Born in June 1994, Coburn grew up on his family’s farm in Woodstock, Victoria, where his father was a horse trainer and later a greyhound trainer, which is the subject of much of his work.
His work has appeared in many national and overseas publications such as Poetry, Meanjin, Island and Westerly. His poems have also been represented in notable anthologies including Writing to the Wire (UWA Publishing, 2016) and To End All Wars (Puncher & Wattman, 2018).
Coburn’s books include Rain Season (Picaro Press, 2013) and The Other Flesh (UWA Publishing, 2019), and he is also the author of several chapbooks, pamphlets and collaborative works.
Robert Adamson, one of Australia’s leading poets and editors, has noted that Coburn’s poems “come from tough experiences, yet are created with a muscular craft that glows with alert intelligence” and that they “create an inner life that draws in the reader” which “shimmers with light as much as it burns with ferocity.”
Coburn has performed his work all over Australia, including featured readings at The Wheeler’s Centre and La Mama Poetica, and has appeared as a guest at literary festivals such as the Sydney Writers Festival and Perth Poetry Festival.
In late 2020, a limited edition collection of Coburn’s poems about horses, titled Equestria, was published in an edition of 26 signed and lettered copies, printed by Nicholas Pounder at Polar Bear Press, as well as 10 additional special editions which included a print by leading Australian artist G.W. Bot.
He is currently working on a new full-length collection of poems entitled Rodeo. His first play The Burrow is forthcoming.
Coburn’s debut, self-titled album of poetry recordings will be released in 2021.
He also writes non-fiction, primarily about the sport of rodeo.
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