Andy Kissane i(213 works by)
Born: Established: 1959 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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A Sydney-based poet, Andy Kissane has also written short fiction and published his first novel, Under the Same Sun (2000).

He has worked as a writer-in-residence at MLC School (Burwood, NSW), taught English at high schools and TAFE colleges and lectured in creative writing at various Sydney universities. Kissane has also produced audio books for the Royal Blind Society and worked as editor of Impact the monthly magazine of the Australian Council of Social Service.

A member of the Poets' Union, Kissane participated in the inaugural 'POW! Poets on Wheels' tour, a project that takes performance poetry to regional New South Wales.

Kissane won the inaugural Cricket Poetry Prize (2009) for his poem The Catch.

Personal Awards

2015 highly commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize for After the Deluge
2015 highly commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize for Ash Wednesday, Aireys Inlet
2011 shortlisted The Newcastle Poetry Prize for 'Conversing with Ghosts'

Awards for Works

Radiance 2014 selected work poetry

'Radiance is a book firmly grounded in the reality of contemporary life, yet lit by empathy and humour. Kissane ranges from the self-immolation of a Buddhist monk to a sailing trip on Sydney harbour with Percy Shelley to the celebration of an enduring relationship with The Moon.

'Lyrical, moving and surprising, these poems are warm and shining creations.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Poetry Award
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Poetry
2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
The Swarm 2012 selected work short story These eleven stories bound together by recurring characters and by subtle devices such as the painter Marc Chagall and an overheard conversation on a train gradually develop the surprising resonances of a fictional world that is both familiar and strange, engaging and exhilarating.
2013 longlisted International Awards Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award
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