Andrew Sant

Andrew John Sant (b 1950), poet and editor, was born in London and came to Australia in 1962. Educated at La Trobe University, in the 1970s he moved to Tasmania where he worked as a teacher. From 1979 to 1989 he co-edited, with Michael Denholm, the first forty issues of what is now the journal Island (and was initially The Tasmanian Review). A collection of material from that time (also edited with Denholm), First rights: a decade of Island Magazine, was published in 1989.

A prolific and versatile poet, Sant deals in his poems with 'Profit and loss', with travel in the present, past and future, although Sant avers 'Language, I find, is home'. He imagines his words as 'riffs that issue perilously into the yielding sheer air'. His most recent book is Tremors  New and selected poems (2004).

Peter Pierce