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Philip Neilsen Philip Neilsen i(A9898 works by) (a.k.a. Philip Max Neilsen)
Born: Established: 1949 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Neilsen holds a Ph.D. from The University of Queensland, where he also began his teaching career. In 1996, he founded the creative writing program at the Queensland University of Technology, where he is Adjunct Professor in the Creative Industries faculty. He has been a novelist, short story writer and editor but has been primarily interested in poetry, which has been published in several journals and anthologies. Neilsen has also been chairman of Brisbane's Warana Writer's Week. He was the editor of Dotlit: the on-line journal of creative writing.

Most Referenced Works


  • Philip Neilsen's surname has frequently been misspelt as 'Neilson'.

Personal Awards

2018 third prize Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition for Genetics
2017 shortlisted The Fair Australia Prize Poetry Prize For 'Impediments to a Fair Future in Three Movements'.

Awards for Works

The Art of Flying i "The sky had asked no questions", 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Verity La , September 2018;
2018 winner Queensland Poetry Festival Awards Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Poetry Award
y separately published work icon Wildlife of Berlin Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2018 12947828 2018 selected work poetry

'Neilsen’s intelligent, searching, and relentlessly contemporary poems in Wildlife of Berlin reveal a poet whose chief interest is transforming and challenging the way we see our human position in a world under ecological and ideological threat. At once philosophical and conversational, deadly serious and unerringly wry, these poems offer us forensically clear-eyed perspectives on subjects ranging from environmental degradation and the impending collapse of fragile ecosystems in the anthropocene, to unconventional and irreverent portraits of figures drawn from literature and politics and beyond. Neilsen’s poems are miraculously both deeply ethical and deeply comic; they surprise and delight with the irreverence of their critiques, while always keeping an eye on the tragic consequences of human folly. Above all, they ask us to sit still, to pay attention, to re-examine our basic precepts with equal measures of reason, wit, imagination and empathy. Wildlife of Berlin is a superbly crafted, incisive and urgent collection of new work from one of Australia’s most original poets, and deserving of the wide audience I am sure it will find. These are necessary poems for incendiary times.

- Sarah Holland-Batt'  (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Rock and Roll Has to Die 1999 single work short story horror young adult
— Appears in: Dark House : Stories Compiled by Gary Crew 1999; (p. 105-127)
1995 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Best Short Story

Known archival holdings

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