Adam Aitken is a poet and non-fiction writer who was born in London. He spent his early childhood in Thailand and Malaysia, before settling in Sydney. He has published poetry, chapbooks, essays on Asian Australian literature, book reviews, and was co-editor of Contemporary Asian Australian Poets (Puncher & Wattmann). The story of his mixed heritage is featured in his creative non-fiction work One Hundred Letters Home (Vagabond Press 2016). His books have been shortlisted for numerous awards. In 2018 his fifth collection Archipelago was shortlisted for the NSW Kenneth Slessor Award for poetry. His work is part of an installation and memorial to First Nations at Centennial Park Sydney, and has been featured on national radio, and internationally in translation. His has appeared at literary festivals in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Wellington New Zealand and at the Festivale de Poésie Trois Rivières, Quebec. His literary residencies include Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii, The University of Tasmania, Hong Kong Baptist University, Varuna, the Keesing Studio in Paris, and he has received various Australia Council and Asialink grants.
Member Since: 11/1/2012