Peter Minter - Lecturer

Dr Peter Minter is Coordinator of the Indigenous Australian Studies Major and Coordinator of Honours in Indigenous Australian Studies. He is an ARC Chief Investigator on the “AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource” consortium, contributing to the national "BlackWords" Aboriginal literature digital humanities infrastructure project.

Dr Minter’s teaching and research interests are in Australian Aboriginal Literature and Australian Literature. He currently teaches:

KOCR2612 Introduction to Aboriginal Literature,
KOCR3605 Writing Country: Indigenous Ecopoetics,
KOCR3612 Transnational Indigenous Poetics, and
KCSE3203 Reading Indigenous Writing

His areas of postgraduate supervision include:

Aboriginal Literature
Aboriginal Poetry and Poetics
Australian Literature and Poetry
Rhetoric and Aesthetics
Ecopoetics and Ecocriticism
Romanticism, Modernism and Countermodernism
Creative Writing

Dr Minter has also presented guest undergraduate and postgraduate lectures and seminars in Australian literature, Aboriginal literature and creative writing at institutions such as the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Wollongong, and also Cambridge University and Dartington College in the United Kingdom.

A leading Australian poet, editor and scholar, Dr Minter’s expertise is concentrated in Indigenous literatures and their interpolations of Australian and transnational modernisms and countermodernisms. His work proposes critical and theoretical affiliations between Indigenous literatures and western cultural formations such as marxism, surrealism, psychoanalysis, economics , ecology, and law. He is particularly interested in comparative and interdisciplinary studies of interactions between Indigenous poetics and cultures of avant-garde experimentalism, the visual arts, cinema, music, resistance politics and ecopoetics. He is uniquely experienced in the history and formation of Australian editing, publishing, critical and archival communities, and is a specialist educator in graduate and postgraduate poetry, poetics and creative writing programs.

Dr Minter is coeditor (with Dr Anita Heiss) of the groundbreaking Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, for which they shared the 2008 “Deadly” Award for outstanding literary achievement. He has also edited and coedited a number of highly regarded anthologies and academic journals, include a special “Ecopoetics and Pedagogy” issue of the A* ERA-ranked journal Angelaki: The Journal of the Theoretical Humanities (Routledge, 2009), The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, (published in the United States by W.W. Norton & Co.), Espejo De Tierra: Earth Mirror, an anthology of Chilean Mapuche and Australian Aboriginal poetry and art, and Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, in 2000. Between 2000 and 2005 he was Poetry Editor of the A ERA-ranked journal Meanjin, where he also guest edited two special issues (“Poetics” 60.2, 2001 and “BlakTimes” 65.1, 2006). He is presently a contributing editor to Blackbox Manifold (UK) and Poetry Editor of the A ERA-ranked journal Overland. His work has been widely translated and anthologised, appearing in The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry (ed. Tranter and Mead) and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry (ed. Kinsella) among others.

Competitive grants, awards, prizes

2011-12: Chief Investigator ARC LIEF Project LE120100106 “AustLit Phase Five: Humanities in the digital age: infrastructure for Australian literary studies, publishing studies, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies”. [Decision pending].

2011: University of Sydney, DVC Research, projected $15,000 toward ARC LIEF Project LE120100106. [Decision pending].

2010: Chief Investigator ARC LIEF Project LE110100198 “AustLit Phase Four: Digital Humanities practice in Australian Literary Studies: data development, structural enhancement and open access innovation.” [$600,000].

2008: “Deadly” Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Aboriginal Literature for the Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, with co-editor Dr. Anita Heiss.

2008: University of Sydney, International Program Development Fund: for Espejo De Tierra: Earth Mirror, an anthology of Chilean Mapuche and Australian Aboriginal poetry and art, with the Chilean Embassy, Australia, $2,500 as editor.

2008: ARC Linkage: “AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource” consortium, $650,000 as Chief Investigator.

2007: ARC Linkage “AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource” consortium, $500,000 as Chief Investigator.

2007: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, Australia Council for the Arts: for the Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, $65,000 as editor.

2007-2009: ARC Linkage: Macquarie University and Allen & Unwin, for the Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature, $250,000 as editor.

2007-2008: Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts: New Work Fellowship, $60,000.

2004-2007: Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Technology, Sydney.

2003: Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts: Presentation and Promotion Grant for the Sydney Poetry Network (as co-director).

2002: Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts: Developing Writer’s New Work Grant, $25,000.

