Mike Ladd is currently producer and presenter of ABC Radio National’s poetry program Poetica. He has published six books of poetry and since the 1980s he has been experimenting with poetry on screen and as audio. He has collaborated extensively with musicians including the groups The Drum Poets, newaural net, and Max Mo. In 2006 he was awarded the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature and was a guest of Venezuela’s World Poetry Festival in Caracas. He has conducted poetry workshops in every state and territory of Australia. In 2009 he had an artist’s residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia. He has written essays and reviews for The Weekend Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Adelaide Review, and Australian Author.
Latest Book: Transit
Five Islands Press, Melbourne, 2007
In a combination of free and more formal verse, Mike Ladd’s new book of poems Transit deals with crossings and journeys through both place and time. Starting at dawn and moving to late-night poems, the collection observes key transitional moments in life: the transition from childhood to puberty, young love, ageing and death. Ladd takes us on physical journeys as well: on the highways of Australia, and to foreign cities like London, New York and Port Moresby. The collection includes a CD of a remarkable performance of his Rhapsody in Port Moresby recorded with saxophone, bass and drums.
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