Moreton Bay Fig Roots II, 2009

Paolo Totaro’s poetry in English and in Italian is published in anthologies by Oxford University Press (Mark O’Connor ed. 1992); Stanford UP (USA 2014); in a 2014 special issue on Australian poetry by ARC (Canada) and Cordite (Australia); in literary reviews including Other Modernities (Milan University 2014), Le Simplegadi (Udine University 2014), CreArta (UTS 1998), Quadrant (2012, 2013), Contrappasso (2013, 2015). His Collected Poems (1950-2011) was published in 2013. He won the First Prize at the 1992 Due Giugno literary competition with Storia Patria (Naples and Sydney, 2012). He was a contributor to The Bulletin and other magazines. He has presented his work in public libraries, the Dante Alighieri Society, The Italian Institute of Culture, Manning Clark House, SBS TV and radio, the ABC, and others. His current work explores the bond poetry/science/myth.

He had a role in the foundation of multiculturalism in Australia with his Report to Parliament Participation (1978) as Foundation Chairman of the Ethnic Affairs Commission and his work thereafter. He has served Australia in many public positions and was honoured with the Order of Australia in 1988 and the Order of Italy in 2010. As a pianist, he presented the first Australian performance of the Suite op 145 by Shostakovic On Michelangelo Poems for baritone and piano (Art Gallery of NSW, 1974). He lives on Pittwater, NSW, Australia, with his wife. Part of his papers are with the Mitchell Library.

“Collected Poems 1950-2012” Padana Press Sydney ISBN 978-0-646-57734-0

In “Water Access Only – Tales and Images from Pittwater” Edited by Juliette Robertson and John Hoffmann (2006)

“Emigrazione e Letteratura: Il caso italoaustraliano”, Gaetano Rando (2004)

Poetry published in CREArTA, University of Technology Sydney (2002)

Articles for Italy Down Under, Australia, Melbourne, between 1998 and 2002

Mentioned in several books, among which: “The Other Australia” Brian Murphy (1993)

Articles written for The Bulletin, Australia, between 1989 and 1993

“Storia Patria” (1992) short novel, first prize, ‘2 Giugno’ Literary Competition

“The Health of Immigrant Australia” (1990) Foreword

Co-author, “Individual and Democratic Rights” Report to the Constitutional Commission (1987)

“Participation”, a 600-page Report to the Premier and Parliament of NSW (1978)

“Environment and Earthmoving” (1972)

Represented in the Oxford University Press Anthology  “Two Centuries of Australian Poetry” Mark O’ Connor, editor

“Older Italians in Australia: A Visual Legacy” Being prepared