Ross Clark

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Ross Clark (born 30 August 1953)[1] is an award-winning Australian poet. His poems often use strongly physical imagery and he is a strong exponent of haiku poetry.[2]


Born in Toowoomba,[1] Clark attended Mt Gravatt High School[1] and the University of Queensland.[1] He spent over a decade teaching in rural and regional communities. In recent years he has specialized in teaching poetry and creative writing at Queensland University of Technology,[3] as well as performing as a musician.[4]

Critical recognition[edit]

In 1990 Clark was an inaugural member of the Queensland Writers Train;[5] in 2003 he was recipient of the Centenary of Federation Medal, otherwise known as the Centenary Medal, for "contribution to poetry";[6] in 2004 he was recipient of the Queensland Writers' Centre Johnno Award, "for outstanding contribution to Queensland writers and writing";[7] and in 2008 he was recipient of the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize.[8]


  • 1982. Chameleon: Triprych 1-33. Brisbane: Queensland Community Press
  • 1986. With Fires on Every Horizon. Kelvin Grove: Brisbane College of Advanced Education. ISBN 978-0-86856-654-2
  • 1997. Wishbones & windfalls. Flaxton: Post Pressed. ISBN 978-0-9586571-3-6
  • 2001. Remix: Poems Ancient and Modern. Flaxton: Post Pressed, ISBN 978-1-876682-25-5
  • 2007. Salt Flung into the Sky. Charnwood: Ginninderra Press. ISBN 978-1-74027-436-4


  1. ^ a b c d Clark, Ross on AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource, accessed 07/08/2011
  2. ^ The Australian Haiku Society: Words and Water Dragons 2008; First Australian Haiku Anthology reviewed on NEW HOPE INTERNATIONAL; Expert profile: Mr Ross Clark, accessed 07/08/2011
  3. ^ QUT | Expert Guide | Expert details, accessed 07/08/2011
  4. ^ Ukeleles keeping tune - ABC News, accessed 07/08/2011
  5. ^ "Q150 Steam Train". Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link), accessed 07/08/2011
  6. ^ UQ`s Centenary Medallists, accessed 07/08/2011
  7. ^ December Arts Update 2008, accessed 07/08/2011
  8. ^ AustLit News April/May 2008, accessed 07/08/2011

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