2002: Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts: Presentation and Promotion Grant for the Sydney Poetry Network (as co-director).

2001: Literature Board, Australia Council for the Arts: Developing Writer’s New Work Grant.

2000: The Age Poetry Book of the Year, awarded to Empty Texas.

1999: Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, Poetry, $18,000.

1997: Australia Council for the Arts, Foundation Grant for Cordite Poetry and Poetics Review, $25,000.

1997: NSW Ministry for the Arts, Cordite Poetry and Poetics Review Production Grant.

1996: NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry shortlist, Rhythm in a Dorsal Fin.

Book Publications:

Incognita, forthcoming 2013.

blue grass, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, England, 2006. [ISBN 184471246]

Morning, Hyphen, Equipage Press, Cambridge, England, 2003. [ISBN 1900968665].

Morning, Hyphen, (selected) Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2000.[chapbook].

Empty Texas, Paper Bark Press, Brooklyn, 1999. [ISBN 905704 0360].

Empty Texas–a Selection, Folio(Salt), Cambridge/Fremantle, 1998. [ISBN 19001994864].

Rhythm in a Dorsal Fin, Five Islands Press, Wollongong, 1995. [ISBN 1875604324].

Edited Books:

2009: Jose, Nicholas and Peter Minter, et al. (eds.). The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. W.W. Norton & Co. : New York. [ISBN 9781741754407].

2009: Jose, Nicholas and Peter Minter, et al. (eds.). The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. [ISBN 9781741754407].

2008: Minter, Peter and Embassy of Chile. (eds.). Espejo De Tierra: Earth Mirror, an anthology of Chilean Mapuche and Australian Aboriginal poetry and art, Chilean Embassy, Australia. [ISBN 978 0 646 49303 9].

2008: Heiss, Anita, Peter Minter and Nicholas Jose. (eds.). Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin. [ISBN 9781741754384].

2008: Heiss, Anita, Peter Minter and Nicholas Jose. (eds.). Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature. McGill-Queen's University Press, Canada. [ISBN 978 0 7735 3459 9].

2000: Minter, Peter and Michael Brennan. (eds.). Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, Paper Bark Press, Brooklyn. [ISBN 876749180].

As Editor, Journal Publications:

2011-continuing: Overland, Poetry Editor, Overland Society.

2009-continuing: BlackBox Manifold, Contributing Editor, Cambridge/Sheffield UK.

2009: Angelaki Journal of Theoretical Humanities, Volume 14 Issue 2 2009 “Ecopoetics and Pedagogies” Co-editor with Dr Kate Fagan (UWS) and John Kinsella (UWA/Cambridge) [Routledge/Oxford ISSN: 1469-2899 (electronic) 0969-725X (paper)]

2006: Meanjin, ‘Indigenous Australia’ issue, (vol. 65, no. 1), Guest Editor. 2006. [ISSN 0025-6293]

2001: Meanjin, ‘Poetics’ issue (vol. 60, no. 2), special commissioning editor. 2001 [ISSN 0025-6293]

2000-2005: Meanjin, Poetry Editor.

1997-1999: Cordite Poetry and Poetics Review, founding co-editor, designer and publisher, Sydney. [ISSN 1328-2107]

1994-1998: Varuna New Poetry broadsheet, editor and designer, Katoomba. [ISSN 1326-8120]

Selected Chapters, Refereed Publications and Conference Papers:

2011: Minter, Peter, 'Writing Country: the Open Field and Indigenous Ecopoetics', at Australian Literature: Field, Curriculum, Emotion, University of Melbourne, 7th July, 2011, and at Poetry and the Contemporary, Deakin University, 8th July, 2011.

2008: Minter, Peter and Anita Heiss. 'Aboriginal Literature', Macquarie Pen Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2008. [ISBN 9781741754384].

2008: 'Plastic Weather: The Trash Vortex, Synthetic Romanticism and Ecopoetics', at Poetry and the Trace, Monash University, July 14 2008.

2007: Minter, Peter and Kate Fagan. 'Murdering Alphabets, Disorienting Romance: John Tranter and Postmodern Australian Poetics', The Salt Companion to John Tranter, edited by Rod Mengham, Salt Publishing, Cambridge UK., 2007. [ISBN 9781876857769].

