Paul Magee studied in Melbourne, Moscow, San Salvador and Sydney. He writes poetry and theoretical work on poetics, broadly conceived — the latter ranges from the study of poetic composition to critiques of the concept of national identity. Paul’s first academic book, From here to Tierra del Fuego, a study of colonisation and tourism in the island at the far south of South America was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2000. His first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006), was shortlisted in the Innovation category of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for literature. His second, Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press: 2014), was named in Australian Book Review as one of the books of the year for 2014.
A second scholarly monograph, Suddenness and the Composition of Poetic Thought, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield International in March 2022. It is based on the Australian Research Council funded Discovery Project Understanding Creative Excellence: A Case Study in Poetry (DP130100402, 2013-6), which involved interviews with 80 celebrated Anglophone poets as to their experiences of poetic judgement. Paul was Chair of the 2006 Unaustralia conference which featured a keynote speech and cocktail party in Australian Parliament House, national media coverage and a special workshop of fashion academics.
He is currently working as Chair towards the 2022 out of the Ordinary conference on poetry and poetics. Vice-President of the Australian Universities Language and Literature Association (AULLA), Paul is Discipline Lead in Creative Writing and Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Canberra.