Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan was born in Sydney in 1973. He completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2001, where he wrote his thesis The Impossible Gaze: Robert Adamson and the work of negativity. He is editor of the Australian sector of Poetry International Web and is the co-founder of publisher Vagabond Press.

Brennan has written six individual collections of poetry to date and two collaborative works, with a style described by David McCooey of Jacket Magazine as ‘a strange, sometimes surreal, world, to illustrate the possible foreignness of any place, even home’. 

These are The Imageless World (Salt Publishing 2003), Language Habits (2006) Unanimous Night (Salt Publishing 2008), Autoethnographic (Giramondo Publishing 2012) Alibi (Vagabond Press 2015) and The Earth Here (ASM 2018).

In 2004, Brennan won the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, and, funded by the Literature Board of the Australian Council for the Arts, and a Nancy Keesing studio residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, he was able to live abroad in both Berlin and Paris. 

Brennan collaborated with Akiko Muto, a Japanese artist, to create his second chapbook titled Sky was sky, which was a dedication to David Brennan, who died in 1999. Sky was translated by Yasuhiro Yotsumoto, and published in 2007. Brennan’s second collaborative work was an art book: Atopia, which was produced with Kay Orchison, a Sydney-based artist.

This biography is an abridged version from wikipedia. To read more about Brennan’s awards and recognition and the connections between his works read the full entry at the following link.

Links: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Brennan_(poet)

The Earth Here

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