Noel Rowe

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Noel Rowe (20 June 1951 - 11 July 2007) was a poet who lived in Sydney, Australia, and was Senior Lecturer in Australian Literature at the University of Sydney where he was also awarded the University Medal (1984) and doctorate (1989). Before becoming an academic, Rowe was a Roman Catholic priest in the Marist Order.

Rowe was born in Macksville (northern New South Wales) on 20 June 1951. In the 1960s and 1970s he was both a student and teacher at St John's College, Woodlawn, Lismore. His books include Perhaps, After All (Vagabond, 2000), Next to Nothing (Vagabond Stray Dog, 2004) and Touching the Hem (Vagabond, 2006). He assisted in the editing of the literary journal Southerly. He also, with Vivian Smith, edited Windchimes: Asia in Australian Poetry (Pandanus Books, 2006). In 2005, Rowe was awarded the William Baylebridge Memorial Prize for poetry. He was also invited to read his poetry at International Festivals in Rotterdam (2005) and Jerusalem (2006). He had particular interest in the interrelationship between literature, theology and ethics.

Rowe died on 11 July 2007, after being ill for two years.

External links

Noel Rowe, "Poetry, Theology and Emptiness" in Australian Ejournal of Theology (Issue 5, 2005)

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