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Barry Westburg Barry Westburg i(A6701 works by) (a.k.a. Barry Richard Westburg)
Born: Established: 1938 Des Moines, Iowa,
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1975
Heritage: American
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Barry Westburg was born in Iowa, in the United States and moved to California as a child. He worked in a variety of jobs including as a postman, salesman, car park attendant, security patrolman and removalist until his appointment as a statistician on the Apollo moon rocket project in the 1960s. He completed his PhD at Cornell University and arrived in Australia in the mid-1970s to teach in the English Department at Adelaide University. As an academic, Westburg has published on Charles Dickens, including The Confessional Fictions of Charles Dickens (1977) and Edgar Allan Poe.

Westburg was a founding member of Friendly Street Poets and remained involved for 17 years, editing several collections with the group. He was Chair of the South Australian Writers' Centre and Fiction Editor with the Southern Review. In addition to writing novels, short stories and poetry, Westburg is an essayist.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Universitas (from 'A Partial Description of the Territories') 1991 single work short story
— Appears in: Northern Perspective , Wet Season vol. 14 no. 2 1991; (p. 42-45)
1990 commended Northern Territory Literary Awards Arafura Short Story Award Open Section
In the Maize 1986 single work short story
— Appears in: Quadrant , January-February vol. 30 no. 1-2 1986; (p. 115-117) Coast to Coast : Recent Australian Prose Writing 1986; (p. 8-15) Wingwalking 1988; (p. 25-32) Rage of Angels : Expatriate Tales 1998; (p. 1-7)
1985 Highly Commended Northern Territory Literary Awards Arafura Short Story Awards Open Section

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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