Dennis Haskell has a background in accountancy, and gained a Ph.D in literature from the University of Sydney in 1982. He began teaching English in 1973, and moved to Perth in 1984.
Haskell is a poet, editor, critic and academic. He has been an editor of the literary magazine Westerly since 1985, was for three years the poetry critic for the ABC's Books and Writing programme, and has published numerous collections of poetry. Haskell has been Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia. He was chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board from 2009 to 2011.
Haskell's poetic style has been described as 'observant, fluent and accessible'. Finding poetry in the 'ordinary', his verse explores the nuances of interpersonal relationships, new environments and domestic life. As well as his collections of poetry, Haskell's books include studies of John Keats, Kenneth Slessor and Australian poetic satire.
For works not individually indexed on AustLit, see Notes below.
'Seeing Eye to I: The Power of Asian Literatures', Asialink Essays, Vol. 2 No.6 (December 2010).
'"we … head back to English": Anglophone lyric in Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines', Asiatic, Vol. 9, No. 1 (June 2015).
"'People, traffic and concrete': Perceptions of the City in Modern Singaporean Poetry', Perceiving Other Worlds, ed. Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1991, 237-49.
'Asia in Australian Literature – Past and Present', Report of Asia-Pacific PEN Conference. Tokyo: Japan PEN Club, 1999, 28-32. (untraced)
'Sunburnt Country and Sweating Island: Representation of Heat in Australian and Singaporean Literature and Painting', Proceedings of Conference of Comparative Literature Association of Republic of China, 2004. (untraced)
'Ahead of Us is Haskell’s eighth book of poetry. Dedicated to his wife Rhonda, who lost her battle with cancer after a long illness, Ahead of Us contains poems of love, of two people forging a partnership together and of the inevitable end of that partnership when one person dies.
'It is a celebration of life and and of the fragile thread that holds us here.' (Publication summary)