This is the website of the poet, novelist, critic and playwright Ali Alizadeh.
Ali’s new book, a work of fiction titled Transactions, was recently published by University of Queensland Press in July 2013. It is a cycle of interconnected stories, described by one critic as “beautifully twisted”. It has been described by another critic as an “uncompromisingly frank narrative,” “a challenging and surprising collection from a talented writer.”
Ali’s work is 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 by University of Queensland Press 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 has been 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 (Transit Lounge Publishing, 2008); three books of poetry: Eyes in Times of War (Salt Publishing, 2006), Fifty Poems of Attar (with Kenneth Avery, re.press, 2007) and eliXir: a story in poetry (Grendon Press, 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, Arc Publications, 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”. This is perhaps due to Ali’s treatment of controversial often political discourses, and his interest in cross-genre literary forms.
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.