Alan Loney is a poet and his first book of poems was published in 1971. He was co-winner (poetry) in the New Zealand Book Awards in 1977, Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland in 1992, and Honorary Fellow of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne from 2002-2006. He was awarded The Janet Frame Award for Poetry in 2011. Loney has published 15 books of poetry, and eight books of prose with a recent emphasis on the nature of the book. He won The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards in 2016 for his book of poems, Crankhandle (Cordite Books). He has recently retired from handpress printing and now is a full-time writer in Melbourne, Australia.