Alizadeh was born in Tehran, Iran. He won his first literary award at 13, for a prose version of the Iranian epic Shah-Nameh (Book of Kings). His family migrated to Australia that same year, and he attended high school in Queensland. In 1995 he enrolled in the creative writing program at Griffith University in 1995, where he began writing performance poetry and produced his first book, eliXir: a story in poetry. He then earned a Ph.D. at Deakins University.
His work has appeared in such literary magazines as Overland, HEAT, Southerly, Kalimat, The Warwick Review, Poetry Review, Wasafiri, Famous Reporter, Divan, Cordite Poetry Review, turnrow, Red Weather, Voiceworks and Woorilla; The Age newspaper; and anthologies such as Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia, Said the Rat!, The Best Australian Poems 2008, Contemporary Australian Poetry in Chinese Translation, and Culture Is: Australian Stories Across Cultures.
He lived in China 2005-2007, and then in Turkey and Dubai. He has a wife, Penelope, and a son, Jasper.
He lectures in creative writing at Monash University in Melbourne.
- eliXir: a story in poetry. Mont Albert, Vic: Grendon Press, 2002.
- Eyes in Times of War. Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2006.
- Ashes in the Air. St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2011.
- The New Angel. Yarraville, Vic: Transit Lounge, 2008.
- Transactions. St. Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2013.
- Iran: My grandfather. Yarraville, Vic: Transit Lounge, 2010.
- Farīd al-Dīn ʻAṭṭār, Fifty Poems of Attar (translated with Kenneth Avery). Melbourne: re.press, 2007.
- Six Vowels and Twenty Three Consonants: An anthology of Persian poetry from Rudaki to Langrood (translated & edited with John Kinsella). Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2012.
Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Poetry International Rotterdam.
- Irene’s Inquisition. Melbourne: Chapel off Chapel, 2001.
- Elixir. Melbourne: The Store Room, 2002.
- A Sufi Valentine. Melbourne: La Mama Theatre, 2004.
Audio / videoEdit
- A Nocturne (with Bill Mousoulis). Melbourne: Innersense Productions, 2007.
- Ali Alizadeh (Iran, 1976) at Poetry International (profile & 19 poems).
- Extract from Ashes in the Air (.PDF)
- Ali Alizadeh at PoemHunter (44 poems).
- Ali Alizadeh at Overland.
- Audio / video
- Tina Giannoukos Reviews Ali Alizadeh" (review of Ashes in the Air) at Cordite Poetry Review
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