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Adam Aitken

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 PhD thesis concerns cultural hybridity in Australian literary representations of Asians and Eurasians. In 2022 he won the Patrick White Award. His books have been nominated for numerous awards. His Memoir One Hundred Letters Home (Vagabond Press 2017) was longlisted for the ASAL Gold Medal. In 2018 his fifth collection of poetry Archipelago was shortlisted for the NSW Kenneth Slessor Award for poetry, and the Prime Minister's Literary Prize. 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 Singapore, 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, and the Keesing Studio in Paris, He has received various Australia Council grants and an Asialink fellowship..

Member Since: 11/1/2012

Country: Australia

Identity: Writer

Workplace: University

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