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Alex Skovron (1948 – )

Alex Skovron, photo courtesy the author Alex Skovron, photo courtesy the author

Alex Skovron was born in 1948 in Chorzów, near Katowice, Poland. He left Poland with his parents in late 1956, and lived for more than a year in Israel before arriving in Australia in March 1958. He attended Randwick Boys' High School in Sydney, then completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree at the University of New South Wales, and an MA in Government at the University of Sydney. After graduating from university, he took up an editorial position with the Australian Encyclopaedia (Grolier), later becoming general editor of the Concise Encyclopaedia of Australia (Horwitz). He moved to Melbourne in 1979, working as an educational editor for Macmillan, and subsequently as a senior editor with Hutchinson, Dent and Houghton Miffllin. More recently, he has worked as a freelance editor. He is married with two children.

Skovron began writing poetry in the late 1960s, but only started publishing his work in the early 1980s. His first collection, The Rearrangement (1988), attracted a great deal of critical attention for its complex and innovative formal organisation, and won both the FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award and the ASAL Mary Gilmore Award for the best first book of poetry. Skovron has since published a further four poetry collections; each has again demonstrated his intricate thematic patterning and command of poetic form. He has also published a novella, The Poet (2005).

Poetry Collections

  • The Rearrangement. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988.
  • Sleeve Notes. Sydney: Hale & Iremonger and Golvan Arts, 1992.
  • Infinite City: 100 Sonnetinas. Wollongong, NSW: Five Island Press, 1999.
  • Chess and other Poems. Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2002.
  • The Man and the Map. Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 2003.
  • Autographs: 56 Poems in Prose. Ormond, Vic.: Hybird, 2008.

Suggested Further Reading

  • Peter Boyle, [untitled review of Infinite City], Cordite Poetry Review no.6-7 (2000), http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/14234/20010621/cordite.org.au/06-07/index.html
  • Paul Magee, 'Is Poetry Research?' Text: the Journal of Australian Association of Writing Programs 13.2 (2009) http://www.textjournal.com.au/oct09/magee.htm
  • Geoff Page, 'Biding Its Time,' Australian Book Review no.256 (2003), p. 57.
  • Michael Sharkey, 'Rearranging the Familiar,' Fine Line no.5 (1989), pp. 68-72.
  • Amanda Wilson, 'Alex Skovron: An Intelligent Conversation,' Australian Book Review no. 149 (2003), pp. 44-45.