width=61 height=87> John Tranter
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John Tranter spent his youth on a farm on the South-east coast of Australia, attended country schools, and took his BA in 1970 after attending university sporadically. He has worked mainly in publishing and radio production for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and has travelled widely, making reading tours of the United States, England and Europe. He has lived at various times in Melbourne, Singapore, Brisbane and London, and now lives in Sydney.

He has received several senior fellowships and other grants from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and a visiting residency at Cambridge University in 2001 and 2002. Sixteen collections of his verse have been published, including The Floor of Heaven, a book-length sequence of four verse narratives (HarperCollins 1992 and Arc, UK, 2001), Gasoline Kisses (Equipage, Cambridge, 1997), Late Night Radio (Polygon, Edinburgh, 1998), Different Hands, a collection of seven experimental prose pieces (Folio/Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1998), and Heart Print (Salt Publishing, UK, 2000). His work also appears in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry.

In 1992 he edited (with Philip Mead) the Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry, a 470-page anthology which has become the standard text in its field, published in Britain and the USA as the Bloodaxe Book of Modern Australian Poetry.

He is the editor of the free Internet magazine Jacket.

A Sample of John Tranter's work follows. You can find more of is work and information about the poet by following the links provided at the end of this document.


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