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Gender MALE
Industry Education
Occupation Writer / Editor
Location Melbourne, Australia
Introduction Born in Boston, England, I moved to Melbourne in 1986 and have lived there ever since. My poetry has been published in a range of print and online journals in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and US. I've also performed my work on radio, at spoken word events around Melbourne, and at various festivals, including the Melbourne Writers Festival, Overload Poetry Festival, This is Not Art and the Montsalvat Festival of Poetry and Song. In 2008 I completed an MA at Deakin University, where I teach writing and editing. In 2006 I was awarded a mentorship through the Australian Society of Authors, which I undertook in 2007 with Dorothy Porter, who remains a major inspiration, and is greatly missed.
Interests Word, image, sound. Poetry, experimentation, meditation. Philosophy, music, things that come in threes.
Favorite Music Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, The Stooges, The Velvet Underground, Pavement, My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Echo & The Bunnymen, Television, Patti Smith, Gang of Four, Cabaret Voltaire, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Love, Howlin Wolf, B.B. King, Miles Davis, Tindersticks, Explosions in the Sky, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Arcade Fire, The Stone Roses, Sigur Ros, Radiohead, Underworld, Autechre, Orbital, Four Tet. I could go on...

Which do you prefer and why: whittling with soap or whistling with wood?

I prefer writing with sponge and scissors, because it keeps me awake. Osip Mandelstam: “The people need poetry that will be their own secret / to keep them awake forever.”