Emeritus Professor Hazel Smith

Emeritus Professor Hazel Smith

Emeritus Professor,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Hazel Smith is an Emeritus Professor in the Writing and Society Research Centre. From 2007-2017 she was a Research Professor in the Centre. She is author of  The Contemporary Literature-Music Relationship: intermedia, voice, technology,cross-cultural exchange, Routledge, 2016, The Writing Experiment: strategies for innovative creative writing, Allen and Unwin, 2005 and Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: difference, homosexuality, topography, Liverpool University Press, 2000. She is co-author of Improvisation, Hypermedia And The Arts Since 1945, Harwood Academic, 1997 and co-editor with Roger Dean of Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press, 2009. Hazel has also contributed numerous articles and book chapters on contemporary literature, contemporary poetry, electronic writing, the creative writing process, creative writing pedagogy, contemporary intermedia and relationships between literature and music. 

Hazel is also a poet, performer and new media artist, and has published five volumes of poetry, three CDs of performance work and numerous multimedia works.  Her most recent volumes of poetry are Ecliptical, ES Press, Spineless Wonders, 2022, Word Migrants, Giramondo Publishing, 2016 and The Erotics of Geography: poetry, performance texts, new media works, (with accompanying CD Rom), Tinfish Press, Kaneohe, Hawaii, 2008. Formerly a professional violinist, she is a member of austraLYSIS, the sound and intermedia arts group.  She has performed her work extensively in the US, Europe, UK and Australasia, and has been co-recipient of numerous grants for austraLYSIS from the Australia Council for the Arts (including a key organization grant 2000-2004). In 2012-13 she was a recipient of an Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board Digital and New Media Writing grant. She has had five large-scale commissions from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and in 1992 her collaboration with Roger Dean,  Poet Without Language, was nominated by the ABC for the prestigious Prix Italia Prize. She has performed her work extensively in the USA, Europe, UK and Australasia. Her collaborations "motions" and "novelling" with Will Luers and Roger Dean,  are published in the Electronic Literature Collections 3 and 4. In 2017 "novelling", was shortlisted for the Turn on Literature Prize, an initiative of the Creative Europe Program of the European Union and In 2018 was awarded first place in the Electronic Literature Organisation's international Robert Coover award. In 2023 her collaboration with Will Luers and Roger Dean was shortlisted for the UK-baed New Media Writing Award.  In 2020 Hazel collaborated with artist Sieglinde Karl-Spence on a major exhibition of text and image, 'Heimlich Unheimlich', in the Broadhurst Gallery, Hazelhurst Arts Centre, Sydney. This exhibiiton was subsequently shown again at the Edith Cowan University Gallery 25 in 2021 and the John Mullins Memorial Gallery, Dogwood Crossing, Queensland, 2023.

Hazel was the founder editor of infLect, an online international journal of new media writing based at the University of Canberra (2004-6), and is now co-editor with Roger Dean of soundsRite, a journal of new media writing and sound, based at the Western Sydney University. Her website is at www.australysis.com

This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Smith.


  • PhD Nottingham University

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts


Email: Hazel.Smith@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: n/a
Location: EQ.G.40

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  • Smith, H. (2016), 'The Contemporary Literature-Music Relationship: Intermedia, Voice, Technology, Cross-Cultural Exchange', : Routledge 9781138852051.
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2009), 'Practice-led Research, Research-led practice in the Creative Arts', : Edinburgh University Press 9780748636297.
  • Smith, H. (2005), 'The Writing Experiment: Strategies for Innovative Creative Writing', : Allen and Unwin 9781741140156.
  • Smith, H. (2000), 'Hyperscapes in the Poetry of Frank O'Hara: Difference/Homosexuality/Topography', : Liverpool University Press 9780853239949.
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (1997), 'Improvisation, Hypermedia and the Arts Since 1945', : Harwood Academic 9783718658787.

