Les Wicks

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Les Wicks (born 1955) is an Australian poet, publisher and editor. He has a long list of achievements in writing, publishing and broadcasting. This includes the publication of eight books of poetry.


Wicks grew up in western suburbs Sydney. Les played in the band Iron Mouth. The Vietnam war savagely divided his family and taught him early activism. By 17 he had his first poem accepted & was school organiser for the secondary school students' strike. He did a history degree over some years at (Macquarie University) as well as a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled jobs while living in Sydney and London. In the late 70s he embarked on his first publishing exercise – Meuse publications (with Bill Farrow) which was a high water mark in Australian poetry publishing with its cutting edge mix of text and graphics. He helped set up the Poets Union in NSW. From the 1980s he worked as a union industrial advocate for a number of Unions after obtaining a graduate diploma in Industrial Law (University of Sydney).

Literary career

He has been a guest at most of Australia's literary festivals, toured widely and been published in over 200 newspapers, anthologies and magazines across fourteen countries in nine languages. During September/October 2006, Les Wicks was a guest of the Festival International de la Poesie in Quebec, Canada.

His fifth book of poems, The Ways of Waves (Sidewalk, 2000) celebrates the Australian summer. Number six, Appetites of Light (PressPress, 2002), ...
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