Mike Ladd

Mike Ladd was born to Australian parents in Berkeley, California in 1959. Mike has been working for ABC Radio since 1983, firstly as a sound engineer and then as a producer.

He was the founding editor of Poetica, ABC Radio National's weekly poetry program, which ran from 1997 to 2015, bringing Australian and international poetry to a broad audience. As well as producing many radio features he’s published eight books of his own poetry, and written a dozen radio plays including “Tarsus”, “Man in Restaurant” and “Biological Radio” which was also produced by the BBC. Mike has also directed many radio dramas including the international co-production of “The Golden Gate” by Vikram Seth, “Honk If You Are Jesus” by Peter Goldsworthy, “Sixteen Words for Water” by Billy Marshall Stoneking and “Good Bones” by Margaret Atwood. In 2005 and 2006 he worked with local writers and actors in PNG to create a radio serial in Tok Pisin called “Kunai Strit” which was broadcast on NBC. Currently, Mike works for ABC Radio National’s feature and documentary unit.