Chapters in Books

  • Smith, H. (2023), 'Bending voices, opening ears : voice, music, sound, and affect in digital literature', Global Perpsectives on Digital Literature: A Critical Introduction for the Twenty-First Century, Routledge 9781032103518.
  • Smith, H. (2023), 'Prose poetry', Creative Horizons 3: Writing Like a Writer, English Teachers Association NSW 9781925465396.
  • Smith, H. (2018), 'Feisty and childfree : voluntary childlessness as an alternative to mothering ', Dangerous Ideas about Mothers, UWA Publishing 9781742589909.
  • Smith, H. (2017), 'Musico-literary miscegenations : word and sound relationships in creative writing pedagogy ', Creative Writing Innovations: Breaking Boundaries in the Classroom, Bloomsbury Academic 9781474297172.
  • Smith, H. (2017), 'Literary and musical dialoguing : sound, voice, and screen synergies ', #WomenTechLit, Computing Literature 9781943665907.
  • Smith, H. (2016), 'Improvisation in contemporary experimental poetry ', The Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies. Volume 2, Oxford University Press 9780199892921.
  • Smith, H. (2014), 'Creative-critical hybrids ', The Handbook of Creative Writing, Edinburgh University Press 9780748689392.
  • Smith, H. (2013), 'Afterimage : loss as a form of enquiry in the work of Mary Jo Bang, M.D. Coverley and Joan Retallack', Poetry & the Trace, Puncher and Wattmann 9781922186331.
  • Smith, H. (2012), 'Creative writing and new media', The Cambridge Companion to Creative Writing, Cambridge University Press 9780521145367.
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2009), 'Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice - Towards the Iterative Cyclic Web', Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts, Edinburgh University Press 9780748636297.
  • Smith, H. (2009), ''soundAFFECTs': translation, writing, new media, affect', Sounds in Translation: Intersections of music, technology and society, ANU E Press 9781921536540.
  • Smith, H. (2009), 'The Voice in Computer Music and its Relationship to Place, Identity, and Community', The Oxford Handbook of Computer Music, Oxford University Press 9780195331615.
  • Smith, H. (2009), 'Affect, Emotion and Sensation in New Media Writing : The work of John Cayley, MD Coverley and Jason Nelson', Literature and Sensation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing 9781443801164.
  • Smith, H. (2008), 'Textual Variability in New Media Poetry', Multiformalisms: Postmodern Poetics of Form, Textos Books 9781934999363.
  • Smith, H. (2008), 'New Media Writing', Creative Writing Guidebook, Continuum 9780826494290.
  • Bailes, F., Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2007), 'Hearing and Imaging Place in Sound: a Program to interrelate the Cognitive, Cultural and Creative', Hearing Places: Sound, Place, Time and Culture, Cambridge Publishing 1847182550.
  • Smith, H. (2006), 'The posthuman and the writing process : emergence, algorithm, affect and multimodality', Creative Writing: Theory Beyond Practice, Post Pressed 9781921214042.
  • Smith, H. (2003), 'Frank O'Hara', The Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America, Charles Scribners Sons 9780684314273.

