Vito writes scripts and helps make short films. Recently my love of writing has taken me towards poetry, where I spend many afternoons writing. Only fairly recently, since turning 30, have I decided to enter some work into a handful of different Australian poetry competitions. Lately I was lucky enough to have won first prize in the Shoalhaven Literary Award 2014 for my poem Will Break My Bones, a tale of a woman, Adelaide, in her 90s who reflects on her life in a remote forest before dying. The poem explores Adelaide’s life from a small child to an elderly woman through a series of reflections. I also won first prize in Brimbank Writers Awards 2013 for a poem on a lively and animated bookcase titled The Collection, and was also shortlisted for the Ada Cambridge Poetry Prize 2014 for the short poem Stephen King Cooks Breakfast. In 2015, my poem titled Whispers 1915 will feature in an anthology of poetry to help commemorate the ANZAC centenary.
Vito will be working on a new piece of poetry during his residency at Bundanon.