Paul Hetherington



e grew up in Adelaide, Australia with his brother Mark and his younger sister Naomi until his family moved to Perth in 1966 when his father accepted a job in the fledgling Politics Department of the University of Western Australia, before becoming a Western Australian member of parliament. His mother was an academic historian with particular interests in African History and Women’s History.
   Hetherington’s career as a writer spans more than 30 years, and he has published 17 full-length poetry collections and 13 poetry chapbooks, along with numerous edited books and academic articles
  He is Emeritus Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra where he founded International Poetry Studies (IPSI). He is also a founding editor of the international journal Axon: Creative Explorations and founder of the International Prose Poetry Project. He is co-author of the authoritative Prose Poetry: An Introduction (Princeton UP, 2020) and co-editor of the definitive Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry (Melbourne UP, 2020).
  Paul’s numerous awards include the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Book of the Year, the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for the best book of poetry published in Australia, and the 2021 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize.
  His newest collection is Sleeplessness, a volume of poetry that explores insomnia and intimacy through both a found and profound self-awareness as it emanates from the speaker’s deepest self-reflections.