Adam Aitken 




Fable english

The Anti-travel Travel Poem english

Pol Pot in Paris english

Translations: de

to poem

On the Chemin de Fer english

I Smell Buffalo in Cambodia english

Translations: de

to poem

Adam Aitken 

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* 1960, London, United Kingdom
lives in: Sydney, Australia

Born in London in 1960 to an Anglo-Australian father and a Thai mother, Adam spent his childhood in South-east Asia, before migrating to Australia where he graduated from the University of Sydney in 1982. In 1982 he spent six months living with his relatives and learning Thai in Bangkok. He was a co-editor of the poetry magazine P76, named after a failed Leyland car model, and for a time was associate poetry editor for Heat magazine. He has traveled widely, visiting Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia; his experiences overseas continue to inform his poetry.

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Aitken published his first collection, Letter to Marco Polo, in 1985. He has since published five further poetry collections, and his poems and short fiction have also been published widely in anthologies and literary journals. For some years he has taught narrative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

In 2006 he obtained a PhD in creative writing. In 2010 he was the Visiting Distinguished Writer at University of Hawai’i, Manoa. His poetry and prose have been widely anthologized. His words are also immortalized in bronze on the Avenue of Nations sculpture at Centennial Park, Sydney. His most recent books of poetry are Eighth Habitation, which was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Award, and Tonto’s Revenge, (Tinfish Press, Hawai’i). In 2012 he was resident at the Australia Council’s Keesing Studio, Paris, and in Southern France, where he spent six months learning French and completing new work.  

  • Tonto's Revenge

    TinFish Press, 2011

  • Eighth Habitation

    Giramondo Press, 2009

  • Romero And Juliet in Subtitles

    Brandl & Schlesinger, 2000

  • In One House

    Harper Collins/Paper Bark Press, 1996

  • Letter to Marco Polo

    Island Press, 1985