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Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge / 2016–present

Posted on May 10, 2020
Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge / 2016–present

Aden is currently working on his second book, the Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. Named for the apocryphal Chinese encyclopaedia as imagined by Borges, the poems and essays of this work consider the various ways we categorise animals and the absurdity of doing so. Poems from the Heavenly Emporium have been featured in Cordite Poetry […]

False Nostalgia / Giramondo / 2016

Posted on Jan 20, 2020
False Nostalgia / Giramondo / 2016

Aden’s debut publication, False Nostalgia, combines poetry and essay to explore the intersection of memory, narrative and identity. Published by Giramondo, the book received the 2017 Mary Gilmore Award and was named by Mascara the best avant-garde poetry book of 2016. False Nostalgia received support for False Nostalgia from the Australia Council, in the form of a […]

Rhyming the Dead / Red Room / 2015

Posted on May 10, 2015
Rhyming the Dead / Red Room / 2015

Rhyming the Dead is a Red Room radio series that commissioned 10 writers to create and perform new work inspired by a dead poet of their choosing. For this project Aden produced three poems after Australian poet John Forbes: ‘Emerald City’, ‘Damaged Glamour’ and ‘Last Drinks’. Episodes were broadcast through the Community Radio Network.

JUMP Mentorship / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Posted on Aug 5, 2012
JUMP Mentorship / Australia Council for the Arts / 2013

Aden is the recipient of a JUMP mentorship from the Australia Council, to work on False Nostalgia, a poetry and poetics work about memory, narrative and identity, working with mentor Ross Gibson. Aden has also been awarded the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry from Varuna, the Writers’ House, for this project. JUMP Mentorships are administered by […]

Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship / Varuna / 2013

Posted on Aug 4, 2012
Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship / Varuna / 2013

Aden has been awarded the Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry in 2013 to work on his project ‘Anamnesis’, exploring the concept of false nostalgia. The fellowship is administered by Varuna and provides for a three-week residency at Varuna, The Writers’ House, in Katoomba, NSW.

Judith Wright Poetry Prize / 2008, 2009, 2011

Posted on Jul 26, 2012
Judith Wright Poetry Prize / 2008, 2009, 2011

Aden was commended for the 2011 Judith Wright Poetry Prize for his poems “Ungainly” and “Mountainousness”. These poems will be collected in a “new and emerging poets” anthology and published by Overland later in 2012. Judged by Peter Minter from a pool of 500-odd entries, this is the third time Aden has been commended for this prize. Aden […]

Small Wonder / Spineless Wonders / 2012

Posted on Jul 24, 2012
Small Wonder / Spineless Wonders / 2012

Aden’s poem, “The End of Things”, was shortlisted for Spineless Wonders’ Small Wonder prose poem and microfiction competition, judged by joanne burns. The poem was subsequently published in the Small Wonder anthology, and was described by the Sydney Morning Herald as “visionary”. A number of poems in the collection were recorded by the poets and are available […]

Cordite 38 / 2012

Posted on Jul 21, 2012
Cordite 38 / 2012

Aden’s poem, “Out of Politeness”, was selected for issue 38 of Cordite, “Sydney”.

The Best Australian Poems 2011 / Black Inc. / 2011

Posted on Mar 20, 2012
The Best Australian Poems 2011 / Black Inc. / 2011

Aden’s poem, “How we tell stories about ourselves”, was selected for The Best Australian Poems 2011 as one of the most vigorous, varied and interesting poems of the year. Edited by celebrated poet John Tranter, this sparkling anthology shines a light on the phantasmagorical nature of poetry, evoking images, transformations and events that range from […]

The Best Australian Poetry 2009 / UQP / 2009

Posted on Mar 6, 2012
The Best Australian Poetry 2009 / UQP / 2009

Previously published in Overland (issue 193, 2008), Aden’s poem, “We Watched the Waves”, was selected for the final instalment in UQP’s Best Australian Poetry series. In this collection of 40 poems, guest editor Alan Wearne brings his long experience as a poet and teacher of poetry and a sharp eye for the surprising to celebrate […]