Dael Allison: a poet, fiction writer, essayist and editor crawling towards the finish of a PhD in creative writing at the University of Newcastle. So, lying low until mid-year.
Walleah Press, published my book Fairweather’s Raft in 2012, the outcome of my Masters of Creative Arts, UTS, researching artist Ian Fairweather. Eleven of the poems were made into a soundscape on ABC’s Poetica in 2014. Picaro Press published two chapbooks of my work, Wabi Sabi in 2013 and Shock Aftershock in 2010. I’ve edited numerous poetry anthologies, including Brew, 30 years of Poetry at the Pub, Newcastle (2018) and To End All Wars, (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018), co-edited with Anna Couani, Kit Kelen and Les Wicks.
Awards include the Wildcare International Essay Prize, NT Literary Awards Charles Darwin University Prize for Essay, the Henry Kendall Poetry Award, Queensland Poetry Festival Phillip Bacon Ekphrasis Award and three stints at Varuna – a Retreat Fellowship, the Varuna LitLink/NRWC Award for an Unpublished Novel and the Varuna/ Picaro Press Chapbook residency.
After five years of working on fiction, I’m looking forward to returning to poetry and poets.