097 David Ray Ades

When David’s relative passed at an early age, he realized that everyone carries loss, but not everyone talks about it.  Through poetry, he explores that emotional place and connects with people. David also created a safe, supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental mens’ community, where members can be honest and truthful. He shares these powerful nuggets of life wisdom:
– approach people with an open heart
– give yourself some attention
– allow time to reflect on your challenges, ask who can help
– find a community where you are valued as an individual
– poetry is democratic, anyone can do it
– poetry is a community that can manifest itself for collaboration
– poetry is a passion that’s shared
– poetry is a form of story telling
– everyone is a storyteller
– everyone is a story

David Adès returned to Australia in 2016 after living for five years in Pittsburgh. He is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet and short story writer and the author of Mapping the World (Wakefield Press/Friendly Street Poets, 2008), the chapbook Only the Questions Are Eternal (Garron Publishing, 2015) and Afloat in Light (UWA Publishing, 2017).

David won the Wirra Wirra Vineyards Short Story Prize (2005). Mapping the World was commended for the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award 2008.

David has been a member of Friendly Street Poets since 1979. He is a former Convenor of Friendly Street Poets and co-edited the Friendly Street Poetry Reader 26. He was also one of a volunteer team of editors of the inaugural Australian Poetry Members Anthology Metabolism published in 2012. His poetry has been published in numerous journals in Australia and the U.S. with publications also in Israel, Romania and New Zealand.

David’s poems have been read on the Australian radio poetry program Poetica and have also featured on the U.S. radio poetry program Prosody. He is one of 9 poets featured on a CD titled Adelaide 9. In 2014 David won the University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His poems were also Highly Commended in the 2016 Bruce Dawe National Poetry Prize and a finalist in the Dora and Alexander Raynes Poetry Prize 2016.


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