Dr Ania Walwicz was an Australian poet and play-wright. Born in Swidnica, Poland, she emigrated to Australia in 1963 and was educated at Melbourne's Victorian College of Arts and the University. She was a writer-in-residence at Australian universities and was well-known for performances of her work.
She remains widely admired for her highly experimental poetry, which rejects the conventional structures of free-verse in favour of the prose-poem form, but creates energetic rhythms through patterns of grammatical and tonal recurrence. Walwicz's principal collections include Writing (1982), re-issued as Travel/Writing in 1989, Boat (1989), and Red Roses (1992). Her theatrical pieces include Girlboytalk (1986), Dissecting Mice (1989), Elegant (1990), Elegant (2013), Palace of Culture (2014) and Horse (2018).
Ania taught at RMIT University for thirty years and passed away in late 2020. She will be greatly missed throughout the industry.
Vale Ania Walwicz by George Dunford, ArtsHub, 12 October 2020.
When Someone Great Is Gone: Remembering Ania Walwicz by Jacinda Woodhead, Clare Strahan and Benjamin Laird, Overland, 13 October 2020.
Vale Ania Walicz by Stephanie Holt, Books+Publishing, 14 October 2020.
The Loss of an Infinite Talent by Jane Sullivan, The Age, 30 October 2020.
Ania Walwicz: Rebel with a cause by Sarah Matthews with special thanks to Ellie Brady and Clare Strahan, State Library of Victoria, 9 November 2020.