Anthony Macris

Anthony Macris is the author of three works of fiction – Capital, Volume One (Allen & Unwin, 1997), Great Western Highway (UWAP, 2012), and Inexperience and Other Stories (UWAP, 2016). His memoir When Horse Became Saw (Penguin, 2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award: Non-fiction. Aftershocks: Selected Writings and Interviews was published by UWAP last year. He is associate professor of writing at the University of Technology Sydney. His work has previously been published in Griffith Review 11 and 62. He is a 2020 Griffith Review Queensland Writing Fellow, supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.


Brisbane, late 1960s

FictionYOUR MOTHER DOESN’T like the school holidays. She has to run the shop as well as keep an eye on you. Your brother and sister are older and seem to be able to take care of themselves. Your brother...

Three poems about my son, who has autism

PoetryMeltdown in a shopping mall   The security guards who circle my son look at me for guidance. Their authority has crumbled.   I’m in total control of these four young men, three in grey uniforms, one in jeans, T-shirt and hoodie thrashing on the polished floor squealing groaning purple-faced frightening the shoppers.   I want...

Creative writing strikes back

EssayI'M DRIVING BACK from a literary soiree somewhere in Sydney where yet again I've been hauled over the coals for teaching creative writing. I was standing in a circle of new acquaintances and a man of a certain age...

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