Toby Fitch is an Australian poet, editor, bookseller and teacher of creative writing.
His published works include his first full-length collection, Rawshock (2012), which won the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry. In Rawshock, Toby used Rorschach inkblots as metaphors to create a collection of poems described as bringing a ‘new vision and shape to Australian poetry’. His other collections include Jerilderies (2014), and The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau (2016)—a book of antipodes, or inversions, of the prose poems collected in Rimbaud’s Les Illuminations. He has also published two poetry chapbooks—Quarrels and Everyday Static.
Toby is the poetry editor of the Overland literary journal, and the program director for the Australian Poets Festival. He is the organiser and host of the monthly Sappho Poetry Reading Nights Series—a Sydney institution held at Sappho Books, Café and Bar, which has featured emerging and established poets including Les Murray, Gig Ryan, David Malouf and Judith Beveridge. Toby also works as a bookseller, and teaches creative writing at the University of Sydney. He lives in Sydney with his partner and two children.