2005: Minter, Peter and Kate Fagan, 'More Easily Erased': exile, colonisation and genealogies in John Tranter’s The Alphabet Murders' delivered at Poetics of Australian Space, University of Sydney and Art Gallery of NSW, 10th-13th February.
2004: Minter, Peter, 'Phenomenal Australian Poetics: Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Same time/Same place’ and signs of Aboriginal co-appearance in TGH Strehlow’s Songs of Central Australia.’' Delivered at Contemporary Writing Environments, Brunel University, London, UK, 8th-10th July., and at Cross Fertilisations: Literature, Science and Nature, University College, Chichester, UK, 16th-17th July.

2000: Minter, Peter ,'John Kinsella’s Poetics of Hybridity', in Fairly Obsessive: Essays on the Works of John Kinsella, edited by Rod Mengham and Glen Phillips, Centre for Studies in Australian Literature, in association with Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Nedlands, Western Australia. pp. 144-158

Other Key Publications:

  • Reviews:

2005: ‘A Radical Tonic’, review of Minyung Woolah Binnung: What Saying Says by Lionel Fogarty, and Smoke Encrypted Whispers by Samuel Wagan Watson, The Australian Book Review, no. 268, February 2005, p. 53.

2002: ‘When All is Said and Seen’, review of Afterimages by Robert Gray, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29th-30th June 2002, Spectrum, p.11.

2001: ‘Star Witnesses in the Court for Owls’, review of Gwen Harwood, Selected Poems: A New Edition, edited by Gregory Kratzmann, and In Her Strapless Dresses [and] Mud in My Tears by Lily Brett, The Sydney Morning Herald 3rd-4th November 2001, Spectrum, p.12.

2001: ‘Ethane Moments’, review of Other Worlds: Poems 1997-2001 by Dorothy Porter, Australian Book Review, no. 234, September 2001, pp. 53-54.

‘Untitled Review’, review of Running with Light by Luke Davies, Heat, no 12, pp. 252-254.

‘Untitled Review’, review of In the Cage of Love’s Gradings by Martin Langford, Heat, no. 9, pp. 173-178.

  • Poetry published in the following magazines, newspapers and journals:

The Age, Avernus, The Atlanta Review (USA), The Australian, The Australian Book Review, Boxkite, The Chicago Review (USA), Cordite, The Cortland Review (USA), ecopoetics (USA), foam:e, Freeverse (USA), Fulcrum (USA), Hobo, Heat, hutt, Island, Jacket, The Literary Review (USA), Masthead, Meanjin, Overland, papertiger, Picador New Writing 4, poetryetc (UK), Poetry International (USA), Poetry Review (UK), The Prague Review, Salt, Salt-lick Quarterly, Slope (USA), Southerly, Stand (UK), The Sydney Morning Herald, Verse (USA), Westerly, Zoland (USA).

  • Poetry anthologised in:

Contemporary Australian Poets, edited by John Kinsella, Desperation Press and turnrow Books, University of Louisiana, forthcoming 2012.

The Best Australian Poems 2011, edited by John Tranter Black Inc, Melbourne.

AU/UA: Contemporary Poetry in Australia and the Ukraine, eds. and trans. Les Wicks, Yuri Zadavsky and Grigory Semenchuk, Krok, Ternopil Ukraine and Meuse Press, Sydney Australia, online at , 2011.

The Best Australian Poems 2010, edited by Robert Adamson, Black Inc, Melbourne.

The Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson, Black Inc, Melbourne 2009 [ISBN: 9781863954525]

The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, edited by John Kinsella, 2008. [ISBN 9780143008736].

The Best Australian Poetry 2006, edited by Judith Beveridge, UQP.

The Best Australian Poems 2005, edited by Les Murray, Black Inc, Melbourne. pp. 113-115.

Verse: The Second Decade, edited by Brian Henry and Andrew Zawacki, University of Georgia, USA. 2004. pp. 374-376.

The Best Australian Poems 2003, edited by Peter Craven, Black Inc, Melbourne. pp. 226-234.

The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, edited by Philip Mead and John Tranter, Melbourne. 2003. pp. 425-426.

New Music: An Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by John Leonard, Five Islands Press, Wollongong. 2001. pp. 28-29.

Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets, edited by Michael Brennan and Peter Minter, Paper Bark Press, Brooklyn. 2000. pp. 209-227.

Landbridge Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by John Kinsella, Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle. 1999. pp. 221-226.

Picador New Writing 4, edited by Nicholas Jose and Beth Yahp, Pan Macmillan, Sydney. 1997.

Contact Details

Phone: (02) 9351 7004
Toll Free: 1800 622 742
Fax: (02) 9351 6924
Location: Room 432 Old Teachers College
Email: peter.minter@sydney.edu.au