Alex Skovron was born in Poland in 1948, lived briefly in Israel, and emigrated to Australia in 1958. From the early 1970s he worked as an editor for various book publishers in Sydney and Melbourne, in the reference, educational, children’s, trade, and literary fields.
Skovron’s poetry has been published in many journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas. His six published collections to date are: The Rearrangement (1988), Sleeve Notes (1992), Infinite City (1999), The Man and the Map (2003), Autographs (a volume of prose-poems, 2008), and Towards the Equator: New & Selected Poems (2014), which was shortlisted in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for 2015. Other awards for his writing have included the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry (twice), the John Shaw Neilson Poetry Award (twice), the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize (2007), and, for his first collection, the Anne Elder and Mary Gilmore awards.
His prose novella, The Poet (2005), was joint winner (with Kate Grenville) of the FAW Christina Stead Award for a work of fiction; the novella has been translated into Czech and published under the title Básník (2014). The Attic, a selection of his poetry translated into French by Jacques Rancourt, was published by PEN Melbourne in 2013; and a bilingual volume of Chinese translations in the Flying Island series (Macao) is underway. Some of his poetry has also been translated into Dutch, German, Polish, Serbian, and Spanish. A collection of short stories, The Man who Took to his Bed, is due to be published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2017.