Stuart Cooke is a senior lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies. His awards include the Gwen Harwood and the Dorothy Porter poetry prizes, an Asialink Fellowship to the Philippines, and funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, and he has received residential fellowships from Omi International Arts Centre (USA), Hawthornden Castle (UK) and Arteles Creative Centre (Finland), among others. Stuart's research interests span creative practice and scholarship. He publishes poetry and creative nonfiction, and has translated a wide variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian and Latin American poets. His scholarship focuses on poetry and poetics, particularly eco- and ethno-poetics, within the broad, interdisciplinary fields of Indigenous studies, critical animal studies and the environmental humanities.


Work: (07) 3735 4884



Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University/Australian National University, 2012

Honours in Creative Writing (Class 1), University of Technology, Sydney, 2004

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and in International Studies, University of Technology, Sydney, 2003



Cooke, S. (in press) ‘Lyre’ (UWA Publishing: Perth).

Cooke, S. (2016) Opera (Five Islands Press: Melbourne).

Cooke, S. (2013) Departure into Cloud (Vagabond Press: Sydney). [limited edition chapbook]

Cooke, S. (2011) Edge Music (IP: Brisbane).

Cooke, S. (2010) Corrosions (Vagabond Press: Sydney). [limited edition chapbook]


Cooke, S. (2013) Speaking the Earth’s Languages: a theory for Australian-Chilean postcolonial poetics (Rodopi: Amsterdam & New York).


Siccardi, G. (2018) The Blackbird (Vagabond Press: Sydney & Tokyo).

Cooke, S. (2014) George Dyuŋgayan’s Bulu Line: a West Kimberley song cycle (Puncher & Wattmann: Sydney).

Garrido-Salgado, J. (2007) Eleven Poems, September 1973 (Picaro Press: Warner’s Bay).


Cooke, S. (2018) ‘Blocks of Space, Strings of Body: entries into ecological fields’, in Cutler, A. (Ed.), Were X a Tree: glosses on Peter Larkin, <>

Cooke, S. (2017) ‘Non-Local Localities: trans-Pacific connections between Aboriginal and Mapuche poetry’, in Samuels, L. & Nakayasu, S. (Eds.), TransPacfic Poetics: an anthology (Litmus Press: New York), 127-147.

Cooke, S. (2013) ‘Tracing a Trajectory from Songpoetry to Contemporary Aboriginal Poetry.’ In Wheeler, B. (Ed.), A Critical Companion to Aboriginal Literature (Camden House: New York), 89-106.


Cooke, S. (in press) 'Towards an Ethological Poetics: the transgression of genre and the poetry of the Albert’s lyrebird', Environmental Humanities

Cooke, S. (2018) ‘Indigenous Poetics and Transcultural Ecologies’, Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, 20 (1): 1-32.

Cooke, S. (2017) ‘The Songs of Others: contemporary poetics and the more-than-human’, Plumwood Mountain: an Australian journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, 4 (1), <>.

Cooke, S. (2016) ‘Fire was in the Reptile’s Mouth: towards a trans-cultural ecological poetics’, Landscapes: journal of the international centre for landscape and language, 7 (1): 1-18.

Cooke, S. (2015) ‘Unsettling Sight: Judith Wright’s journey into history and ecology on Mt. Tamborine’, Queensland Review, 22 (2): 191-201.

Cooke, S. (2014) ‘Country Escaping Line in the Poetry of Philip Hodgins’, Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 14 (3): 1-10.

Cooke, S. (2013) ‘What’s an Ecologically Sensitive Poetics? Song, breath and ecology in Southern Chile.’ Australasian Journal of Ecocriticism and Cultural Ecology, 3: 92-102.

Cooke, S. (2013) ‘Revised Thoughts as/on Cumulus’, Southerly, 73 (2): 23-41.

Rose, D. B., Van Dooren, T., Churlew, M., Cooke, S., Kearnes, M. & O'Gorman, E (2012) ‘Thinking Through the Environment, Unsettling the Humanities’, Environmental Humanities, 1: 1-5.

Rose, D. B., Cooke, S. & van Dooren, T. (2011) ‘Ravens at Play’, Cultural Studies Review, 17 (2): 326-343.

Cooke, S. (2011) ‘Echo-Coherence: moving away from dwelling’, Cultural Studies Review, 17 (1): 230-246.

Cooke, S. (2010) ‘Orpheus in the New World: poetry and landscape in Australia and Chile’, Antipodes: the North American journal of Australian literature, 24 (2): 143-150.

Cooke, S. (2010) ‘Two Mapuche Poets (translation and introduction)’, HEAT (22): 45-62.

Cooke, S. (2008) ‘Singing Up Country in the Poetry of Judith Wright and Pablo Neruda’, Australian Literary Studies, 23 (4): 408-421.

