Ms Jill Jones

Senior Lecturer
Ms Jill Jones
  Org Unit English and Creative Writing
  Telephone +61 8 8313 0098
  Location Floor/Room 5 07 ,  Napier Building ,   North Terrace

Jill Jones’ work has been widely published in Australia as well as in a number of print magazines in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Britain and India. She is also widely published online. In 2007 she was featured at the 23rd Festival International de la Poésie in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Polish, French, Italian and Spanish.

In 1993 she won the Mary Gilmore Award for her first book of poetry, The Mask and the Jagged Star (Hazard Press). Her third book, The Book of Possibilities (Hale & Iremonger), was shortlisted for the 1997 National Book Council 'Banjo' Awards and the 1998 Adelaide Festival Awards.

Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards).

Her latest books are The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattmann 2014), Ash is Here, So are Stars (Walleah Press, 2012) and a chapbook, Senses Working Out (Vagabond Press, 2012); a sixth full length work, Dark Bright Doors, (Wakefield Press, 2010), which was short-listed for the 2011 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize; Broken/Open (Salt, 2005), which was short-listed for The Age Book of the Year 2005 and the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize; Fold Unfold (Vagabond, 2005) poems written in response to paintings and a handwritten book; and Speak Which (Meritage Press, 2007).

She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis on a number of cross-artform projects. She was a co-convenor of The Whole Voice, the second Australian national conference on poetry, held in Sydney in 1995. She served as a judge for the 1995 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, was a co-judge for the inaugural Broadway Poetry Prize in 2001 and was a member of the Sydney Writers Festival committee in 1996. She was a co-founder, with Laurin McKinnon, of BlackWattle Press, and in 1995 she co-edited (with Judith Beveridge and Louise Wakeling) A Parachute of Blue, an anthology of contemporary Australian poetry. With Michael Farrell, she co-edited a selection of Australian love poetry for a 2003 edition of Slope online magazine. She has been a film reviewer, journalist, book editor and arts administrator. For nearly seven years, she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.


The Beautiful Anxiety, Puncher and Wattmann, 2014

Ash is Here, So are Stars, Walleah Press, 2012

Senses Working Out, Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2012

Dark Bright Doors, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, 2010

Questions for Light, with images by Bruno Leti, Carlton, 2008 (artist book designed and published by Bruno Leti, limited edition of 22)

The Romance of Death, with Annette Willis to accompany photography exhibition at Horsham Regional Gallery, 2008 (artist book)

Speak Which, Meritage Press, San Francisco and St Helens, 2007 (hand-written mini book)

Broken/Open, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, 2005

Fold Unfold, Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2005 (chapbook)

Where the Sea Burns, Picaro Press, Warners Bay, 2004 (chapbook)

Struggle and Radiance: Ten Commentaries, Wild Honey Press, Bray, 2004 (chapbook)

Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, 2002

The Book of Possibilities, Hale and Iremonger, Sydney, 1997

Flagging Down Time, Five Islands Press, Wollongong, 1993

The Mask and the Jagged Star, Hazard Press, Christchurch, 1992

Publications in 2011

Poems in anthologies:
The Best Australian Poems 2011
, ed. John Tranter, Black Inc Press, Melbourne, 2011

Poems in Periodicals:

Australian Poetry Journal
Blackbox Manifold
Cordite Poetry Review

Foma and Fontanelles
Mascara Literary Review



The Saturday Age
The Weekend Australian

Publications in 2010

Dark Bright Doors,
Wakefield Press, Kent Town, 2010

Poems In anthologies:
The Best Australian Poems 2010
, ed. Robert Adamson, Black Inc Press, Melbourne, 2010

Publications in 2009

Poems in anthologies:
The Best Australian Poems 2009,
ed. Robert Adamson, Black Inc Press, 2009
Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature,
General Editor, Nicholas Jose, Allen & Unwin, 2009
Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry 1986-2008,
eds Jennifer Harrison and Kate Waterhouse, Puncher and Wattman, 2009
Harbour City Poems: Sydney in Verse 1788 – 2008
, ed. Martin Langford, Puncher and Wattman, 2009
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry,
ed. John Kinsella, Penguin, 2009

Poems in periodicals:
Blue Dog
The Famous Reporter
Quarterly Literary Review Singapore

Publications in 2008


Poems in anthologies:
The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, ed John Kinsella, Penguin Books, 2008
The Best Australian Poetry 2008
, ed. David Brooks, University of Queensland Press, 2008
The Best Australian Poems 2008, ed. Peter Rose, Black Inc Press, 2008
The Second Hay(na)ku Anthology, eds Jean Vengua and Mark Young, Meritage Press (USA) and X-Pressed (Finland) (2008)

Poems in periodicals:
The Australian Literary Review
The Australian
Australian Book Review

E-X-C-H-A-N-G-E-V-A-L-U-E-S: The Final XIV Interviews + One, ed by Tom Beckett, Otoliths Press, 2008.


CategoriesArts & Culture, Literature & Publishing
Expertisepoetry; creative writing; Australian literature; publishing; digital writing
NotesWon the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards) for Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems, 2003. Won the Mary Gilmore Award for 'The Mask and the Jagged Star', 1993.

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