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Peter John Rose (born 8 June 1955) is an Australian poet, memoirist, critic, novelist and editor.[1] For many years he was an academic publisher. Since 2001 he has been editor of Australian Book Review.

Peter Rose
BornPeter John Rose
(1955-06-08) 8 June 1955 (age 64)
Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia
Years active1985-present


Peter Rose was born in Wangaratta on 8 June 1955,[2] grew up there. Rose belongs to a famous Collingwood Football Club family. His father, Bob, was a celebrated Collingwood player and coach. His brother, Robert (1952–1999), also played for Collingwood and, as a cricketer, opened the batting for Victoria. Rose was educated at Haileybury, Melbourne and Monash University.

Throughout the 1990s Rose was a publisher at Oxford University Press, Australia, where he published a wide range of Oxford reference books and dictionaries. Since 2001 he has been the editor of the Australian Book Review. He has also edited two poetry anthologies.

In 2001, Rose published Rose Boys,[3] a family memoir which won the National Biography Award in 2003. Rose Boys was reissued as a Text Classic in 2013.[4]

In 2009 he appeared on the judging panel for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, and in 2011 he judged the National Biography Award. He has for more than a decade been chairperson of the Robert Rose Foundation, which assists people with spinal cord injuries. An extensive selection of his poetry appears in the Australian Poetry Library.[5]

Rose's poetry has won several awards. The collection Crimson Crop, published in 2012, won a Queensland Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Award.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He has acknowledged his homosexuality,[7] and his work has appeared in the anthology Out of the box : contemporary Australian gay and lesbian poets.[8]

He lives in Melbourne.




  • Rose, Peter (1990). The house of vitriol. Picador Poetry. Sydney: Pan.
  • — (1993). The Catullan rag. Sydney: Picador.
  • Donatello in Wangaratta, Hale & Iremonger, 1998 ISBN 0-86806-654-0
  • Rattus Rattus: New and Selected Poems, Salt Publications, 2005 ISBN 978-1-84471-069-0
  • Crimson Crop, UWA Publishing, 2012 ISBN 978-1-74258-390-7
  • The Subject of Feeling, UWA Publishing, 2015 ISBN 978-1-74258-688-5

List of poemsEdit

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected/notes
Anniversary 2014 Rose, Peter (Autumn 2014). "Anniversary". Meanjin. 73 (1): 104–105. Part of the ongoing series of poems The Catullan rag.



  • A Case of Knives, Allen & Unwin, 2005 ISBN 1-74114-536-8
  • Roddy Parr, Fourth Estate, 2010, ISN 9780732290276


Book and other reviewsEdit

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2011 Rose, Peter (September 2011). "In the ring with Susan Sontag" (PDF). Australian Book Review. 334: 20–21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  • Nunez, Sigrid. Sempre Susan : a memoir of Susan Sontag. Atlas & Co.
  • Rieff, David. Swimming in a sea of death : a son's memoir. Melbourne University Press.
2014 Rose, Peter (September 2014). "Don Giovanni". Australian Book Review. 364: 38. Opera Australia's Don Giovanni, directed by David McVicar at the Sydney Opera House, 7 August 2014.


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