School of Language, Arts & Media
Professor in Literature, Language and Linguistics
Sudesh Mishra was born in Suva and educated in Fiji and Australia. He has been, on different occasions, the recipient of an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry and an Asialink Residency in India. Sudesh has taught at Flinders University, Deakin University and the University of Stirling. He was Visiting Professor at the Fiji National University in 2010 and helped establish the School of Communication and Creative Arts. He is the author of four books of poems, including Tandava (Meanjin Press) and Diaspora and the Difficult Art of Dying (Otago UP), two critical monographs, Preparing Faces: Modernism and Indian Poetry in English (Flinders University and USP) and Diaspora Criticism (Edinburgh UP), two plays Ferringhi and The International Dateline (Institute of Pacific Studies, Suva), and several short stories. Diaspora Criticism (2006) is widely regarded as a milestone text. Sudesh is also (with Seona Smiles) the editor of Trapped, an anthology of writing from Fiji, and has had his work published in many ranked journals, including Social Text, Subaltern Studies, Meanjin, Ariel, Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Fulcrum, Borderlands, New Literary History, Oxford Literary Review and Emergences. He has contributed commissioned papers to significant postcolonial readers, encyclopedias and dictionaries and his creative work has appeared in a wide array of publications, including Nuanua: Pacific Writing in English since 1980, The Indigo Book of Modern Australian Sonnets, Lines Review: Twelve Modern Young Indian Poets, Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia, Sixty Indian Poets, The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poetry and Concert of Voices: An Anthology of World Writing in English. He is on the editorial board of four international journals: Journal of South Asian Diaspora, Asiatic, Double Dialogues and S/Z. He was a member of the judging panel for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Australasia) in 2006-7 and has read his work at a number of literary festivals, including The Adelaide Festival of Arts, The New Zealand Festival of Arts, The Sydney Writers’ Festival and The Edinburgh Book Festival. Sudesh is working on a fifth collection of poems, a collaborative project on popular Hindi cinema (with Vijay Mishra) and a series of papers on minor history. He is Professor in Literature, Language and Linguistics.