Who am I?

My name is David Prater. Hai.

I’m an Australian-born writer, editor and researcher currently living and working in Stockholm, Sweden.

Over the past two decades my poetry has been published in a range of Australian and international journals and anthologies. In addition my prose and reviews have appeared in numerous outlets.

A photograph of me sitting on the top of a mountain near the Hyang Il-am temple outside Yeosu, Republic of Korea, in 2009, during my second Asialink residency.

I hold a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney (1993), an MA (English) from the University of Melbourne (2004) and a PhD from Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne (2010).

My MA thesis, a novella, concerns the invention of marzipan. My PhD thesis, an exegesis coupled with an artefact, is an exploration of self-publishing in Australian poetry.

In 2000 I self-published my first book of poems, The Happy Farang, dealing with the adventures of a tourist in Thailand and Laos. A second, Abendland, about a traveller in the USA and Europe, was self-published in 2006. Vagabond Press published a third, Morgenland, in 2007.

My debut poetry collection We Will Disappear was published by Soi3 (Papertiger Media) in August 2007, and was launched at the Melbourne Writers Festival and the Queensland Poetry Festival in that year. My second full-length collection Leaves of Glass, was published by Puncher and Wattmann in 2013.

In 2004 I received a New Work grant from the Australia Council for the Arts which allowed me to complete the manuscript for We Will Disappear. In 2005 I undertook a four-month Asialink residency at Sogang University, Seoul, where I wrote a series of fictions about ‘imaginary cities’ in PC bangs (internet gaming rooms) and the poems that would eventually be published as Morgenland. In 2007 I received a New Work grant from Arts Victoria, which enabled me to write the poems collected in Leaves of Glass. In 2009 I returned to Seoul for a second Asialink residency, hosted by the Korea Language Translation Institute.

My poetry has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Swedish and has appeared in several haiku anthologies. My work has been been profiled in the Japanese literature magazine Shueisha.

I have been invited to perform at numerous Australian writers’ festivals including the National Young Writers Festival (2000, 2002, 2007), the Next Wave Festival (1994, 1998, 2002), the Emerging Writers Festival (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007), the Melbourne Writers Festival (2004, 2007), the Overload Poetry Festival (2003, 2004), the Queensland Poetry Festival (2007) and the St Kilda Writers Festival (2005, 2006).

I have also performed my work in London, New York City, Sofia (Bulgaria), Ten’ri (Japan), Seoul (ROK), Amsterdam (the Netherlands), Utrecht (the Netherlands), Montreal (Canada), Stockholm (Sweden) and Struga (Macedonia).

My poem ‘In a Dim Sea Nation’ was included in Best Australian Poetry 2003 (UQP). In 2011, my poem ‘Cute’ was selected in Best Australian Poems 2011 (Black Inc.), and five poems were anthologised in Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011).

Between 2001 and 2012, I was the Managing Editor of Cordite Poetry Review, an Internet poetry journal funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. I produced 30 full issues of the magazine, plus 10 mini-issues, with a focus on innovative new works by a diverse range of emerging and established Australian poets.

I have extensive experience as a creative writing tutor at the tertiary level, having taught in the Department of English at the University of Melbourne between 2003 and 2004; as a guest lecturer at Sogang University (Seoul) in 2005; and in 2007 as a workshop convener, tutor and lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology.

Since 2001 I have maintained a series of creative websites at various addresses, the contents of which have now been amalgamated on this site. D/DN contains over 1,000 posts, including more than 300 poems, over 100 prose pieces, records from my residencies in Seoul, details of my publications as well as news, photos and other ephemera.

In addition to my experience as a creative writer, I have over a decade of experience as an editor and have also been employed in a variety of educational, policy and research settings. I have also worked in various capacities as a copywriter, milk boy, storeman, kitchen hand, dishwasher, electoral roll review officer, bar person and interviewer.