Toby Fitch

Toby Fitch is an Australian poet, editor, essayist and teacher. He is the current poetry editor of Overland and a sessional academic in creative writing at the University of Sydney. His six books of poetry include Where Only the Sky had Hung Before and Object Permanence: Selected Calligrammes, while his seventh, Sydney Spleen, is forthcoming with Giramondo Publishing in July 2021. He has lived in Sydney on unceded Gadigal land since the age of 3 but is shortly relocating to Newcastle and Awabakal land.

The Charles Rischbieth Jury Poetry Prize 2020
The Dame Leonie Kramer Prize in Poetry 2017
The Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012

Toby Fitch has worked as poetry editor of Overland since 2016 and before that was reviews editor for Southerly from 2011-15. He will be the co-editor of the forthcoming Best of Australian Poems 2021 with Ellen van Neerven. He is the editor of the anthologies Groundswell: The Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets 2007-2020 (forthcoming 2021) and, with Lisa Gorton, Australian Poetry Anthology 5, 2016. He has also worked as an editor at Power Publications since 2018, where he was managing editor of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art. As a freelance editor, Toby has edited numerous scholarly essays and public sector documents.

Toby Fitch has taught creative writing at the University of Sydney since 2016 — tutoring, lecturing, course coordinating and supervising at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He holds a Doctor of Arts (a “creative PhD”) from the University of Sydney. He has taught literature, English, and professional and technical writing at various other universities, including UNSW Art and Design, Wollongong University and Western Sydney University. He has also taught creative writing workshops for Red Room Poetry, The Writing Workshop, and Mirrabooka.

Toby Fitch offers many freelance services, including assessing book manuscripts (fiction, non-fiction, poetry). If you would like to get in touch about writing, editing or teaching work, or about having your book manuscript assessed, please email:


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