After living in New York City and traveling the world, Adair moved to Australia in the late 1990s, where she established a writing career. She’s recently settled in Portland, Oregon, one of the most lively literary cities in the USA.
Adair authored a column for Arts Hub called “The Write Style” on what an emerging writer can learn from avid reading. She also won a number of awards and residencies. Her short story “One Hundred Points” won the One Book, Many Brisbanes competition, which led to other short fiction publications. She was a Varuna resident in 2010 and was recently awarded a 2018 Oregon Literary Fellowship for Fiction.
In addition to journalism and short fiction, Adair is currently working on Quantum Entanglements, a memoir about love and illness, and Scrim, a novel that recounts a despairing affair between a 15-year-old California girl and her much older lover.