Adam Aitken

Creative writer and teacher


 Adam Aitken spent his early childhood in London, Thailand and Malaysia, before settling in Sydney. He is the author of numerous articles on poetry, works of creative non-fiction, and four books of poetry. He was Poet in Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris in 2011, and co-edited the contemporary Asian Australian Poets anthology (Puncher & Wattmann) in 2013. His most recent poetry and essays have recently appeared in HEAT, Axon, Canadian journal Arc and in Transnational Literature. His memoir One Hundred Letters Home was published by Vagabond Press in 2016.

Recent reviews and articles about Adam Aitken:

State Library Awards NSW Premiers Prize Judges comments

Prime Ministers Awards 2018 shortlist Judges Report

David Gilbey Reviews Adam Aitken and Elizabeth Allen 19 December 2018

Michael Brennan, ‘Adam Aitken’ in Poetry International Web. Available at

Adelaide Writers’ Week director Laura Kroetsch introduces the Adelaide Writers’ Week authors for 2017.


To Gather Your Leaving: Asian Diasporic Poetry from America, Australia, UK, and Europe, edited by Boet Kim, Cheng, Arin Alycia Fong, and Justin Chia, Ethos Books, 2019.

Contemporary Australian Poets, Puncher and Wattmann, 2016.

Best Australian Poems 2016, Black Ink

Co-editor and contributor, Contemporary Asian-Australian Poets, Puncher and Wattmann 2013.

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


The Puncher and 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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