Left: Reading poems at Poetry International, Royal Festival Hall, London
Right: Theatre, Salt Publishing (book cover)
Born in 1962, Alison Croggon is one of a generation of Australian poets which emerged in the 1990s. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose.
The Australian Book Review described her as "one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today." Her poetry has been widely published in journals both in Australia and overseas, and is included in many major Australian anthologies. Her most recent poetry collection is New and Selected Poems 1991-2017 (Newport Street Books 2017). Previous titles include: Theatre (Salt Publishing 2008), Ash (Cusp Books, Los Angeles 2007); November Burning (Vagabond Press Rare Objects Series, Sydney, 2004); Mnemosyne, (Wild Honey Press, Ireland, 2001); The Common Flesh: New and Selected Poems (Arc Publications, UK, 2003) and Attempts at Being, (Salt Publishing, UK, 2002).
Her most recent collection is New and Selected Poems 1991-2017 (Newport St Books, 2017), which includes poems from all her collections and new and unpublished work.
Her first book of poems, This is the Stone, won the 1991 Anne Elder and Dame Mary Gilmore Prizes. Her novel Navigatio, published by Black Pepper Press, was highly commended in the 1995 Australian/Vogel literary awards. Her second book of poems, The Blue Gate, was released in 1997 and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Poetry Prize. Attempts at Being was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards and also was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in the US.
Since 2000, she has toured frequently in the UK and the US,
among other things reading at the Poetry International Festival at Royal Festival Hall in London, the Soundeye International Poetry Festival in Cork, and the New Writing symposium at the University of East Anglia. In 2000 she spent six months as the Australia Council Writer in Residence at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (UK).
Many of her poems have been set to music by various composers, including Smetanin (Skinless Kiss of Angels, Elision New Music Ensemble), Christine McCombe (To The Wider Ocean, Salford Sonic Fusion, Manchester UK 2015), Margaret Legge-Wilkinson (Canberra New Music Ensemble) and Andreé Greenwell (Villainelles, Gothic Seymour Centre, Vivid Live, Sydney 2015).
She was poetry editor for Overland Extra (1992), Modern Writing
(1992-1994) and Voices (1996) and is founding editor of the literary arts journal Masthead.