Edmund Blacket.
His first book, To Thalia (Five Islands Press), was published and commended in the 2004 Anne Elder Award; it was followed by On Reflection (Interactive) in 2005 and Watermark (Picaro) in 2006. "Phantom Limb" (John Leonard Press) was awarded the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2011. Several of his poems have won major awards in Australia, including having twice won the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2008 and 2012. His novel "Glissando: a Melodrama" (Sleepers), published in 2010 was critically well received and short listed for the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction in 2011 and the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for new writing.
He has published numerous articles on Australian literature, including on Norman Lindsay's The Magic Pudding and David Ireland's The Unknown Industrial Prisoner. He has also written on The Black Dog and Depression (published in Tracking the Black Dog by the Black Dog Institute and published articles on Samuel Beckett and the Ern Malley hoax. His latest poetry collection is Concrete Tuesday, published by Island Press in 2011. His study on Menippean Satire in English since the Renaissance, 'Grotesque Anatomies', was published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2014 Mishearing is forthcoming from Gorilla Books in early 2015, and another collection, the book-length poem Anatomy of Voice is in preparation.
- 1986 - Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry for the poem Afternoon Ambience
- 1987 - Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry for the poem Budapest
- 1987 - Sydney University Prize for English Verse for the poem What I did on Sunday
- 1994 - Sidney Nolan Gallery Poetry Prize for the poem Glenrowan
- 2001 - Poets Union/Broadway Poetry Prize for the poem Lagoon
- 2003 - Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize for the poem Minneapolis
- 2004 - Shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award for To Thalia
- 2006 - Highly commended in the Newcastle Poetry Prize for the sequence Open Water
- 2008 - The Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize for the poem Grace
- 2008 - Newcastle Poetry Prize for the poem The Baby Boomers
- 2008 - Alec Bolton prize for the unpublished manuscript Phantom Limb
- 2010 - Grace Leven Prize for Poetry for Phantom Limb
- 2011 - Shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Award for Fiction for Glissando: A Melodrama
- 2011 - Shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Award for new fiction for Glissando: A Melodrama
- 2012 - Shortlisted for the Blake PoetrybPrize for "Nine Crab Barn"
- 2012 - Newcastle Poetry Prize for the poem "Coastline"
- "Minneapolis". UQS Australia Faculty of the Arts. Retrieved 2007-09-15.