Ross's poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. He has also had poems taken in the United States and New Zealand. His work has been broadcast on Radio National’s Poetica and community radio. He appears on the CD of a live reading, You Have Been Chosen. The Blue Dressing Gown was published in 2011 by Profile Poetry. Tightrope Horizon (Five Islands Press) was published in 2003. Shh and other love poems and My Ship were published by Mark Time Books in 2009. Shh has been anthologized in Poems for All Occasions and elsewhere. In 2014 Ross published Awakening: Poems from the collection of the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Light Travelling: a Sampler of New and Selected Poems. His latest book is Sjøvegen (The Sea Road): see News, below for details.
In 2009 Ross was awarded the Varuna Writers' House Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry, and in 2010 he was awarded the Wenlock Festival Poetry Prize within the Arvon International Poetry Competition by chief judge, Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.
In 2011 Ross won a second international poetry prize, The Melbourne Poet's Union International Poetry Prize with Midsummer Night, a poem he wrote while in residency in western Norway. He was also shortlisted for The Bridport Prize from 8,200 entries.
Ross was Poet in Residence at the Castlemaine Art Gallery for the Centenary Celebrations in 2013. He was in the Gallery each weekend writing and chatting to visitors. Awakenings: Poems from the Collection (Mark Time Books) is available from the Gallery shop. There were walking and reading tours of the gallery in 2014 after Fr Ken Parker launched the book. The Blue Dressing Gown is also available from the Gallery shop.
In 2014 Ross completed a successful tour of Europe where he had residencies in Romania and Norway. He read at the Boyle Arts Festival in Ireland and spent time in England, the Netherlands and Italy.
Radio National's Poetica featured the 'Father' sequence of poems in June 2013. These are selected poems from The Blue Dressing Gown (publishing details in the left-hand panel).
He was judge of the Castlemaine Poetry Prize which has been running from the inaugural competition in 2011 to 2014. The children's section has grown tenfold with 360 entries this year. Nearly all primary schools in Mount Alexander Shire were represented, and high-school students from Castlemaine, Bendigo, Woodend, and Gisborne submitted poems.
Ross presented a Poets' Breakfast at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, reading poems and giving an entertaining discourse on What is Poetry?.
In 2015 Ross travels again to Europe to be present for his book launch in Norway, as well as reading in Galway at Over the Edge, the Wenlock Poetry Festival, Eat Up in Shrewsbury and at a symposium in Timisoara, western Romania where David Crystal is keynote speaker.
This is the third time Ross has read at Wenlock and he returns for follow-up gigs in Shrewsbury and Galway.
His latest book, Sjøvegen (The Sea Road), will be launched in Ålvik, Norway, on 1 May 2015, International Labor Day, an important day for this industrial village in Hardanger.
All of the 50 tanka draw inspiration from the world around Hardangerfjord are translated into nynorsk, the more 'poetic' form of Norwegian spoken in western Norway. Students from the local school have completed the translations with the help of teacher, Kristin Holst and kulturshif (Arts Officer), Knut Makrhus.
Back in Castlemaine, Ross has been in Discussion with Castlemaine Art Gallery director, Jennifer Kalonis, to produce four art/poetry events per year. Inn addition, Ross is planning to do 'pop up' poetry readings in the towns and hamlets around Castlemaine, beginning later this year.
Ross organized monthly poetry readings in four different venues in the Castlemaine district for over ten years.
Ross in Schools
Since 2010, Ross has been Speaker and Reader at Castlemaine Secondary College. Ross has also been Writer in Residence at Presentation College, Windsor and Catholic College, Bendigo.
Ross has been a consultant for the biennial Castlemaine State Festival. He acted as convenor, MC and performer from 2005-2013 and has plans for a new show for the 2015 festival (13-22 March 2015).