by George J. Dance

Alizadeh ali

Ali Alizadeh. Courtesy Salt Publishing.

Ali Alizadeh (born 1976) is an Australian poet and academic.[1]


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.[1]

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.[1]

He lived in China 2005-2007, and then in Turkey and Dubai. He has a wife, Penelope, and a son, Jasper.[1]

He lectures in creative writing at Monash University in Melbourne.[2]


Alizadeh won Verandah magazine’s 2000 Literary Award for his long poem "Princess".[1]




  • The New Angel. Yarraville, Vic: Transit Lounge, 2008.

Short fictionEdit

  • 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:, 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.

Plays producedEdit

  • Irene’s Inquisition. Melbourne: Chapel off Chapel, 2001.
  • Elixir. Melbourne: The Store Room, 2002.
  • A Sufi Valentine. Melbourne: La Mama Theatre, 2004.

Audio / videoEdit

Ali Alizadeh - Poetry In The Continental Review

Ali Alizadeh - Poetry In The Continental Review


  • A Nocturne (with Bill Mousoulis). Melbourne: Innersense Productions, 2007.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Ali Alizadeh (Iran, 1976), Poetry International Rotterdam. Web, June 21, 2013.
  2. Ashes in the Air – Ali Alizadeh (University of Queensland Press), Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, Government of Australia. Web, June 21, 2013.

External linksEdit

Audio / video
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