About apoetjb

I am a birdwatcher

and video-maker

and bushwalker (sandstone at
Curracurrang, Royal NP)

and poet (jotting on a bushwalk)

and ex-Sydney resident (pictured at Sirius Cove, Curlew Camp, where Roberts and Streeton painted)

and scholar (PhD, "A New Defence of Poetry')

and traveller, Xmas day, Swat Valley with Mick (and hair)

but not necessarily a Norman Lindsay fan (tho' have you seen his anti-war cartoons, the best things he did)

and my partner is the writer and artist Bronwyn Rodden.

I think it's more to do with the last poem one worked on, or rather, the poems and other projects one is working on right now. I don't think poets have a need to be 'professional'; I have scant records of where I sent my poems or where they have been published.

I have worked as a policy officer for the National Parks & Wildlife Service, have taught poetry,  literary hypertext at university and eco-philosophy at
the University of Sydney's Continuing Education. I currently work part time in the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney.


Brief recent CV:

2011     Artistic Director, Bellingen Readers & Writers festival
West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry Bay

2010     Poem=videos shown at the Sydney Writers’ Festival, 
            Queensland Poetry Festival, Newtown Film Festival
            Guest, the Australian Poetry Festival

2009    Guest, Brisbane Writers festival
            Readings in Zurich & London

2008    Winner David Tribe Poetry Award
            Joint winner GOYA video prize
            Bundanon Fellowship

2007    Sydney Harbour Artist of the Year
            Poet in Residence Macleay Museum

            Guest poet Byron Bay Writers Festival    



New 2011 publicity shot. Looks like I'm rather fond of a banksia!