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Senior lecturer and head of the Creative Writing program, The University of Melbourne

Grant Caldwell completed an economics degree at the University of Melbourne in 1970 and for some time after living in Europe in the early 70s he devoted his time to writing. He has been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne since 1995. His creative work: poetry, stories and extended narratives, have been published widely in Australia since the early 70s, as well as in Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, U.S.A. He has had nine books published, seven collections of poetry, a novel and a collection of short stories. A new novel will appear in 2014, and a 'Selected and New Poetry' in 2015. His work has been translated into Bengali, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. He has received two Australia Council Established Writer Fellowships, and two Arts Victoria Grants. His books have been nominated for the Age Book of the Year Award, and a Human Rights Award. He was the Managing Editor of the Australian Poetry Centre's national poetry journal (refereed) Blue Dog from 2007 to 2010; he was an inaugural board member of the Australian Poetry Centre, and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Bid, 2007, and the Steering Committee for the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (Wheeler Centre). He was born in Melbourne, and has lived in London, Morocco, Ibiza and Sydney. He completed a doctorate in Creative Writing at Deakin University in 2012 (part-time, begun 2005). He has published articles in journals in Australia, Canada, Japan and India. The Japanese article was translated and published in English and Japanese. He has represented Australia at international poetry festivals in Columbia, New Zealand and Japan. He is currently the head of the Creative Writing program, a position he has held since the beginning of 2013. It is expected he will step down from this position mid 2015.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer and head of the Creative Writing program, University of Melbourne