My most recent poetry and non-fiction appears in the following anthologies
The 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
A 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
Edited by John Leonard
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, http://www.poetsunion.com/PoemsAboutWar.htm
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, http://www.bigbridge.org/issue9/ozaitken.htm
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.