Adam Aitken

Creative writer and teacher


My most recent poetry and non-fiction appears in the following anthologies

Perfume RiverThe Perfume River offers perspectives on Vietnam from both inside and outside the country. The diverse array of writers include renowned authors of the Vietnamese literary canon, second generation ex-pats based in Australia and America, and non-Vietnamese authors who have special ties with the country and its culture. The only book of its kind on the market, The Perfume River is a collection of short stories and poetry. It explores a multitude of rich themes including origin, the rural/urban divide in Vietnam, family, the generation gap, lost love, the effects of war, migration, a foreigner’s impressions/descriptions of Vietnam, the East/West divide, ex-pats, Western attitudes to Vietnam and Asia, Vietnamese attitudes to the West, and everyday life in Vietnam. With 32 contributors – including Nam Le, Andrew Lam, Bao Ninh, Pham Thi Hoai, and Pam Brown – The Perfume River provides a unique insight into Vietnam and will be of interest to the (armchair) traveler or indeed anyone interested in understanding more about this gentle culture.

Available from Amazon Books

PEN MacquarieA landmark anthology of Australian literary writing across all genres from over two centuries, this is an authoritative collection more than six years in the making, providing a window onto Australian culture. An essential addition to every Australian’s library.

Available from Allen & Unwin


Puncher AnthlThe Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry

Edited by John Leonard

ISBN: 9781921450297

Australian poetry from a 21st century perspective, with a selection from a wide range of living poets as well as familiar voices from the past. There is an emphasis on social observation and personal experience of Australia’s changing history that gives new context to poetry by previous generations from Wright and Hope through Lawson and Paterson to Harpur, Kendall and the poets of early settlement.
— Susan Lever

My writing appears in the following publications

The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, ULM books, University of Louisiana, 2013

The Puncher & Wattmann Anthology of Australian Poetry, edited by John Leonard, Puncher & Wattmann, 2010

The Literature of Australia, W W Norton and Company, 2009

Best Australian Poems 2009, edited by Robert Adamson, Black Inc, 2009

Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Centre of Macquarie University PEN, 2009

The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, edited by John Kinsella, Penguin, 2008

Contemporary Australian Poetry in Chinese Translation, edited by Ouyang Yu and John Kinsella, 2008

Windchimes, Asia in Australian Poetry, Pandanus Poetry, edited by Noel Rowe and Vivian Smith 2006, pp. 211-3

Poets Union Poems About War

Best Australian Poems 2005, edited by Les Murray, Black Inc, 2005

New Music, Anthology of Australian Poetry, edited by John Leonard, Island Press, 2001

Big Bridge: a Webzine of Poetry

Landbridge: Australian Contemporary Poetry, edited by John Kinsella, Fremantle Arts Centre Press

Calyx, an Anthology of New Australian Poetry, edited by Peter Minter and Michael Brennan, Craftsman House/Paper Bark Press 2000

New World Tattoo: Newcastle Poetry Prize 1996; Picador New Writing 4 1997

The Night Jar: Newcastle Poetry Prize 1997

Midday Horizon, Round Table Publications 1996

Poetry (Chicago USA) Special Australian Poetry Issue, November 1996

Oxford Book of Australian Love Poems , edited by Jennifer Strauss, 1990

Writers in the Park: The Book, edited by Writers in the Park Committee, 1985

Minute to Midnight: New Writing for Peace and Disarmament edited by Christopher Kelen, 1985

New Pressings, Poetry Australia, 1984.

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