David Stavanger

David Stavanger is a poet, performer, cultural producer, editor and former psychologist living on unceded Dharawal land. His first full-length poetry collection The Special (UQP, 2014) was awarded the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David co-directed Queensland Poetry Festival (2015-2017) and is a Senior Project Manager at Red Room Poetry including producing MAD Poetry. He is the co-editor of Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 Spoken, Rabbit 27 Tense and SOLID AIR: Collected Australian & New Zealand Spoken Word (UQP, 2019.) His latest collection Case Notes (UWAP, 2020) won the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. David is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated spoken weird artist Ghostboy and helped establish poetry slam in Australia.

Books by David Stavanger

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