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π.O. (Pi.O.) is a legendary figure in the Australian poetry scene. Born in Greece and brought up in Fitzroy, he is a chronicler of Melbourne and its culture and migrations, and a highly disciplined anarchist who has worked as a draughtsman for forty years to support his art. He is a publisher and editor, and the author of many collections, including Fitzroy Poems, Big Numbers: New and Selected Poems, and the epic works 24 Hours, Fitzroy: The Biography, and HEIDE. Published by Giramondo in 2019, HEIDE won the 2020 Judith Wright Calanthe Award and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry. His latest book is The Tour (Giramondo 2023).
A conversation between poet PiO, and Giramondo Publisher, Ivor Indyk, about PiO's Judith Wright Calanthe Award-winning book Heide. Hosted by Readings, 2020.