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Anthony Macris Anthony Macris i(A31956 works by) (a.k.a. Tony Macris)
Born: Established: 1962 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Anthony Macris's short fiction has been published in major journals and anthologies in Australia, the United States, and Europe, and has been awarded numerous prizes, including the Penguin Best Short Story Prize 1988. In 1998 Macris was selected by the Sydney Morning Herald as one of their Australian Best Young Novelists. He is a regular contributor of reviews and articles to the Bulletin and the Sydney Morning Herald, and has been the recipient of numerous Australia Council grants.

Macris has studied in the United States and France, and holds degrees in philosophy (BA University of Sydney), creative writing (MA Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and UTS), and creative writing, materialist aesthetics and social theory (PhD UWS). His novel-in-progress, Capital Volume One, Part Two, was highly commended for the NSW Writers' Fellowship (2000). In 2001 he represented Australia at the 38th Belgrade International Meeting of Writers.

In 2018, he was Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Wollongong, where he had worked for some time.


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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Great Western Highway : A Love Story Capital, Volume One, Part Two Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2012 Z1044399 2012 single work novel Thirty-something Nick is walking down Parramatta Road's six lanes of thundering traffic to see his former girlfriend Penny for the first time since they agreed to be 'just friends'. By the novel's end, he is racing back up that same road so he does not lose her. Nick and Penny's awkward romance is played out against the backdrop of high capitalism and the rise of the digital age. Bombarded by advertisements, slogans, news, wars, politics and consumerism, just a little silence is hard to find. [from the back cover]
2000 Highly commended New South Wales Writer's Fellowship For the manuscript titled: Capital, Volume One, Part Two (a work-in-progress)
y separately published work icon When Horse Became Saw : A Family's Journey Through Autism Camberwell : Viking , 2011 Z1768846 2011 single work autobiography

'When Anthony Macris' son was diagnosed with autism, he and his partner Kathy had two choices: do what they were told - and could afford - or do what they thought best. This is the tragic, joyful, instructive story of how they confronted the condition that changed their lives.

'Before the onset of autism, Alex was a vibrant, healthy little boy, Anthony and Kathy the happiest of parents. Afterwards Alex was struck mute, barely able to recognise them. From then on, all that mattered was finding the right treatment.

'But how to do this, for a disorder with no known cause and no cure? Eventually Anthony and Kathy decided to take control of their son's therapy themselves, turning every aspect of their lives around in the process. It took a long time, but the radiance did return to Alex's face. By then he was a completely different person, and so were his parents.

'When Horse Became Saw is an extraordinary account of Alex's regression and his family's search for answers, an invaluable guide through the obstacles and decisions faced by anyone in their situation. It beautifully paints the emotional world of a father who finds himself in the strange country of autism - and something of a stranger in his own country, whose government refused to fund the therapy his son so desperately needed.

'Above all it enriches our understanding of those who are profoundly different yet have so much to give.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Non-Fiction
2011 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Non-Fiction Prize
y separately published work icon Capital Volume One St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1997 Z225666 1997 single work novel

'In a London Underground station during the build-up to peak hour: a penniless tourist, hefting an enormous backpack, is almost pushed off the crowded platform; an elderly woman craves a cigarette while staring at a government health warning; a pregnant mouse struggles to escape an oncoming train. In the tropical heat of suburban Brisbane: a lone schoolboy has a disconcerting experience while watching a film in a multiplex; three office workers mercilessly taunt a colleague; a father discusses with his young sons the morality of Stalin's starvation of the peasantry.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (2013 ed.)

1998 shortlisted Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
1998 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
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