1927 in Australian literature and Sandow Birk

The year 1927 in Australian literature involves some significant new books, drama, poetry and events.

For an overview of world literature see 1927 in literature.

See also: 1926 in Australian literature, 1927 in Australia, 1928 in Australian literature.

Contents 1 Books 2 Poetry 3 Short stories 4 Children's and Young Adult fiction 5 Births 6 Deaths 7 See also 8 References

Books Marie Bjelke-Petersen — The Moon Minstrel Bernard Cronin Red Dawson White Gold Zora Cross — Sons of the Seven Mile James Devanney — The Currency Lass : A Tale of the Convict Days Mabel Forrest Hibiscus Heart White Witches Mary Gaunt — Saul's Daughter Ion Idriess — Madman's Island Jack McLaren — The Chain Helen Simpson — Cups, Wands and Swords Poetry Main article: 1927 in poetry Mabel Forrest — Poems Mary Gilmore "The Tenancy" "Turn to Grass" Lesbia Harford "Lovers Parted" "This Way Only" Vernon Knowles — The Ripening Years John Shaw Neilson New Poems Will H. Ogilvie — Hunting Rhymes Percival Serle, R. H. Croll & Frank Wilmot — An Australasian Anthology : Australian and New Zealand Poems Kenneth Slessor — "Country Towns" Douglas Stewart — "Rock Carving" David McKee Wright — "From Dark Rosaleen" Judith Wright — "Trapped Dingo" Short stories Jean Devanny — Old Savage and Other Stories Xavier Herbert — "The Atheist" Vernon Knowles — Silver Nutmegs Vance Palmer — "The Stump" Katharine Susannah Prichard "The Cooboo" "Happiness" Children's and Young Adult fiction W. M. Fleming — The Hunted Piccaninnies Lilian Turner — Nina Comes Home Births

A list, ordered by date of birth (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of births in 1927 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of death. 3 February — Grace Perry, poet, playwright and editor (died 1987) 25 April — Peter Yeldham, playwright and novelist 6 June — Alan Seymour, playwright 24 August — David Ireland, novelist Deaths

A list, ordered by date of death (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of deaths in 1927 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of birth. 15 April — Maybanke Anderson, author (born 1845) 5 July — Lesbia Harford, poet (born 1891) 15 August — George Gordon McCrae, poet (born 1833) See also 1927 in poetry List of years in literature List of years in Australian literature

Sandow Birk and 1927 in Australian literature

Sandow Birk (born 1962 in Detroit) is an American illustrator and graphic artist from Southern California, whose work deals mainly with contemporary American culture. Five books have been published on his works and he has made two films. With an emphasis on social issues, his frequent themes have included inner city violence, graffiti, various political issues, travel, prisons, surfing and skateboarding, and most recently a series on "Death in America" and the war in Iraq.

Contents 1 Career 2 Awards 3 Published titles 4 References 5 External links


Birk is a graduate of Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design (now Otis College of Art and Design) in Los Angeles.

In 2000, Birk exhibited an epic, pseudo-historical series entitled "In Smog and Thunder”, describing a "Great War of the Californias" in which Los Angeles and San Francisco wage all-out war for control of California, at the Laguna Art Museum. The series included such titles as "The Great Battle of Los Angeles".

His series of idyllic landscape paintings of every one of California's 33 state prisons was exhibited at the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum in 2001. A book has been published on the project, entitled Incarcerated: Visions of California in the 21st Century. In 2002, Birk expanded this project by depicting all of New York State's maximum security prisons in the style of Hudson River School artists from the 19th century. The project was exhibited in New York at Debs and Co. Gallery and works from the series are included in the collection of the New York Historical Society.

In 2005, Birk collaborated with writer Marcus Sanders on a rewriting and illustrating of the entirety of Dante's Divine Comedy, in which Dante and Virgil wander among the souls of the afterworld and discuss faith and philosophy with historical figures. The 13th century poem was translated into contemporary American English by Sanders, while Birk provided illustrations that adapt Gustave Dore's classic illustrations into 21st century imagery. Birk's illustrations were exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2005 and traveled to several institutions. The work was later published in three volumes.

A feature film adaptation of the Dante project, entitled Dante's Inferno was made by Birk and Sanders in collaboration with Paul Zaloom, Sean Meredith, and Elyse Pignolet. Starring the voices of Dermot Mulroney and James Cromwell as Dante and Virgil respectively, the film was featured at film festivals across the United States in 2007, garnering awards for "Best Director" at the Silverlake Film Festival and "Audience Favorite" at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival a.k.a. IndieFest.

In September 2009, Catharine Clark Gallery showed American Qur'an, an exhibition of fifteen sutras of the Qur'an which Birk inscribed in English and decorated with contemporary American scenes. Awards

Birk was a recipient of an NEA International Travel Grant to Mexico City in 1995, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1996, and a Fulbright Fellowship to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for 1997. In 1999 he was awarded a Getty Fellowship for painting, followed by a City of Los Angeles (COLA) Fellowship in 2001.

In 2007 Sandow Birk was awarded an Artist in Residence Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. While there, he researched and worked on an upcoming project of the "Illustrated Constitution of the United States", scheduled for exhibition at PPOW Gallery in New York City in 2008. Published titles

Published works including Birk's art: Sandow Birk's "In Smog and Thunder : Historical works from The Great War of the Californias" / curated by Tyler Stallings, (Laguna Beach, Calif.: Laguna Art Museum, c2000). ISBN 0-86719-497-9 Incarcerated : visions of California in the 21st century: paintings and prints from the Prisonation series / by Sandow Birk, (Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum ; San Francisco, CA : Last Gasp, c2001). ISBN 0-86719-534-7 (pbk.) Dante’s Paradiso / illustrated by Sandow Birk ; text adapted by Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders ; preface by Peter S. Hawkins ; foreword by Mary Campbell ; introduction by Michael F. Meister, (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, c2005). ISBN 0-8118-4720-9 Dante’s Purgatorio / illustrated by Sandow Birk ; text adapted by Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders ; preface by Marcia Tanner ; introduction by Michael F. Meister, (San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books, c2005). ISBN 0-8118-4719-5 (pbk.) Dante’s Inferno / illustrated by Sandow Birk ; text adapted by Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders. Inferno. English, (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, c2004). ISBN 0-8118-4213-4 (pbk.)
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