Paul Hetherington has extensive professional experience in the field of creative writing and in related academic and professional activities. He is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra and Head of International Poetry Studies (IPSI) there.
He has published nine full-length collections of poetry, and Six Different Windows won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards (poetry). He was a finalist in the 2014 international Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition (poetry), shortlisted for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and shortlisted for the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize. In 2002 he was the recipient of a Chief Minister’s ACT Creative Arts Fellowship and he was awarded one of two places on the 2012 Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland. In 2014 he was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Residency in the BR Whiting Studio in Rome.
He has written articles, essays and reviews on literary and cultural matters, including the use of new technologies and ways of providing access to cultural materials, and has an abiding interest in the visual arts and its relationship to poetry.
He is a former Director of Publications and Events at the National Library of Australia and edited the final three volumes of the National Library of Australia’s four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend. He is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations.