Australian poet, novelist, editor, and biographer Geoff Page was born in Grafton, on the north coast of New South Wales, and educated at the University of New England. His poems frequently make use of rhyme and meter as they explore faith and cultural memory. Page is the author of more than a dozen poetry collections, including Small Town Memorials (1975), Selected Poems (1991), and Seriatim (2007). He is the author of the novels Benton’s Conviction (1985), Winter Vision (1989), and The Scarring (1999) and the biography Bernie McGann: A Life in Jazz (1997). With Loredana Nardi-Ford and R.F. Brissenden, he translated a selection of poems in Italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo’s Day After Day: Selected Poems (2002).
Page has edited several anthologies, including The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets (2003), 80 Great Poems from Chaucer to Now (2006), and 60 Classic Australian Poems (2009). He is also the author of A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (1995).
His honors include the ACT Poetry Prize, the Robert Harris Poetry Prize, the Christopher Brennan Award, the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, the Patrick White Award, and the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry. In 2001 Page retired from Narrabundah College, where he had taught since 1974.