In 2005 Michael Giacometti and his partner left Victoria on an open-ended working-travelling trip around Australia. He has variously worked as a computer programmer, outdoor educator, trekking guide, Indigenous ranger coordinator, bus driver, supermarket shelf-stacker, art production manager and marketer, mineral surveyor, and retail sales manager.
In 2008 he became the first (and only) person to walk across the Simpson Desert, solo and unassisted, from east to west.
His writing has won several awards (including NT Literary Award for Poetry 2012), and has been published in Meanjin, Island, Wild, and several anthologies including Cracking the Spine: ten short Australian stories and how they were written(Spineless Wonders 2014), Bruno’s Song and other stories from the Northern Territory (NT Writers’ Centre 2011), andHow to look after your poet in the event of a cyclone (NT Writers’ Centre 2009). Michael was a poet-in-residence within the Central Australian Bushwalking club for The Red Room Company’s Clubs & Societies project and created a six-pack pamphlet of poems, With the first step.
He has been described as possessing ‘a singular talent with a tremendous ear’ [Melanie Ostell, editor/agent] whose writing is ‘heart-stopping … (perfect)’ [Helen Elliott, reviewerThe Australian] and ‘brave … [with] a deep lyricism’ [Patrick West, novelist].
Currently he is working on a collection of haiku (Portraits of country), and an outback-gothic novel (This landscape of failure). A debut collection of short fiction will be published by Spineless Wonders in 2017.
He lives in Alice Springs with his partner and camp dog.