Anthony Lawrence (poet)

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Anthony Lawrence (born 1957) is a contemporary Australian poet and novelist. Lawrence has received a number of Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board Grants, including a Fellowship, and has won many awards for his poetry, including the inaugural Judith Wright Calanthe Award, the Gwen Harwood Memorial Prize, and the Newcastle Poetry Prize (three times). [1] His most recent collection is Headwaters (Pitt Street Poetry) which was awarded the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Poetry in 2017.

Published works[edit]



  • In the Half-Light Picador, Australia and UK, and Carroll & Graff, USA, 2000.


  • Newcastle Poetry Prize 2015.
  • The Philip Hodgins Medal. Awarded at the 2015 Mildura Writers Festival
  • Newcastle Poetry Prize 2014. (jointly with Debi Hamilton)
  • 6th Blake Poetry Prize 2013: winner for 'Appellations'[2]
  • Peter Porter Poetry Prize, 2010: winner for 'Domestic Emergencies'
  • The Age Book of the Year Award, Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize, 2008: shortlisted for Bark
  • Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Arts Queensland, Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry, 2008: shortlisted for Bark
  • Peter Porter Poetry Prize, 2007: shortlisted for 'Guidance and Knowledge' (Note: Prize known as the ABR Poetry Prize in 2007.)
  • Tasmania Book Prizes, Tasmania Book Prize, 2005: shortlisted for The Sleep of a Learning Man
  • The Age Book of the Year Award, poetry, 2004: shortlisted for The Sleep of a Learning Man
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry, 2004: shortlisted for The Sleep of a Learning Man
  • Colin Roderick Award, 2002: shortlisted for Skinned by Light : Poems 1989 – 2002
  • Josephine Ulrick National Poetry Prize, 2001: winner for 'The Rain'
  • Inaugural Judith Wright Calanthe Award, 1999: winner for New and Selected Poems
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, 1997: winner for The Viewfinder
  • Grace Perry Memorial Award, 1988: runner-up for 'Blood Oath'

External links[edit]

  • [2] Austlit entry page
  • [3] Poetry Archive UK page
  • [4] Interview with Ralph Wessman in Famous Reporter
  • [5] Interview with Robbie Coburn in Rochford Street Review


  1. ^ [1] Austlit entry
  2. ^ "2013 6th Blake Poetry Prize – Judges' Comments". The Blake Society. Retrieved 14 December 2013.