Brentley Frazer is a contemporary Australian author of experimental literature and poetry. He holds a MA (writing) from James Cook University and will complete a Ph.D. (creative writing) from Griffith University in 2016. His poems, short stories and academic papers have been published in numerous international magazines, journals, newspapers, anthologies and other periodicals since 1992. He is the author of Scoundrel Days, a nonfiction novel (forthcoming from University of Queensland Press 2017) and five books of poetry, most recently: Aboriginal to Nowhere: New Poems (HeadworX 2016). Currently he is Editor-in-chief of open access humanities magazine Bareknuckle Poet Journal of Letters and the Publishing Director of small press Bareknuckle Books. He also lectures and tutors undergraduate students in poetry, creative writing and new communication technologies at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He has been guest author at numerous festivals, conferences and other cultural enclaves. Brentley is represented by literary agent Lou Johnson (Sydney, Australia) – get in touch.
‘Brentley Frazer’s syntax is a live wire running through poems of experience, wild imagination and considered calm. Light the blue touch paper, but do not stand clear. Full immersion is essential’. ~ Anthony Lawrence
Brentley Frazer’s poetry is making it new again and in an exciting way, his lines crackle with the energy of a great technician who has something important to say. ~ Robert Adamson
“…one of Australia’s most important Generation X poets.” ~ Professor Nigel Krauth, Head of Creative Writing, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science, Griffith University
‘Described by Dazed & Confused as a ‘21st century Baudelaire on acid’ Brentley’s unconventionality, radicalism, aggression, schizophrenia, non-adaptability and sublimity with hallucinogenic scenes and pornographic moments, a bizarre mix of elements of neo-symbolism and post-romanticism, wrapped in a form of hypertext prose, finds itself somewhere at the intersection of Burroughs, Breton, Rimbaud, Salinger and Ian Curtis.” ~ Tribuna Magazine
Ph.D. Candidate, Griffith University 2013-2016
Abstract: A creative work consisting of an experimental creative nonfiction novel (literary nonfiction written with a constraint) and an exegesis.
Research Interests: Creative Nonfiction, Experimental Nonfiction, Literary Hybrids, Memoir, Dangerous Writing, Revolutionary Literature, Experimental Literature, English Prime, Poetics, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Techniques of Persuasion, Nonverbal Communication, Semiotics, General Semantics, Minimalism, Post Humanities, Ontology, Anontology, Hermeneutics, Paralinguistics, The Oulipo, The Outlaw Exegesis.
Master of Arts (Writing) James Cook University
Awarded January 2012. Modern Literature, Creative Writing, Writing for Media, Creative Nonfiction, Metaphor, Creative Work, Exegetical thesis on personal experience as qualitative research.
Bareknuckle Poet ~ Journal of Letters ISSN 2204-0420
April 2014 – current
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Bareknuckle Books ABN 23 626 812 677
PO Box 5009, West End, Brisbane, Australia 4101
FOUNDED – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA 2014
. Guest Lecturer/Artist – AAWP 21st Annual Conference, Nov 2016, University of Canberra
. Guest Editor (Bareknuckle Books Launch) Brisbane Writers Festival, September 2016
. Guest Artist – Queensland Poetry Festival August 2016
. Guest Artist – AAWP 20th Annual Conference, Dec 2015, Swinburne University, Melbourne.
. Guest Lecturer – Griffith Centre for Cultural Research Annual Symposium, November, 2015
. Guest Artist – Couplet Poetry Series – Brisbane City Square Library, November 2015
. Guest Artist – Howl 60th Anniversary Reading, Avid Reader, Brisbane, October 2015
. Guest Artist – Brisbane Writers Festival, September 2015
. Guest Lecturer – AAWP 19th annual Conference, Wellington N.Z, Dec 2014
. Guest Artist – Reality Bites Creative Nonfiction Festival October 2014
. Guest Artist – Spoken – Queensland State Library, January 2012
. Guest Artist – Oxfam Bookfest Poets Series, London July 2009
. Guest Artist – Wellington International Poetry Festival New Zealand 2004
. Guest Artist – National Poetry Festival 2004
. Co Founder – Speed Poets 2003 – 2005
. Guest Artist – Brisbane Writers Festival October 2003
. Guest Artist – Queensland Poetry Festival 1999-2003
. Event Coordinator – The Vision Area, Ric’s Bar, Brisbane 1998-2000
. Guest Artist – National Young Writers Festival 1998
. Guest Artist – Brisbane Fringe Writers Festival 1993-1998