b. 1990 Adelaide, South Australia. Studied English Literature at the University of Adelaide. Graduated with Honours in Creative Writing (2014). Travelled extensively as part of various musical projects throughout Europe, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Lives in Adelaide, South Australia. Currently teaching English & Creative Writing and undertaking a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide. Most recently has taken on the role of curating the monthly poetry reading series NO WAVE at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

The following is a more or less complete list of publications, awards and collaborative projects. Links to many of these can be found by clicking on the ‘LINKS’ tab above and more information about the collaborative projects can be accessed through the ‘BLOG’ tab.


  • ‘NOW NOW’ from Garron Press (SA) (forthcoming October 2018)

  • ‘MINOR SECONDS’ from Little Windows Press (SA/Scotland) (forthcoming November 2018)


  • ’T.E.O.T.W.A.W.K.I’ in Transnational Literature Vol 11 Issue 1 (forthcoming)

  • ‘Above us the great grave sky’ in 2018 Australian Poetry Anthology Vol 6 August 2018

  • ‘MAXXI’, ‘Ode to TOM ROBERTS’, and ‘An Arsonist’s Guide to Conceptual Art’ in SWAMP Postgraduate Creative Writing Magazine Issue 22 September 2018

  • ‘Chin State, Myanmar’ in COLDNOON International Journal of Travel Writing (IND) August 2018

  • ‘Leaves —After Rilke’ in Mantra (US) Issue 2 May 2018

  • ‘GHOSTS’ in Broadsheet (NZ) Special Issue 20 November 2017


  • Symes, D 2018 “A ‘Meandering’ Line: The Effect of Indeterminacy in a Gallery Ekphrasis” Axon Creative Explorations 8:1

  • Symes, D 2018 “Review Short: Eddie Paterson’s redactor Cordite Online

  • Symes, D 2017 “Ekphrasis as ‘Event’: Poets Paint Words and the ‘Performance’ of Ekphrasis in Australia” Cordite 58.1

Photo Credit: Olivia Wells

Photo Credit: Olivia Wells


  • Selected for ‘States of Poetry’ South Australia, Australian Book Review 2018

  • Featured Poet at Adelaide Writers Week, Adelaide 2017

  • Selected for ‘Award Winning Australian Writing 2016’, Melbourne Books 2016

  • Winner of ‘Best Poem Published in Voiceworks’, Express Media Awards 2015 

Photo Credit: Priya Pavri

Photo Credit: Priya Pavri


  • ‘iMMi’ with Visual Artist Kaspar Schmitt Mumm, Adelaide, 2017 - ongoing

  • ‘Spirits of Time and Place’ with Sculptor Geoffrey Riccardo, Melbourne, 2017

  • ‘Paradise’ with Photographer TJ McCammon, Designer Tristan Kerr, Adelaide-Melbourne 2017

  • ‘Shanghai Fever’ with Photographer TJ McCammon, Adelaide, 2016

Contact Dominic via: dom.symes@gmail.com

The photography contained on this website is from my iPhone, the phones and cameras of my friends and family; Chris, Olivia, Priya and Elsa. The main image on the home page is taken by Isadora Vadasz.