He has also written for a number of reference works, including the Dictionary of Literary Biography. From 2003-2006 he was associate editor of Space: New Writing. He is the Deputy General Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature(Allen & Unwin, 2009), described by Thomas Keneally as 'Unprecedented in the breadth of what it offers from both the ancient and the recent literature of the country'.
David McCooey was co-recipient of a number of ARC awards, including a Discovery Grant on Australian literature and public culture, and a Linkage Grant for the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature.
He is on the editorial boards of Antipodesand Life Writing, and he has been a judge for numerous national literary awards such as The Age Book of the Year Award and the National Biography Award. He has performed at a number of literary festivals including the Sydney Writers' Festival and the Melbourne Writers' Festival.
Outside2011selected work poetry 'Outside is the second full-length collection from the prize-winning poet David McCooey. Taking the most basic of categories—day and night, inside and outside—McCooey makes them the source of powerful meditations on the strangeness of our diurnal lives. In the resonant landscapes of these poems, the domestic slides into the universal, the personal becomes the historical, and the cultural is the real. Outside is always unsettling, but it is, too, always humane.' (From the publisher's website.)
'Some of the best, most significant writing produced in Australia over more than two centuries is gathered in this landmark anthology. Covering all genres - from fiction, poetry and drama to diaries, letters, essays and speeches - the anthology maps the development of one of the great literatures in English in all its energy and variety.
'The writing reflects the diverse experiences of Australians in their encounter with their extraordinary environment and with themselves. This is literature of struggle, conflict and creative survival. It is literature of lives lived at the extremes, of frontiers between cultures, of new dimensions of experience, where imagination expands.
'This rich, informative and entertaining collection charts the formation of an Australian voice that draws inventively on Indigenous words, migrant speech and slang, with a cheeky, subversive humour always to the fore. For the first time, Aboriginal writings are interleaved with other English-language writings throughout - from Bennelong's 1796 letter to the contemporary flowering of Indigenous fiction and poetry - setting up an exchange that reveals Australian history in stark new ways.
'From vivid settler accounts to haunting gothic tales, from raw protest to feisty urban satire and playful literary experiment, from passionate love poetry to moving memoir, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature reflects the creative eloquence of a society.
'Chosen by a team of expert editors, who have provided illuminating essays about their selections, and with more than 500 works from over 300 authors, it is an authoritative survey and a rich world of reading to be enjoyed.' (Publisher's blurb)
Allen and Unwin have a YouTube channel with a number of useful videos on the Anthology.