Michael Giacometti is a writer and adventurer based in Alice Springs.
Originally from Melbourne, in 2005 he and his partner set off on an open-ended working-travelling trip around Australia, with a first stop of two years in Tennant Creek. He has variously worked as a computer programmer, teacher's assistant, outdoor educator, trekking guide, Indigenous ranger coordinator, airport shuttle 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 walk across the Simpson Desert, solo and unsupported, from east to west.
Since completing a Diploma of Professional Writing and Editing in 2010, Michael has become one the the NT's prominent emerging writers. He has been described as possessing 'a singular talent with a tremendous ear' [Melanie Ostell, editor/publisher/mentor/agent] whose writing is 'heart-stopping … (perfect)' [Helen Elliott, reviewer The Australian] and 'brave … [with] a deep lyricism' [Patrick West, novelist].
His writing has won several awards, 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), Escape: an anthology of short stories (Spineless Wonders 2011), and Fishtails in the dust: stories from the Centre (Ptilotus Press 2009).
He is currently writing a collection of haiku (Portraits of country), and an outback-gothic novel (This landscape of failure).
He lives in Alice Springs with his partner and camp dog.