Owen Bullock is originally from Cornwall and lived for 25 years in Aotearoa New Zealand before migrating to Australia in 2014. He has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Canberra, where he currently teaches. As well as poetry and process, his research interests are in the use of line and space in poetry, prose poetry, collaboration, and haiku. His scholarly writing has appeared in Antipodes, Axon, Journal of New Zealand Literature, Ka Mate Ka Ora, New Writing, Qualitative Inquiry and TEXT, and he has a book chapter in British prose poetry: The poems without lines (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
He has published three collections of poetry, Work & Play (Recent Work Press, 2017), Semi (Puncher & Wattmann, 2017) and Sometimes the sky isn’t big enough (Steele Roberts, 2010); as well as four books of haiku, River’s Edge (Recent Work Press, 2016), Urban Haiku (Recent Work Press, 2015), Breakfast with epiphanies (Oceanbooks, 2012), and Wild camomile (Post Pressed, 2009); and the novella, A Cornish Story (Palores, 2010).
Owen has edited a number of journals and anthologies, including Poetry New Zealand Kokako, Spin and Bravado. He edited anthologies for the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition and was one of the editors who produced Take Five: Best Contemporary Tanka, Vol IV (Kei Books, 2012).
His PhD, titled ‘Semiotics and poetic practice in the work of three New Zealand poets’, discusses the work of Alistair Paterson, Alan Loney and Michele Leggott. He won the Canberra Critics’ Circle Award for Poetry 2015, and held a Donald Horne Creative and Cultural Fellowship in 2018. In a previous life he was a juggler and played the tin whistle.
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