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Grant Caldwell

Senior Lecturer Poetry & Prose, Creative Writing
The Psychology of Composition
Haiku and Dao
Creative Research
literary reviews
arts & humanities
publication in enlgish as well as japanese translation
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Grant Caldwell

Primary Interest
Concrete poetry
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Grant Caldwell


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..

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Heinrich Boll Artist in Residence Award (Ireland)


Writer-in-residence Heinrich Boll Cottage, Achill Island, Ireland (four weeks)

Self Organised Residency (Australia Council for the Arts)


Literature Fellowship Category A (Established Writers)

Fellowship (A) Australia Council for the Arts


Literature Fellowship Category B (Established Writers)

Fellowship (B) Australia Council for the Arts





Senior Lecturer Poetry & Prose, Creative Writing

Culture And Communication


Poetry Australia

Subscription Member

Australasian Association of Writing Programs

Subscription Member

Australian Poetry Centre


Victorian Writers Centre


PhD (Creative Writing)

Deakin University

Master of Creative Writing

University of Melbourne

Trained Secondary Teaching Certificate

University of Melbourne

Bachelor of Commerce

University of Melbourne