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.
'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)
The Swarm2012selected 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.