Journal Articles

  • Smith, H. (2023), ''We need to approach the pastoral with care' : feminism, landscape, ekphrasis and formal experimentation in Frances Presley's Collected Poems', Plumwood Mountain, vol 10, no 1 .
  • Brewster, A. and Smith, H. (2022), ''A poem is not a puzzle with a correct answer' : Anne Brewster in conversation with Hazel Smith', Cordite Poetry Review, vol 15 February 2023 .
  • Smith, H. (2020), 'Pitching the poem-essay : subversive argument in the work of Charles Bernstein', Electronic Book Review, vol 7 June, 2020 .
  • Smith, H. and Dean , R. (2020), 'Creative collaboration, racial discrimination and surveillance in The Lips are Different', The Digital Review, vol 7 June, 2020 .
  • Smith, H. (2019), 'Strategising creativity : writing, experimentation, multimedia', Metaphor, vol 1 , pp 9 - 19.
  • Smith, H. (2018), 'Experimental confessionalism : the personal turn in American post-conceptual poetry', Cordite Poetry Review, vol 87 .
  • Dean, R. and Smith, H. (2018), 'The character thinks ahead : creative writing with deep learning nets and its stylistic assessment', Leonardo, vol 51, no 5 , pp 503 - 504.
  • Smith, H. (2017), 'The computer as improviser : computational text-generation in electronic literature', Rabbit, vol 22 , pp 100 - 113.
  • Smith, H. (2015), 'Spatial relationships, cosmopolitanism and musico-literary miscegenation in the new media work of austraLYSIS', Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol 15, no 1 .
  • Smith, H. (2013), 'The griot and the renku : interactive generative media and algorithmic imagetext in the work of D. Fox Harrell', European Journal of American Culture, vol 32, no 2 , pp 187 - 203.
  • Smith, H. (2012), 'Feisty and childless (a cut and paste; a polylogue)', Text : Journal of Writing and Writing Courses, vol 15 .
  • Smith, H. (2012), 'A posthuman cosmpopolitanism and new media writing', Hyperrhiz, vol 9 .
  • Smith, H. (2011), 'Glocal Imaginaries and Musical Displacements in the Work of Richards Powers', Postcolonial Text, vol 6, no 2 , pp 1 - 16.
  • Smith, H. (2010), 'Mix-ups and underbelly', TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Programs, vol 14, no 2 , pp 1 - 5.
  • Smith, H. (2010), 'Stressing the Modern : Cultural Politics in Australian Women's Poetry', Australian Feminist Studies, vol 25, no 63 , pp 99 - 101.
  • Smith, H. (2009), 'Musical Imaginaries in Vikram Seth's An Equal Music', Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature, vol 42, no 2 , pp 191 - 207.
  • Smith, H. (2009), 'The Erotics of Gossip: Fictocriticism, Performativity, Technology', Textual Practice, vol 23, no 6 , pp 1001 - 1012.
  • Smith, H. (2008), 'Morphing writing practices and feminisit experimentalism', Southerly, vol 68, no 1 , pp 34 - 58.
  • Smith, H. (2007), 'SoundAFFECTs: transcoding, writing, new media, affect', Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture, vol 4, no 1 .
  • Smith, H. (2007), 'Review of Daisy Fried, My brother is getting arrested again and Malena Morling, Astoria', Australian Journal of American Studies, vol 26, no 2 , pp 115 - 119.
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2006), 'Posthuman collaboration: multimedia, improvisation and computer mediation', M/C Journal, vol 9, no 2 .
  • Dean, R., Whitelaw, M., Smith, H. and Worrall, D. (2006), 'The Mirage of Real-Time Algorithmic Synaesthesia: Some Compositional Mechanisms and Research Agendas in Computer Music and Sonification', Contemporary Music Review, vol 25, no 4 , pp 311 - 326.
  • Smith, H. (2006), 'Emerging from the Experiment: a systematic methodology for creative writing teaching', New Writing: the international journal for the practice and theory of creative writing, vol 3, no 1 , pp 17 - 34.
  • Dean, R. and Smith, H. (2005), 'The evolving technology of performance in the work of austraLYSIS, and the politics of co-operativity', Sounds Australian, vol 65 , pp 16 - 21.
  • Smith, H. (2005), 'The Erotics of Gossip: Fictocriticism, Performativity, Technology', Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, vol 19, no 3 , pp 403 - 412.
  • Dean, R., Brewster, A. and Smith, H. (2004), 'soundAFFECTs', TEXT, vol 8,2 .
  • Smith, H. (2004), 'Cursors and Crystal Balls: digital technologies and the futures of writing', Text, vol 8, no 2 .
  • Dean, R. and Smith, H. (2004), 'Sonic Narratives: intermedia transformations in the work of austraLYSIS', Australasian Music Research, vol 8 , pp 91 - 106.
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2003), 'Voicescapes and Sonic Structures in the Creation of Sound Technodrama', Performance Research, vol 8, no 1 , pp 112 - 123.
  • Brewster, A. and Smith, H. (2003), 'AFFECTions: friendship, community, bodies', Text, vol 7, no 2 .
  • Smith, H. and Dean, R. (2002), 'The Egg The Cart The Horse The Chicken: cyberwriting, sound, intermedia', Interactive Multimedia Electronic Journal of Computer-Enhanced Learning, vol 4, no 1 .
  • Smith, H. (2002), 'A Labyrinth of Endless Steps: Fiction making, Interactive Narrativity and the Poetics of Space in Paul Auster's City of Glass', Australian Journal of American Studies, vol 21, no 1 , pp 33 - 51.
  • Brewster, A. and Smith, H. (2002), 'ProseThetic Memories', Salt: An International Journal of Poetry and Poetics: Memory Writing, vol 16 , pp 100 - 111.
  • Smith, H. (2001), 'Poetry off the Page in Performance and New Media', Meanjin, vol 60, no 2 , pp 169 - 171.


