This is the website of the poet, novelist, critic and playwright Ali Alizadeh.
Ali will be taking part at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival, in August 2014. For information about his sessions see here.
Ali’s latest book, a work of fiction titled Transactions, was published in July 2013 and has been long-listed for the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award. It is a cycle of interconnected stories, described by one critic as “beautifully twisted” and by other critics as an “uncompromisingly frank narrative” and “a remarkable work.”
Ali’s work was the subject of an ABC Radio National Poetica program in November 2013.
Ali’s last book was the collection of poetry Ashes in the Air, published in 2011. It contains poems written during Ali’s travels in China, the Middle East and Europe, on themes ranging from parenthood to political violence, mortality to globalisation, philosophy to immigration. It was named as one of the best books of the year in The Australian and was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, Poetry.
Ali is also the author of Iran: My Grandfather, a fusion of history, fiction and memoir (Transit Lounge, 2010), named as one of the best books of the year in The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and shortlisted for a 2011 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.
His other books include the novel The New Angel (2008); three books of poetry: Eyes in Times of War (2006), Fifty Poems of Attar (with Kenneth Avery, 2007) and eliXir: a story in poetry (2002); and the anthology of poetry Six Vowels and Twenty Three Consonants: An Anthology of Persian Poetry from Rudaki to Langroodi (edited and translated with John Kinsella, 2012.)
The themes of Ali’s writing include dissent, history and philosophy. His work has elicited strong responses, ranging from “eclectic, passionate and compelling” and “a talent to watch” to “headache provoking” and “a shame”.
Ali is also a Lecturer in Creative Writing at Monash University — see his staff profile here.
Please use the Pages links on the right-hand side to read more about Ali and his writing.