Anne M Carson is a Melbourne-based poet, essayist and visual artist whose poetry has been published internationally, and widely in Australia. She specialises in poetic biography, using the affordances of poetry (first person voices, lyric depth charges, and a theatre-like cast of characters) to bring immediacy to biography. Her current project is writing a poetic biography of 19th century French (female) social radical and novelist, George Sand. Despite being considered the greatest proponent of the novel form during her lifetime, and despite her massive opus (approximately eighty novels and thirty five plays), as well as critical and commercial success, she was decanonised shortly after her death and in English speaking countries is poorly known. Anne is a conducting this project as PhD candidate in Creative Writing at RMIT.
Anne’s poems and essays have been broadcast on national and community radio, and she has curated a programme of poems on disability on ABC’s Poetica programme. Committed to social justice, she has initiated a number of poetry-led social justice projects, including donating proceeds from her chapbook, Writing on the Wall, to Anti-Slavery Australia, The River Project Soiree, fundraiser for the RiverKeepers and a greeting card, fundraiser for the Carbon Positive Charity. As a graduate of the Institute of Community Directors, she served as a board member in various roles (including Acting and Assistant Chair, Director Arts) at the social-change-through-the-arts organisation, Ondru.
She performs at poetry readings, festivals and soirees, and loves collaborating with musicians and other dancers. For a number of years she ran a series of soirees, featuring writers and musicians. She has served as a judge of poetry competitions, and teaches poetry at the community level, as well as working as a mentor for other poets. Her artwork, using botanical specimens has been exhibited, and used as the cover of poetry journal.
- Removing the Kimono (Hybrid Publishers, 2013)
- Writing on the Wall (Mark Time Press, 2017)
- Massaging Himmler: A Poetic Biography of Dr Felix Kersten (Hybrid Publishers, 2019)
- Two Green Parrots (Ginninderrra Press, 2019)
- The Detective’s Chair: Prose Poems about Fictional Detectives (Liquid Amber Press, 2023)
- Ron Pretty International Poetry Prize, 2010, Shortlisted
- Canberra University Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize, 2014 Longlisted
- Martha Richardson: Winner 2010, Highly Commended 2020
- Micro Lit USA, 2021
- Newcastle Poetry Prize, 2022
- Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize, 2023