Kirk Marshall


Kirk Marshall is a Brisbane-born writer and teacher living in Melbourne, Australia. He was a sessional academic / adjunct teacher in Creative Writing, English, Literature and Media (Film & T.V. Studies) at RMIT University for two years, and has held various teaching positions in Queensland, Victoria and Tokyo, Japan.

Kirk holds a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Creative Writing), with Distinction from the Queensland University of Technology, a first-class Honours degree in Professional Writing from Deakin University, and a Post-graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), with High Distinction from RMIT. Kirk is also the recipient of a Vice-Chancellor's List Award for Academic Excellence in 2011 (having finished in the top 2% of RMIT Higher Education students).

He is the author of an illustrated miscellany ("A Solution to Economic Depression in Little Tokyo, 1953"); a fiction chapbook ("A Brief Study of the Dissolute Properties of Comedy When You're Propelled Off Your Speeding Motorcycle Into A Sharp Asphalt Road, And Your Name Is Takeshi Kitano") published by Dynatox Ministries; a novella ("The Signatory") published by Skylight Press; and two collections of fiction: "Carnivalesque, And: Other Stories" published by Black Rider Press, and "Popcorn In the Barrel: Stories" published by KUBOA Press.

Kirk is also the coauthor of a Creative Writing textbook for ESL students enrolled at the RMIT International College in Indonesia. He is currently completing a new novella entitled, "Vampire Drive".

Kirk is also the writer-director of a 2005 independent feature film, "About 8" (promoted by Prodany Entertainment), and from 2009 onwards, editor of "Red Leaves / 紅葉", the international English-language / Japanese bi-lingual literary journal. From 2013, Kirk will also be the curator of "Night Discourse", the forthcoming free online interactive interdisciplinary fiction.

He has written for more than eighty publications, both in Australia and overseas, including "Award Winning Australian Writing", "Island", Wet Ink", "Going Down Swinging", "Voiceworks", "Verandah", "Visible Ink", "fourW", "Cordite", "Mascara Literary Review", "Word Riot" (U.S.A.), "3:AM" Magazine (France), "Le Zaporogue" (France/Denmark), "(Short) Fiction Collective" (U.S.A.), "The Vein" (U.S.A.), "Danse Macabre" (U.S.A.), "WHOLE BEAST RAG" (U.S.A.), "Gone Lawn" (U.S.A.), "The Seahorse Rodeo Folk Review" (U.S.A.), "The Journal of Unlikely Entomology" (U.S.A.) and "Kizuna: Fiction for Japan" (Japan).

Kirk was recently shortlisted for the 2010 Wet Ink Short-Story Prize. He was also accorded the first-prize recipient of the 2010 Booranga Prize from Charles Sturt University for Best Short Story, first-prize recipient for the St. Laurences College Library Collection Literary Competition 2002, first-prize recipient of The Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards Foundation/Roman Printing Prize 2002, and first-prize recipient of the Brisbane Short-Story Competition for youth under the age of 17 in 2000.

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