Dr Paul Venzo has been a staff member at Deakin since 2003, at both the Geelong and Warrnambool campuses. His academic background is in media and cinema studies, as well as language, literature, and art history. He convenes Deakin’s subject major in Children’s Literature, and specializes in teaching writing and literature for young people. His research is focused around representations of identity, and he has published scholarly work on gender and sexuality, the relationship between subjectivity, place and space, and translation.
Using Venice as inspiration, Paul’s doctoral thesis explored the poetics of subjectivity in poetry in translation. In 2013 his poem “Today, tomorrow, Berlin” was shortlisted for the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Poetry Prize. Paul is co-coordinator of the Literacy Buddies project, which connects Deakin University, the Ardoch Foundation and a Geelong-based primary school, and he recently received a joint Global Partnership Award from Turnitin for his work on promoting academic integrity through teaching and learning online.