Wood has written essays on poetry for major literary journals in Australia, the United States, the UK, Africa and India. These often address the public role of poetry in the culture at large.
Wood currently interviews writers for two journals - the LA Review of Books and Liminal. For LARB, he talks to leading Australian novelists about their recent work and helps them reach an international audience. For Liminal, he talks to young Asian-Australians and discusses their artistic practice as part of wider cultural trends.
Kim Scott, Kate Grenville, Michelle de Kretser, Gail Jones, Peter Carey
Eileen Chong, Omar Sakr, Eunice Andrada, Naomi Velaphi, Maryam Azam, Hetty McKinnon
Wood has hosted conversational interviews with contemporary poets that examine issues such as influence, process and technique. The first instalment of this conversation series took place at The School of Life, Melbourne. The second instalment was at The Centre for Stories, Perth. Each series can also be found archived at PennSound.
Bonny Cassidy, Luke Beesley, Jess Wilkinson, Matt Hall, Kent McCarter, Melinda Bufton, Autumn Royal
Sampurna Chattarji, Siobhan Hodge, Jeremy Balius, JP Quinton, Caitlin Maling, Lucy Dougan, Susan Bradley Smith, Amanda Joy
Wood completed a project that re-presented Australian Aboriginal song poems that had been housed in anthropological archives. This was about the recovery, repatriation and celebration of traditional poetry to communities that had found access difficult. The series can be found on Jacket2.
Wood has reviewed for a number of journals attending to social, historical and philosophical aspects of contemporary poetry.
Wood holds degrees from University of Western Australia, Australian National University and University of Pennsylvania. Wood’s academic writing focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics. Influenced by readings of Hegel, Weber and Wittgenstein, he is interested in articulating a consciousness of lifestyle focused on suburbia.