Shortlist year: 2012

Shortlist category: Poetry

Published by: UQP

Alizadeh finds grace, wit and fire in this latest volume of poetry which explores themes such as fatherhood and migration. It ranges from the Tehran of Alizadeh’s childhood to the Australian coast of his teenage years. From the opening poem’s hymn to mobility and renewal to the elegiac ending, Ashes in the Air sparks with wisdom and energy.

About the author

Ali Alizadeh

Ali Alizadeh was born in Tehran in 1976 and migrated to Australia in 1991.

He graduated with Honours in Creative Arts from Griffith University, Gold Coast and holds a PhD in Professional Writing from Deakin University, Melbourne. He has taught at universities in Australia, China, Turkey and United Arab Emirates, and has also worked as street performer, hair-wrapper, and delivery driver.

He is a writer of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, drama and literary criticism, and this is his sixth book.

He lives with his wife and son.