Dr John Tranter

John Tranter, Berlin, 2002

John Tranter has published over twenty books of poetry and a book of experimental fiction, Different Hands. His latest major works are Starlight: 150 Poems (University of Queensland Press, 2010), which won the 2011 Age Poetry Book of the Year and the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Award, and Urban Myths: 210 Poems: New and Selected (University of Queensland Press, 2006), which won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for poetry in 2006, the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for poetry in 2007, the South Australian award for poetry in 2008 and the 2008 South Australia Premier’s Prize for the best book overall published in 2006 and 2007. He has compiled four anthologies of other writers’ work totalling over 1,500 pages, including co-editing the Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry (1991). He has made more than twenty reading and lecture tours to the USA, the UK and Europe.

John Tranter worked as a publisher’s senior education editor in Singapore, and as a radio drama and features producer, directing over forty radio plays and features for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as well as managing a weekly two-hour national radio arts feature for some years. In 1997 he founded the free Internet literary magazine Jacket (http://jacketmagazine.com/), and in 2004 he founded the Australian Poetry Resources Internet Library (APRIL), the recipient (in 2006) of a half-million-dollar Australian Research Council Linkage Grant to the Department of English at the University of Sydney.

In 2014 John Tranter founded the Journal of Poetics research at poeticsresearch.com, together with three other Managing Editors: Dr Kate Lilley, University of Sydney; Dr Ann Vickery, Deakin Univeristy; and Professor Philip Mead, University of Western Australia; and some thirty other (mostly international) editors. The first (free) issue was published at the end of September 2014, and two issues per year, in March and September, are planned.

John Tranter is an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and has been awarded many grants and fellowships by the Literature Board of the Australia Council.

His homepage at johntranter.com features over a thousand pages of poems, notes to poems, essays, reviews, interviews and photographs.

Photo: John Tranter, Berlin, 2002.