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Ross Clark Ross Clark i(A29205 works by) (a.k.a. Ross Colin Clark)
Also writes as: Rhys Burley Clark ; Ashley Clarkson
Born: Established: 1953 Toowoomba, Toowoomba area, Darling Downs, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Ross Clark is the elder child of Colin Clark and Maisie (nee Burley). The family lived in small communities where his father was teaching until 1963, when they moved to Brisbane. Clark attended Mt Gravatt State High School (1966-70) and the University of Queensland (BA Engl Hons 1974; Dip Ed 1975). He was a secondary teacher between 1975 and 1997, with intervals as educational editor/journalist, writer-in-residence, and freelance writer. Since then he has worked at a variety of casual jobs, including sessional teaching at the University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology, from 2000. He has had a few academic papers published.

Clark has frequently given live performances of his poetry, both as a solo performer and with his trio, 'The Bodgie Bards'. Clark was editor and publisher of the SweetWater Poets series and one of the editors/publishers of The Border Issue (1980-1985) to which he also contributed. He has co-edited Paper Wasp: a journal of Haiku (1994-). He writes short stories as Rhys Burley Clark, children's and teens' poetry as Ashley Clarkson. In 1976 Clark married Vicki Turner-Jones (d 1990), the sister of Jan Turner-Jones (q.v). Clark has two daughters (born in 1977 and 1980).

Clark has engaged in various roles in cultural life, including membership of the Warana Writers' Week Committee (1986-1995) and the Queensland Poetry Festival Committee (2004-05).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2014 shortlisted Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry For unpublished poem 'The Moon My Constant Mistress'.
2004 winner Johnno Award
2003 Centenary Medal For distinguished service to poetry

Awards for Works

The Death of Jazz i "Lightning has struck the first chord", 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Extempore , November no. 5 2010; (p. 68)
2010 winner National Jazz Writing Competition
Danger: Lantana i "Was I hoping to find my way to the creek, loud", 2008 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 299 2008; (p. 43) The Best Australian Poems 2008 2008; (p. 20-21)
2008 winner Peter Porter Poetry Prize Prize known as the ABR Poetry Prize in 2008.
Full-Bucket Moon i "Dawn and dusk I milk my", 2006 single work poetry
— Appears in: Idiom 23 , November vol. 18 no. 2006; (p. 100) Australian Book Review , March no. 289 2007; (p. 38) The Best Australian Poems 2007 2007; (p. 15-16) The Best Australian Poetry 2008 2008; (p. 21-22)
2007 shortlisted Peter Porter Poetry Prize Prize known as the ABR Poetry Prize in 2007.
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