DR Grant Caldwell

DR Grant Caldwell


  • Concrete poetry
  • The origins of haiku (Haiku and Dao)
  • The psychology of composition (The Psychology of Composition)
  • The teaching of creative writing
  • The writing of fiction (Pedagogy)
  • The writing of haiku in English
  • The writing of poetry (Creative Research)



  • Grant Caldwell completed an economics degree at the University of Melbourne in 1970 and for some time after living in Europe in the early 70s he devoted his time to writing. He has been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne since 1995. His creative work: poetry, stories and extended narratives, have been published widely in Australia since the early 70s, as well as in Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, U.S.A. He has had eleven books published, eight collections of poetry, two novels and a collection of short stories. His latest books are a novel "Love & Derangement" (Arcadia ASP, 2014) and "Reflections of a Temporary Self: New & Selected Poems" (Collective Effort Press/Trojan Press). His work has been translated into Bengali, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish and Arabic. He has received two Australia Council Established Writer Fellowships, and two Arts Victoria Grants. His books have been nominated for the Age Book of the Year Award, and a Human Rights Award. He was the Managing Editor of the Australian Poetry Centre's national poetry journal (refereed) Blue Dog from 2007 to 2010; he was an inaugural board member of the Australian Poetry Centre, and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Bid, 2007, and the Steering Committee for the Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas (Wheeler Centre). He was born in Melbourne, and has lived in London, Morocco, Ibiza and Sydney. He completed a doctorate in Creative Writing at Deakin University in 2012 (part-time, begun 2005). He has published articles in journals in Australia, Canada, Japan and India. The Japanese article was translated and published in English and Japanese. He has represented Australia at international poetry festivals in China, Colombia, New Zealand and Japan. He was head of the Creative Writing program for 2.5 years from 2103 to 2105. He is currently the coordinator of the Creative Writing Honours Program..   


Member of

  • Poetry Australia. Subscriber 2017 - 2018
  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs. Subscription member 2016 - 2018
  • Australian Poetry Centre. Subscription member 2007 - 2017
  • Victorian Writers Centre. Subscriber 1993 - 2011


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information

  • 1992 Australia Council for the Arts Established Writers Fellowship A
    1994 Australia Council for the Arts Established Writers Fellowship B
    2007 Australia Council for the Arts Self-organised Artist in Residence Grant
    2007 Artist in Residence Heinrich Boll Cottage Achill Island, Ireland   


Education and training

  • PhD, Deakin University 2012
  • MA, University of Melbourne 2004
  • T.S.T.C., University of Melbourne 1971
  • BComm, University of Melbourne 1970

Awards and honors

  • Heinrich Boll Artist in Residence Award (Ireland), 2007
  • Writer-in-residence Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill Island, Ireland (four weeks), Self Organised Residency (Australia Council for the Arts), 2007
  • Literature Fellowship Category A (Established Writers), Fellowship (A) Australia Council for the Arts, 1994
  • Literature Fellowship Category B (Established Writers), Fellowship (B) Australia Council for the Arts, 1992



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • The psychology of composition
    Haiku (and the influence of Taoism)
    Contemporary Australian poetry
    The writing of poetry
    The writing of fiction
    Teaching Creative Writing
    Concrete poetry