  • 2021, 'Heimlich Unheimlich'
  • 2020, 'Heimlich Unheimlich'
  • 2018, 'Hem of Memory'

Other Publications

  • 2022, 'Ecliptical', Published Work
  • 2022, 'Dolphins in the Reservoir', Published Work
  • 2021, '"Missing " and "Viral Year"', Published Work
  • 2021, '"Dedication" and "The Child"', Published Work
  • 2021, 'Holding the Vertical', Published Work
  • 2021, 'The Accountants (or Brexit for Breakfast); Faking It; Emergent Emergencies; Postscript; Cool Shrug', Published Work
  • 2021, 'Musing', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Ash and Berries : Communing with John Ashbery', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Learning to be Human', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Plague', Published Work
  • 2020, 'Three poems: "Screenshots", "Off Limits", and "Artistic License"', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Travel Diary', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Tennis Court Ode', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Elsewhere and Fractals', Published Work
  • 2019, 'The talkers', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Listening', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Snow Monkeys', Published Work
  • 2019, 'Listening', Published Work
  • 2018, 'Time Machinations', Published Work
  • 2018, 'Days of Rage', Published Work
  • 2018, 'Bigfoot', Published Work
  • 2017, 'Democracy for Dummies', Published Work
  • 2017, 'Metaphorics (in three parts)', Published Work
  • 2017, 'Partial Eclipse', Published Work
  • 2016, 'Word Migrants', Published Work
  • 2016, 'novelling', Published Work
  • 2015, 'The Other Room', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Negotiating', Published Work
  • 2015, 'Subvoices: For Robert', Published Work
  • 2015, 'History Goes Everywhere', Recorded Work
  • 2015, 'Scaling the Voices', Published Work
  • 2015, 'The Bleeding Obvious (an internet cut and paste)', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Choice', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Blue Bus', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Wrong Tom Jenks', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Chairs', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Smoked Mirrors', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Snow Talk', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Blue Bus', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Stitch', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Revolutions', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Right to Intervene', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Poetics of Discomfort', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The Cud', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Bird Migrants', Recorded Work
  • 2014, 'Motions', Published Work
  • 2014, 'The decision', Published Work
  • 2014, 'Verdict', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Film of Sound', Recorded Work
  • 2013, 'Soundtracks', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Feelings and Algorithms', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Tennis Court Ode', Published Work
  • 2013, 'Disappearing', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'Experimentalism ; Slowly time is moving fences', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Live music : dead bodies (recorded)', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'The driver', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Student-teacher relations', Published Work
  • 2012, 'Clay conversations', Recorded Work
  • 2012, 'Cycles, superimpositions, dualyses', Recorded Work
  • 2011, 'Clay Conversations 2', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Toy Language 1', Published Work
  • 2011, 'Snowtalking', Recorded Work
  • 2010, 'Scan: Journal of Media Arts Culture - Clay Conversations', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Dunken Boat - Speak Far and Wide', Published Work
  • 2010, 'Ekleksographia - Hanging Betsy', Recorded Work
  • 2010, 'Speaking Straight', Recorded Work
  • 2010, 'Drunken Boat - Instabilities 2', Recorded Work
  • 2009, 'ProseThetic Memories', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Ubasteyama, Music of the Spirits', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Minimal', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Music of the Spirit - Ubasuteyama', Recorded Work
  • 2008, 'The Erotics of Geography: poems, performance texts, new media works', Published Work
  • 2008, 'Time, The Magician', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Mini-Histories, The Material Poem: An Anthology of Text-based Art and Intermedia Writing', Published Work
  • 2007, 'soundAFFECTs, multimedia work, The Material Poem: An Anthology of Text-based Art and Intermedia Writing', Published Work
  • 2007, 'the space of history in The Material Poem: An Anthology of Text-based Art and Intermedia Writing', Published Work
  • 2007, 'PennSound', Recorded Work
  • 2007, 'She is not on the Internet, The Material Poem: An Anthology of Text-based Art and Intermedia Writing', Published Work
  • 2007, 'Meapsoft Music Showcase', Recorded Work
  • 2007, 'ABC Radio National', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'Emergences', Published Work
  • 2006, 'The reader of my book', Published Work
  • 2006, 'The idea of elegy', Published Work
  • 2006, 'Time the Magician', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'In Camera', Published Work
  • 2006, 'PennSound', Recorded Work
  • 2006, 'First', Published Work
  • 2006, 'Translations', Published Work
  • 2005, 'The Poetics of Uncertainty', Published Work
  • 2004, 'How2', Recorded Work
  • 2004, 'the writer, the performer, the program, the madwoman', Published Work
  • 2003, ''Burnt Dawn', 'The Poet Who Travels', 'Musical Agenders' and 'Heredities'', Published Work
  • 2003, 'Female Geography', Published Work
  • 2003, 'The Egg The Cart The Horse The Chicken', Recorded Work
  • 2002, 'InfLect', Recorded Work
  • 2001, 'Women's Experimental Writing and Globalisation', Published Work
  • 2001, 'Poet Without Language', Published Work
  • 2001, 'Returning the Angles', Recorded Work
  • 2001, 'The Musecal Detective', Published Work
  • 2000, 'Keys Round Her Tongue: Short Prose, Poems and Performance Texts', Published Work
  • 1991, 'Abstractly Represented: Poems and Performance Texts 1982-90', Published Work

