John Tranter

‘Tranter may now be Australia’s most important poet.’
— US Publishers Weekly , 2007

 John Tranter’s two latest books Urban Myths: 210 Poems: New and Selected (2006) and Starlight: 150 Poems (2010), have together won six major Australian awards.

tranter-by-anders-hallengren-2009-02-11-200wHe received a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Wollongong and is an Honorary Associate in the University of Sydney School of Letters, Arts and Media. He has given more than a hundred readings and talks in various cities around the world, has published more than twenty collections of verse, and has edited six anthologies, including The Best Australian Poetry 2011 and The Best Australian Poetry 2012 (Black Inc.)

He founded the free Internet magazine Jacket in 1997 and granted it to the University of Pennsylvania in 2010, he is the founder of the Australian Poetry Library at which publishes over 40,000 Australian poems online, and he has a Journal at, a vast homepage at, and he founded the wildly successful Journal of Poetics Research in 2014.

In 2010 British critic Rod Mengham compiled a collection of a dozen essays from critics in Britain, the US and Australia: The Salt Companion to John Tranter (Cambridge: Salt Publications, 2010.)

In 2014 two volumes of his poetry will be published in the United States of America by BlazeVox Books: a North American version of Starlight: 150 Poems, and a new volume Heart Starter: 101 Poems, which will also be published in Australia by Puncher and Wattmann.

 Photo of John Tranter by Anders Hallengren, 2009.

Kate Lilley

Kate Lilley’s first book of poems Versary was published by Salt Publications in Cambridge, England:

Photo of Kate Lilley by John Tranter

Her second collection is Ladylike, published by the University of Western Australia Press in 2012. A critic in The Australian had this to say:

Her poems present a refreshing and valuable world of slant humour, bright fragments and deeply-considered oddities, with subtle hints of suffering redeemed. As a reviewer recently remarked, this book “consolidates the emergence of a strong voice in Australian poetry.”