Martin Harrison

Poet and essayist, his most recent book is Wild Bees: New and Selected Poems (University of Western Australia Press 2008). It was shortlisted for the Western Australian and South Australian Premiers awards as well as the ACT poetry prize. His work regularly appears in journals in Australia, the UK and the USA. A further selection of his poems, A Kangaroo Farm: Selected Poems, translated in a parallel text of Mandarin and English appeared in Nanjing in 2008. On the appearance of Wild Bees he was praised as the author of “some of the most brilliant metaphysical nature poems of our time.” (Poetry Review). Critics and reviewers often focus on the time-filled, many-sided nature of image and perception in his poetry. His essays and talks mostly are about poetry, about writing poetry and about the relationship between art and the environment. He is a founding member of the Kangaloon Group for Creative Ecologies. He lives in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and teaches writing and poetry at Sydney’s University of Technology.