About David Stavanger | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

States of Poetry

David Stavanger States of PoetryDavid Stavanger is a poet, performer, and cultural producer. In 2013 he won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, resulting in the release of The Special (UQP), his first full-length collection of poetry which was also awarded the 2015 Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. David is currently the Co-Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His prose-poem ‘The Electric Journal’ was a finalist of the 2016 Newcastle Poetry Prize. He is also sometimes known as Green Room-nominated ‘spoken weird’ artist ‘Ghostboy’.


'one must utilise every part of the animal (when faced with one's own fears)'

'Stock Market'

'I. The Counsellor' and 'II. The Reflection'

'I lied'

'New Age'


David Stavanger reads his poems ‘I lied' and 'New Age'

Further Reading and Links

University of Queensland Press

'David Stavanger (Ghostboy) at TedxNoosa'

Cordite Poetry Review

Red Room Poetry