Cooke, S. (2007) ‘Eventing: wandering through the physiology of Australian narrative’, Antipodes: the North American journal of Australian literature, 21 (2): 117-122.


Morrissey, P. & Healy, C. (2018) Reading the Country: 30 years on (CSR Books: Sydney).

Holland-Batt, S. (2017) The Best Australian Poems 2017 (Black Inc.: Melbourne).

Rothenberg, J. (2017) Technicians of the Sacred: revised edition (University of California Press: Berkeley, USA).

Skilbeck-Porter, E. (2017), New Shoots Poetry Anthology: poetry inspired by plants (Red Room Company: Sydney).

Holland-Batt, S. (2016) The Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc.: Melbourne).

Langford, M., Beveridge, J., Johnson, J. & Musgrave, D. (2016) Contemporary Australian Poetry (Puncher & Wattmann: Sydney).

Benjamin, D. & Stancek, C. (2016) Active Aesthetics: contemporary Australian poetry (Tuumba & Giramondo: Berkeley, USA & Atarmon).

Disney, D. & Kelen, K. (2016) Writing to the Wire (University of Western Australia Press: Perth).

Minter, P. (2013) Proteaceae <>.

Tredinnick, M. (2013) Australian Love Poems 2013 (Inkermann & Blunt, Melbourne).

Gould, G. & Boland, L. (2011) Triptych Poets: Issue Two (Blemish Books: Canberra).

Bradstock, M. (2011) Antipodes: poetic responses (Phoenix Education: Putney).

Adamson, R. (2010.) The Best Australian Poems 2010 (Black Inc.: Melbourne).

Adamson, R. (2010) The Best Australian Poems 2009 (Black Inc.: Melbourne).


Cooke, S. (2017) ‘A Tab of LSD Was in My Wallet’, Coldnoon: international journal of travel writing & travelling cultures, <>.

Cooke, S. (2016) ‘Echoes of Gondwana: a case of botanical and human separations and reconnections’, Meanjin, 75 (1): 142-149.

Cooke, S. (2013) ‘A Poetics of Strays’, Australian Poetry Journal, 3 (1): 94-104.

Cooke, S. (2008) ‘Haarlem Retrospect’, Overland, 191: 69-70.

Cooke, S. (2007) ‘One Night with Chinta’, Meanjin, 66 (1): 159-170.


Cooke, S. (2014) ‘The Case for Gularabulu by Paddy Roe’, The Conversation, <>.

Cooke, S. (2014) ‘Imaginings Connect to the Wider World’, The Australian, July 17.

Cooke, S. (2012) ‘Poet Jose Kozer's Sustained Search for Revelation’, The Australian, February 25.


Cooke, S. (2017) ‘What Are the Animals Saying?’, Plumwood Mountain: an Australian journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, 4 (2).

Cooke, S. & Minter, P. (2015) ‘Martin Harrison Special Issue and Archive’, Plumwood Mountain: an Australian journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics, <>.

Cooke, S. (2014) ‘Deviations’, Rabbit: a journal for non-fiction poetry, 14.

Cooke, S. (2013) ‘The Centre Cannot Hold: six contemporary Filipino poets’, Cordite Poetry Review, <>.

Cooke, S. (2008) ‘Cordite 29: Pastoral’, Cordite Poetry Review, <>.


2018: Griffith AEL Research Grant (‘Working with the Humedal Antiñir: transcultural, poetic ethnography in southern Chile’, $6661)

2015: Griffith AEL Research Grant (‘Crossing Cultures with Song: Spoken and sung poetics and indigenous identity in contemporary Chile’, $9 800)

2014: Griffith New Researcher Grant (‘Glocal Poetics: a creative framework for cross-ecological translation’, $10 000)

2013: Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant for Emerging Writers ($40 000)

2008: Arts ACT New Work Grant ($4500)


2019: Residential Fellowship, Arteles Creative Center, Hämeenkyrö, Finland

2019: Residential Fellowship, Bundanon Trust, New South Wales

2018: Residential Fellowship, Varuna Writers’ House, New South Wales

2017: Residential Fellowship, Omi International Arts Centre, New York, USA

2016: Poet-in-Residence, RMIT University, Melbourne

2015: Visiting Fellow, Facultad de Humanidades, Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015: Residential Fellowship, Centre d'Art i Natura de Farrera, Spain

2014: Residential Fellowship, Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers, Scotland

2012: Asialink Fellowship, De La Salle University, Philippines ($12 000)

2009: Residential Fellowship, Varuna Writers’ House, NSW


2017: Shortlisted, Newcastle Poetry Prize

2016: Winner, Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize

2016: Winner, New Shoots Poetry Prize

2016: Shortlisted, Newcastle Poetry Prize

2012: Winner, Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize

2011: Shortlisted, Newcastle Poetry Prize



Geopoetics: relations with the earth, April 26. Featuring Associate Professors Warwick Mules and Grayson Cooke (SCU)


Open Homes: new directions in contemporary poetics, August 6. Featuring Dr John Ryan (University of New England) & Angela Gardner (independent).


