About

Omar Sakr is Arab Australian poet whose work has been published in English, Arabic, and Spanish. Most recently, he has poems in Griffith Review, WildnessIsland, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, Peril, Circulo de PoesíaStrange Horizons, Overland, MeanjinCordite Poetry Review, Antic, and Mascara Literary Review, among others. His poetry has also been anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016, and in Contemporary Australian Poetry.

Omar has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2014), the Story Wine Prize (2015), and the ACU Poetry Prize (2015). In 2016, he placed runner-up in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Elsewhere, his articles and essays have appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Saturday Paper, The Guardian, Archer, Kill Your Darlings, Going Down Swinging, SBS Online, SBS Life, SBS Comedy, The Wheeler Centre, and Junkee, among others.

Currently, he is the Poetry Editor for The Lifted Brow, an Australian literary journal published internationally. His debut collection These Wild Houses is out now with Cordite Publishing in 2017. For more, see his publications page here. As for what he is “About” the simplest answer is this: he is a storyteller. He lives for literature.