AustLit logo
Myron Lysenko Myron Lysenko i(A12260 works by) (a.k.a. Myron Orest Lysenko)
Born: Established: 1952 Heyfield, Heyfield - Rosedale area, Central Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Myron Lysenko was born of Ukrainian parents who arrived at Bonegilla from near Lvov after World War II. He completed his education at St Paul's Primary School and Newlands High School in Coburg, Melbourne. Following this Lysenko worked at various jobs ranging from stage hand for the Australian Ballet and set hand with Crawford Productions to landscape gardener and factory hand.

In the early 1980s Lysenko co-wrote two plays, 'I'll Do Anything' and 'Dialogue with Typewriters', that were performed by The Plaster Cast in Melbourne in 1984. In the same year he began conducting writing workshops in Pentridge Gaol. He has continued to offer such workshops in schools, libraries and community centres. In late 1986 Lysenko took eighteen months off work from his job with Telecom in order to concentrate fully on his writing. He moved to Captain's Flat, New South Wales, where he completed his first collection of poetry, Coughing with Confidence (1988).

In 1989 Lysenko was writer-in-residence at Cleeland High School in Dandenong. During that year he wrote that his poetry was 'concerned with self-destructive urges of a young generation, trapped within the menace and tensions of living thru the late 1980s. The poems are topped with humour and self-mockery' (La Mama Poetica, 1989).

Lysenko has been a member of the Victorian Writers Centre, the New South Wales Poets Union, the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Canberra branch), PEN International, the Multicultural Arts Organisation and the Fringe Network. His work has been read on radio stations 3CR, 3RRR, 3EA, 2CN, 2XX, 2SER, ABC National and 5UV and as a performance poet he has read many times at events such as La Mama Poetica, Harold Park Hotel, Sydney, the Spoleto Festivals, the Picollo Spoleto Festivals, Adelaide Writers' Weeks, the Tasmanian Poetry Festival and at Montsalvat.

A poet, short story writer, dramatist and editor, Lysenko was also co-founder and co-editor (with Kevin Brophy) of Going Down Swinging and he has been a co-director of the Montsalvat National Poetry Festival.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Winning and Losing i "After seven years of high school", 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Five Bells , February vol. 5 no. 1 1998; (p. 10-11)
1997 joint winner Australian Sports Poet Award Open Section Award shared with Adam Aitken, To a Runner Dressed in Black : (Waverley Cemetery)
Start of the Season i "It's the start of the season,", 1996 single work poetry
— Appears in: Five Bells , March vol. 3 no. 2 1996; (p. 8)
1995 third Australian/Olympic Sports Poet Award

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
Last amended 9 Feb 2006 11:43:41
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: