Peter Boyle

Poet of the Month – January

Peter Boyle was born in Melbourne in 1951 and has lived most of his life in Sydney. He is a poet and translator of Spanish and French poetry. He has worked most of his life as a teacher, first in high schools and then with NSW TAFE. His sixth collection of poetry, Towns in the Great Desert: New and Selected Poems, appeared in 2013. In 2010 his book Apocrypha (Vagabond Press, 2009) received the Queensland Premier’s Prize. His awards for poetry include the South Australian Premier’s Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Award and the National Book Council Award.

His translations from Spanish include Anima (2011) and Tokonoma (2014) by Cuban poet José Kozer and The Trees: selected poems by Eugenio Montejo (2004). His translations of poetry and prose by Pierre Reverdy, René Char and Yves Bonnefoy have appeared in American Poetry Review, Jubilat, Shearsman (UK) and The Ecco Anthology of International Poetry. In 2013 he received the NSW Premier’s Award for Literary Translation. He is currently completing a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Western Sydney.


Peter Boyle

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