Michael Aiken has been chosen by ABR Laureate David Malouf as the Laureate's Fellow. He was born in western Sydney and raised on the New South Wales central coast. Emerging from a thirteen-year career in the security industry, he has developed a poetics largely rooted in direct observation and treatment of the thing itself. His book A Vicious Example (2014) was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize. Michael Aiken's poetry and prose has appeared in various journals in Australia and overseas. He lives and works in Sydney.