An enormous thank you to Maria Takolander for her excellent posts. This month, our blogger is Ali Alizadeh. His bio is below:

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photo by Di Cousens

Ali Alizadeh’s forthcoming book Transactions has been described as “beautifully twisted” by Marina White in Colosoul; “funny, angry and immensely moving” by Jeff Sparrow; and “a powerful work of prose fiction” and “truly global and uncompromisingly frank” by Portia Lindsay in Books+Publishing. “Welcome to the dark side of global village” has been Caroline Baum’s comment on the book. It is a tale of political violence, prostitution, love, a charming serial killer, mysterious refugees and radical universalism. Among Ali’s previous books are the collection of poems Ashes in the Air, the work of creative non-fiction Iran: My Grandfather and the novel The New Angel. Ali was born in Iran, resides in Melbourne and has lived and worked in a few continents. He is a lecturer in Creative Writing and Literary Studies at Monash University, where he is also the director of the Centre for Australian and Postcolonial Writing. He has also co-written, with director Bill Mousoulis, a horror movie titled A Nocturne: Night of the Vampire, has edited an anthology with John Kinsella, has written a manifesto with Jessica Wilkinson, and has translated a collection of medieval poems with Kenneth Avery.

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