M. T. C. Cronin

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M. T. C. Cronin (born 1963) is a contemporary Australian poet.

MTC Cronin has published twenty books (poetry, prose poems and essays) including a collection jointly written with the Australian poet, Peter Boyle. Her work has won and been shortlisted for many major literary awards, both internationally and in her native Australia, including the Gwen Harwood Memorial Poetry Prize, the Stand International Poetry Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Artsrush Poetry Prize and the James Joyce Foundation’s Suspended Sentence Award. She has been twice nominated for one of North America’s most prestigious literary awards, the Pushcart Prize, and in Australia her books have received numerous accolades (see publication list below). Several of her books have appeared in translation: The Ridiculous Shape of Longing (Macedonian) and Talking to Neruda’s Questions, which has been translated into Spanish, Italian and Swedish. Other individual translations of her work have been into Bengali, Mandarin, French, Italian, Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Macedonian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Catalan, Spanish, Austrian and German. She has two collections forthcoming in 2018: a book of prose poems, God is Waiting in the World’s Yard (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney) and her book-length poem, Causal (Spuyten Duyvil, New York).

Cronin has studied arts (double major in political science), law (first class honours), literature (masters degree) and creative writing (masters degree). After being employed for most of the decade of the eighties in the hospitality and cleaning industries and for the decade of the nineties in law, she has in recent years taught literature and creative writing and hosted workshops at primary and secondary schools, universities and writers’ centres. Her poetry has been set in texts in numerous schools and at tertiary level in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Departments of Law, English and Writing, for example at UNSW, the University of Sydney, the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, the University of Melbourne, the University of Newcastle and the University of Western Australia. Cronin currently lives and farms with her partner and three daughters.

Forthcoming Books (Australia, USA)[edit]

  • God is Waiting in the World’s Yard (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, Australia, 2018)
  • Causal ~ speaking the future (Spuyten Duyvil, New York, USA, 2018)

Bibliography[edit]

Poetry

  • Zoetrope: we see us moving (Five Islands, Wollongong, Australia, 1995) ISBN 1-875604-34-0
  • the world beyond the fig (Five Islands, Wollongong, Australia, 1998, shortlisted CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 1999) ISBN 0864186118
  • Everything Holy (Balcones International Press, Temple, USA, 1998, shortlisted Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature 1997; shortlisted Age Book of the Year 1999; shortlisted Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry, Qld Premier’s Literary Awards 1999; shortlisted Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2000; commended Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry 1999) ISBN 1-891811-04-5 (review)
  • Mischief-Birds (Vagabond Press, Sydney, Australia, 1999)
  • Bestseller (Vagabond Press, Sydney, Australia, 2001, shortlisted John Bray Poetry Award, South Australian Festival Awards for Literature 2002; shortlisted Age Book of the Year 2002) ISBN 0-9578378-2-8
  • Talking to Neruda's Questions (Vagabond Press, Sydney, Australia, 2001, ISBN 0-9578378-2-8 online at www.shearsman.com
  • My Lover's Back (UQP, St Lucia, Australia, 2002, shortlisted John Bray Poetry Award, South Australian Festival Awards for Literature 2004) ISBN 0-7022-3284-X
  • The Confetti Stone and other poems (Picaro Press, Warner’s Bay, Australia, 2002) ISSN 1444-8424
  • beautiful, unfinished ~ PARABLE/SONG/CANTO/POEM (Salt, Cambridge, UK, 2003, Book of the Month, Shearsman Books, UK, August 2003; shortlisted Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2004) ISBN 1-876857-29-3
  • <More or Less Than> 1-100 (Shearsman, Exeter, UK, 2004, shortlisted Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2005; shortlisted Age Book of the Year 2005; winner CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry, Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2005; winner Award for Innovation in Writing, South Australian Festival Awards for Literature 2006 ) ISBN 0-907562-47-7 excerpts 1-13, 88-100
  • The Flower, the Thing (UQP, St Lucia, Australia, 2006, shortlisted WARM Literary Awards Book of the Year 2007) ISBN 0-7022-3556-3
  • Our Life is a Box. / Prayers Without a God (Soi 3, Chiang Mai/Brisbane, Australia/Thailand, 2007)ISBN 978-0-9579411-4-4
  • Notebook of Signs (& 3 Other Small Books) (Shearsman, Exeter, UK, 2007) ISBN 978-1-905700-11-0
  • How Does a Man Who is Dead Reinvent His Body? (The Belated Love Poems of Thean Morris Caelli) (co-written with Peter Boyle, Shearsman Books, Exeter, UK, 2008) ISBN 978-1-84861-016-3
  • Irrigations (of the Human Heart) ~ Fictional Essays on the Poetics of Living, Art & Love (Ravenna Press, Edmonds, USA, 200) ISBN 978-0-9822115-3-3
  • Squeezing Desire Through a Sieve ~ micro-essays on judgement & justice (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, Australia, 2009, shortlisted Award for Innovation in Writing, South Australian Festival Awards for Literature 2010) ISBN 978-1-921450-12-9
  • The World Last Night [metaphors for death] (UQP, St Lucia, Australia, 2012, highly commended, Prime Minister’s Literary Awards 2013) ISBN 978-0-7022-4951-8
  • in possession of loss (Shearsman, Exeter, UK, 2014) ISBN 978-1-84861-382-9
  • The Law of Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann, Sydney, Australia, 2015) ISBN 978-1-9221866-1-4

In translation

  • Respondiendo a las Preguntas de Neruda in Spanish and English, trans. Juan Garrido Salgado (Safo, Santiago, Chile, 2004) ISBN 956-7661-04-9
  • Controcanto al Libro Delle Domande di Neruda in Italian and English, trans. Hans Kitzmuller (Braitan, Brazzano, Italy, 2005) ISBN 88-86950-11-X
  • The Ridiculous Shape of Longing: New and Selected Poems in English and Macedonian, trans. Igor Isakovski (Blesok, Skopje, Macedonia, 2005) ISBN 9989-928-51-7

External sources[edit]

References[edit]

  • MTC Cronin at Thylazine Artists and Writers Directory