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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 […]

The Lifted Brow / 2012

Posted on Aug 5, 2012
The Lifted Brow / 2012

Are crows smarter than chimpanzees? Do ravens collaborate with cougars to kill their prey? And how is a raven different to a crow, anyway? “Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?” is an essay that considers corvid intelligence and its implications – what it means for us when a crow displays traits previously thought […]

The Emerging Writer / Emerging Writers’ Festival / 2012

Posted on Jul 23, 2012
The Emerging Writer / Emerging Writers’ Festival / 2012

Aden’s flowchart, “Have you got a good idea?”, was commissioned for The Emerging Writer, the rebranded journal of The Emerging Writers’ Festival. Previously known as The Reader, The Emerging Writer was edited by Karen Pickering and is available as a print-on-demand publication and an e-book.

Cordite / 2010

Posted on Feb 12, 2012
Cordite / 2010

Aden reviewed Marion May Campbell’s Fragments from a Paper Witch for Cordite in 2010. Fragments is Campbell’s first collection, drawing together diverse works of poetry, prose poetry, fictocritical essay and performance writing. With playful, erudite language, Fragments asserts Campbell as a troubler of boundaries, with a strong authorial voice pulling the works together to speak to each other […]

Killings / 2010

Posted on Feb 8, 2012
Killings / 2010

Aden contributed the article “Why Australia Doesn’t Need The Reader” to Kill Your Darlings’ blog Killings just as The Reader, edited by Aden, went to print. Reflecting on the prospects of The Reader, the piece considered the place and cultural value of literary journals, and economic sustainability in the literary community.

Splog / 2010

Posted on Feb 6, 2012
Splog / 2010

Aden contributed the guest post “Creative editing before the launch” to Splog, the blog of the Small Press Underground Networking Community (SPUNC) in the lead-up to the launch of The Reader, which Aden edited. The piece reflected on editorial literacy and the difficulties of editing creative material, such as poetry and illustration.

The Reader / Emerging Writers’ Festival / 2009

Posted on Jan 24, 2012
The Reader / Emerging Writers’ Festival / 2009

Aden was commissioned to write the essay “Navigating the Emergentsia, or Why haven’t I made it yet?” for volume 1 of The Reader, edited by Dion Kagan. The piece unpacked the problematic identity of the emerging writer and explored the trend of professional diversification, as opposed to specialisation, amongst emerging artists.

Loop / 2008

Posted on Jan 18, 2012
Loop / 2008

Aden contributed the article “The Night Air: Breathe It In” for issue 6 of Loop, an art, literature and media magazine edited by Damian Castaldi. “The Night Air” is a sound collage program on ABC Radio National: radio abstraction for listening pleasure.