Thom Sullivan (poet and editor) was born in 1982. He grew up on a farm in Wistow/Bugle Ranges in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia and studied Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide, and Social Science at Swinburne University, Melbourne. He had a short collection of poems, Airborne, published in New Poets 14 (Wakefield, 2009). Since then he has edited or co-edited seven published books of poetry. His poems have appeared in a range of books and journals, including: Australian Book Review (2016 South Australian “States of Poetry” anthology), Australian Love Poems (Inkerman & Blunt), The Best Australian Poems 2014 (Black Inc), The Best Australian Poems 2015 (Black Inc), The Canberra Times, Cordite Poetry Review, Eureka Street, The Independent Weekly, Otoliths, Tincture and Transnational Literature. He was a featured writer at Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2016 (a podcast of the session is available online) and a guest writer at the South Australian English Teachers’ Association’s Meet the Writers Festival in 2016 and 2017. He lives in Adelaide, where he works in public policy.

In December 2017, it was announced that his manuscript Carte Blanche had won Vagabond  Press’ Noel Rowe Poetry Award 2017-18 (shortlist / judges’ report).

Thom Sullivan Poet Poetry - Copy

Links to selected online poems

Collection of poems

  • Sullivan, Thom, 2009, Airborne, in Emmett, ML, Hardy, Rob & Sullivan, Thom, 2009, New Poets 14, ed. Courtney Black, Wakefield, Adelaide. (out of print)
  • Ken Bolton on Airborne: “This collection demonstrates a control that is sure but not rigid, that reveals itself only as formal grace. The poems are memorable: their imagery stays with us, their pacing and ordering are remembered for delivering an experience that the reader feels sharply.”Thom Sullivan Airborne Poet Poetry Wakefield Press


  • Gibbins, Ian, 2012, Urban Biology, ed. Thom Sullivan, Wakefield, Adelaide.
  • Pfitzner, John, Jones, Gareth Roi & Mead, Rachael, 2012, New Poets 17, ed. Thom Sullivan, Wakefield, Adelaide.
  • Brydon, John, Hopkins, Mike & Hanson, Simon, 2011, New Poets 16, ed. Thom Sullivan, Wakefield, Adelaide.
  • McKenna, Louise, Arden, Lynette & Furtak-Ellis, Sher’ee, 2010, New Poets 15, ed. Thom Sullivan, Wakefield, Adelaide.


  • Dinic, Jelena, Jones, Gareth Roi & Sullivan, Thom (eds.), 2014, The Infinite Dirt, Friendly Street Poets, Adelaide.
  • Alder, Kate, Dinic, Jelena & Eli, Indigo, 2013, New Poets 18, eds. Alison Flett & Thom Sullivan, Friendly Street Poets, Adelaide.
  • Coleman, Aidan & Sullivan, Thom (eds.), 2012, Light & Glorie, Pantaenus, Adelaide.



“Light & Glorie”

Concept 1

In 2012, Sullivan and fellow Adelaide poet Aidan Coleman invited South Australian poets to write about the renowned stained glass windows in Saint Bartholomew’s Church, Norwood. Thirty poets took up the challenge. The project culminated in a reading, at which poets read alongside the windows, and the publication of an anthology.


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“Thomas  Sullivan” “Tom Sullivan” Adelaide


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