(with Dr Peter Denney) Literary Environments: place, planet & translation, July 17-19. Keynote speakers: Professor Alan Bewell (University of Toronto, Canada), Professor Ursula Heise (University of California, Los Angeles, USA), Professor Stephen Muecke (University of Adelaide), Professor Jerome Rothenberg (University of California, San Diego USA).


Feminist Poetics, Intimacy and the Media, December 12. Featuring Dr Alison Winch (University of East Anglia, UK).

Juggling Interdisciplinarity: a research student workshop, November 24. Featuring Assoc. Professor Pat Wise (Griffith University).


Transcultural Ecological Poetics, October 18. Featuring Dr Peter Minter (University of Sydney).



Invited participant, Writing from the South: writers in conversation, April 10-12, State Library of NSW, convened by JM Coetzee and Gail Jones.


International Guest, 2018 International Literary Writing Program of Jilin, China, October 8-21.

‘Working with the Humedal Antiñir: transcultural, poetic ethnography in southern Chile’, English and Creative Writing Seminar Series, University of Adelaide, October 5.

'Transculturalism and Translocalism in the South’, Writing and Society Research Centre Seminar Series, Western Sydney University, August 17.

(Representing the Australian Academy of the Humanities) ‘Translating an Oral Tradition: challenges, possibilities and resistance’, Oral and Written Literature and Beyond: Chinese and Australian Ethnic and Aboriginal Literature, Guizhou Minzu University, Guiyang, China, July 27-28.

Poetry reading, Molasses Books, New York City, USA, April 6.


Poetry reading, Chopin Theatre, Chicago, USA, November 5.

Poetry reading, KGB Bar, New York City, USA, October 22.

Poetry reading, Poets House, New York City, USA, October 3.

'Aboriginal Oral Poetics: an introduction’, 2017 Australian Academy of the Humanities – Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences Literature Symposium, University of Queensland, September 4-5.


‘Ethological Poetics and the Albert’s Lyrebird’, Speculative Ethologies, Curtin University, December 1-3.

‘Four Ways of Understanding Place’ (undergraduate lecture), Queensland University of Technology, September 17.

(Keynote address) ‘Australian Bricolage’, Active Aesthetics: contemporary Australian poetry, University of California, Berkeley, USA, April 15.

Poetry reading, Active Aesthetics: contemporary Australian poetry. ‘What is Voice?’ (undergraduate lecture), RMIT University, April 4.


‘Trans-species Poetics: crossing cultures into the poetics of the Albert’s Lyrebird’, Transcultural Ecopoetics: decolonising Australian landscape poetry, University of Sydney, November 29.


(Keynote address) ‘Two Stories of Fire: transcultural ecopoetics’, Green Education Festival, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, October 24.

‘The New Environmental Poetry’, Apoetic Poetry Festival, NSW Writers’ Centre, June 30.

‘Bursting (back) to Life: some thoughts on the translation of Aboriginal Songpoetry’, Experimental Ethnographies, Broome, April 20.


Poetry reading, Translating Environments, Manila, Philippines, May 5.

(Keynote address) ‘Anaphora: a poetics of sound’, IYAS National Young Writers’ Workshop, Bacolod, Philippines, April 29.

‘Poems on the Edge: some thoughts about contemporary Australian poetics’, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, March 28.


International Guest, International Poetry Festival, Granada, Nicaragua, February 7-14.



Chair of judging panel for Judith Wright Calanthe Poetry Prize at 2018 Queensland Literary Awards.

Member of selection committee for 2019 Residential Fellowships at Varuna Writers’ House.

Co-judge (with Dr Jessica Wilkinson) of Venie Holmgren Environmental Poetry Prize.


Co-judge (with Assoc. Prof. Sarah Holland Batt & Assoc. Prof. Maria Takolander) of Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize.


Editorial Board member, Plumwood Mountain: an Australian journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics,  <>.


Editorial Board member, Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry, <>.


Founding Editor, Environmental Humanities, <>.


Chloë Callistemon, ‘The Role of Emotion and Aesthetics in Multimedia Poetry' (creative project with exegesis).

Ameer Chasib Furaih, ‘Black Poetics, Black Politics: Poetry of the Civil Rights Movements in Australia and the United States, 1960-1980.’

Giulia Lepori, ‘Popular Ecological Imaginaries: Literary Actors of Sustainable Change.’

Alexandra McCallum, ‘Wednesday: The novel, urban landscapes and mythicity’ (creative project with exegesis).

Moira Sheppard, ‘Historical & Contemporary Representations of Animals in Literature.’

Anne Stuart, ‘Climate Change and Ecopoetry.’