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Dennis Haskell Dennis Haskell i(A10802 works by)
Also writes as: Don Fiberness
Born: Established: 1948 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Dennis Haskell has a background in accountancy, and gained a Ph.D in literature from the University of Sydney in 1982. He began teaching English in 1973, and moved to Perth in 1984.

Haskell is a poet, editor, critic and academic. He has been an editor of the literary magazine Westerly since 1985, was for three years the poetry critic for the ABC's Books and Writing programme, and has published numerous collections of poetry. Haskell has been Professor of English and Chair of the Academic Board at the University of Western Australia. He was chair of the Australia Council's Literature Board from 2009 to 2011.

Haskell's poetic style has been described as 'observant, fluent and accessible'. Finding poetry in the 'ordinary', his verse explores the nuances of interpersonal relationships, new environments and domestic life. As well as his collections of poetry, Haskell's books include studies of John Keats, Kenneth Slessor and Australian poetic satire.

For works not individually indexed on AustLit, see Notes below.

Most Referenced Works


  • Additional Works:

    • 'Seeing Eye to I: The Power of Asian Literatures', Asialink Essays, Vol. 2 No.6 (December 2010).
    • '"we … head back to English": Anglophone lyric in Hong Kong, Singapore and The Philippines', Asiatic, Vol. 9, No. 1 (June 2015).
    • "'People, traffic and concrete': Perceptions of the City in Modern Singaporean Poetry', Perceiving Other Worlds, ed. Edwin Thumboo. Singapore: Times Academic Press, 1991, 237-49.
    • 'Asia in Australian Literature – Past and Present', Report of Asia-Pacific PEN Conference. Tokyo: Japan PEN Club, 1999, 28-32. (untraced)
    • 'Sunburnt Country and Sweating Island: Representation of Heat in Australian and Singaporean Literature and Painting', Proceedings of Conference of Comparative Literature Association of Republic of China, 2004. (untraced)

Personal Awards

2011 ASAL Awards A.A. Phillips Award For his 'long period of excellence in the editing of Westerly'.
1990 recipient Harold White Fellowships

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Ahead of Us Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2016 8829769 2016 selected work poetry

'Ahead of Us is Haskell’s eighth book of poetry. Dedicated to his wife Rhonda, who lost her battle with cancer after a long illness, Ahead of Us contains poems of love, of two people forging a partnership together and of the inevitable end of that partnership when one person dies.

'It is a celebration of life and and of the fragile thread that holds us here.' (Publication summary)

2017 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon All the Time in the World Cambridge : Salt Publishing , 2006 Z1254951 2006 selected work poetry
2006 winner Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Poetry
y separately published work icon Attuned to Alien Moonlight : The Poetry of Bruce Dawe St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2002 Z969127 2002 single work criticism 'Dennis Haskell argues that the widespread view of Dawe as a social satirist is limiting, and that Dawe is a more imaginative and lyrical poet than he has been given credit for...'
2003 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Gleebooks Prize for Literary or Cultural Criticism
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