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Lachlan has been living in Wagga since 2011. He grew up in Macquarie Fields in Southwest Sydney and completed his PhD at the University of Sydney. In 2008 he was a recipient of the Marten Travelling Bequest for poetry and in 2013 he received an Emerging Writers' Grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. He was the 2021 Lockie Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

He has won the Sydney University Henry Lawson poetry prize, the Macquarie Fields poetry prize, and the Hermes best poem award. Lachlan has also been shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize as well as being shortlisted and commended in the 2014 Newcastle Poetry Prize, highly commended in the 2015 Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize, and runner up in the 2016 Judith Wright Overland Poetry Prize. Lachlan was shortlisted for the 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, was the winner of the 2021 Newcastle Poetry Prize, and also the 2022 Booranga Poetry Prize. 

Lachlan's poems have appeared in journals including CorditeMascaraHeatRabbit, Southerly, St Mark's Review and Island. His first volume of poetry, Limited Cities (Giramondo), was highly commended for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. His second volume of poetry, Lunar Inheritance (Giramondo), explored his Chinese-Australian heritage.

Lachlan has given readings at the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Write Around the Murray Festival, the Newcastle Young Writer's Festival, The Emerging Writers' Festival, Noted Literary Festival, and at the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Conference.

Lachlan has exhibited at ANCA gallery with Dr Tony Curran and has worked on projects combining poetry and photography with James Farley, including the Walking in Isolation project exhibited in Tumbarumba.

Lachlan has judged a number of poetry prizes and has been the chair of the Slessor Panel for the NSW Premier's Prize for Literature. His commission poems include pieces for ABC Everyday and the Powerhouse Museum.

Research Interests

  • Literature and Philosophy
  • Poetry and poetics
  • Poetry and Visual Arts Collaboration
  • Creative practice (poetry)
  • Literature and Theology
  • Literature and Suburbs
  • Contemporary Australian Writing
  • Transnational short fiction
  • Asian-Australian writing
  • Literature and computer games


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