Bronwyn Lea grew up in Queensland and Papua New Guinea. She lived in California for twelve years and studied at the California State University in San Diego.
After her return to Brisbane in 1999 she studied for an MA (Creative Writing) at the University of Queensland where she now lectures in Poetics and Narrative and is poetry editor at University of Queensland Press.
Lea's research interests include narrative, poetics, academic and professional writing, creative non-fiction, publishing and editing. She won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize in 2006.