My research interests span contemporary poetry, experimental writing, electronic literature, the relationship between literature and music and the creative process. I am a creative writer currently involved in a number of creative projects including writing a new poetry book which will have both mixed-media content and an accompanying website with mutlimedia works.  I am also currently engaged in creative collaborations with environmental artist Sieglinde Karl-Spence, ceramicist Joanna Still and filmmaker Ettore Siracuso. In addition I am involved in an ongoing text generation project with Professor Roger Dean, the MARCS Institute, which uses computational  'deep learning' techniques. 

This information has been contributed by Emeritus Professor Smith.

Previous Projects

Title: Ageing Creatively: Creative Writing as a Tool for Healthy Ageing
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Anthony Uhlmann, Paul Arthur, Christopher Davis, Denis Burnham, Esther Chang, Hazel Smith, Jason Ensor, Rachel Hendery, Rachel Morley and Melinda Jewell
Years: 2015-03-01 - 2016-06-30
ID: P00022526


Emeritus Professor Smith is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: Mapping Invention: The Role of Creative Research in Producing Literary Sense of Place
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: The Representation of Dance in Australian Novels: The Darkness Beyond the Stage-lit Dream
Field of Research: Dance
Thesis Title: The Bogan: Investigating Continuity of an Archetype in the Writing of a Novel, Short Stories, a Play and a Song Cycle
Field of Research: Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Resistance and its Limits in Consumer Society
Field of Research: Communication And Media Studies, N.e.c.; Written Communication; Literature
Thesis Title: Drawn to the Slaughter: Violence in Jazz Novels
Field of Research: Literature; Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Mapping Invention: How Creative Writers Use Experiential Techniques to Produce 'Literary Sense of Place'/'The Fever Diaries': A Novel
Field of Research: Performing Arts; Other Creative Arts; Human Geography
Thesis Title: Ghostspeaking: Heteronyms and the Translation of Poetry
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: Poetry in Prose: Writing the Lyrical Novel
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Echoes and Polyphones: The Choral Poetics of Dan Beachy-Quick and Passage: New Poems
Field of Research: Other Creative Arts

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