About Peter

Peter Mitchell came into this world in 1957 in metropolitan Sydney and spent his formative years in the lower Hunter Valley between rural Maitland and industrial Newcastle. Now residing in Lismore in Bundajalung Country (NSW), he is the author of the poetry chapbook, The Scarlet Moment (Picaro Press, 2009) and crafts poetry, short fiction, memoir, literary criticism and a range of journalism.

His writing has been and is published in international and national print and online journals, magazines and anthologies. His poetry has been published in Verity la, Eureka Street, Landscapes, Windfall: Australian haiku, New England Review and Eucalypt: a tanka journal, among others. His short fiction has appeared in Pure Slush, Campaign and the Newsletter of the Canberra Science Fiction Society.  His memoir has been published in Meanjin and capital Q.

Refereed papers have appeared in Australian Literary Studies, Southerly and Landscapes while his book reviews are published in Cordite Poetry Review, International Journal of Multicultural Literature, Overland, Australian Book Review and New England Review, among other magazines and newspapers. A range of journalism was published in community press newspapers like Campaign and the Sydney Star Observer.

He has been awarded numerous awards, fellowships, residencies and grants.  In 2001, he was awarded an Emerging Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writer’s Centre in Greenmount (WA), concentrating on memoir. A recipient of the 2014 Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry (Varuna Writers' Centre, Katoomba), he is presently writing his cross-genre memoir, Fragments of the Lurgi on an Artist with Disability grant (Australia Council).


2001     Post-Graduate Bachelor of Arts with 11A Honours (English), University of Queensland.
Thesis: ‘Bearing Witness: The Writing of Gary Dunne’
1990 Diploma of Education (Secondary), University of Sydney
1988 Bachelor of Arts (Communication), University of Technology, Sydney