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Ron Pretty Ron Pretty i(A6444 works by) (a.k.a. Ronald Keith Pretty)
Born: Established: 1940 ;
Gender: Male
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Poet and teacher Ron Pretty graduated from the University of Sydney with an Honours degree in History in 1967. He then taught mentally disabled students at Strathfield before teaching English and History at Casino High School. Pretty had his first taste of teaching creative writing while editing the school magazine. In 1969-1970 he taught at the Strategakis School of English at Serrai in Northern Greece. On returning to Australia Pretty completed a Master of Arts in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney and was appointed a lecturer at Wollongong Teachers' College and started teaching writing in WEA adult education courses. He has taught writing in schools, universities and writing groups in Australia, America, England and Austria.

In 1987 Pretty joined seven other lecturers, postgraduates and local writers in Wollongong in forming a publishing cooperative to promote book publication by its members. This was the origin of Five Island Press of which Pretty became Director. Between 1983 and 1998 he was Head of Writing in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Pretty was the editor of Scarp , a literary/arts magazine, from 1984 until its demise in 1999 and has been a founding member and Director of the Poetry Australia Foundation. He has also been Managing Editor of Blue Dog: Australian Poetry.

(Major source: Gina Mercer, 'What the Dance looks Like: A Conversation With Ron Pretty', LINQ 28.1 (May 2001): 9-16)

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 shortlisted Blake Poetry Prize for 'Being So Caught Up'.
2011 Australia Council Literature Board Grants Residencies $18,000 for a six-month residency at the Whiting Studio, Rome, 3 August 2012- 27 January 2013.
2002 Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For service to literature, particularly through the establishment of organisations to foster the promotion of Australian poetry.

Awards for Works

The Poetry of Money i "He joined the firm as a star, married his honey", 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: The Montreal International Poetry Prize : 2015 Longlist 2015;
2015 longlisted Montreal International Poetry Prize
Delenda est Carthago i "I too come from Carthage. I was there", 2011 single work poetry
— Appears in: 2011 Global Poetry Anthology : Montreal International Poetry Prize 2012; (p. 29)
2011 shortlisted Montreal International Poetry Prize
The Shoot i "Flick. Truly, there's too much to explain. It's all", 2010 single work poetry
— Appears in: Island , Winter no. 121 2010; (p. 87-89) Postcards from the Centre 2010; (p. 58-60)
2009 Highly Commended Gwen Harwood Memorial Poetry Prize
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