Jill Jones (2012)

Jill Jones (2012)

Jill Jones (2012) 250 250 Michael King Writers Centre

Jill Jones is an Australian poet who has published six full-length books of poetry including Dark Bright Doors, 2010; Broken/Open, 2005; Screens Jets Heaven: New and Selected Poems, 2002; The Book of Possibilities, 1997; Flagging Down Time, 1993; and The Mask and the Jagged Star, 1992 (which was published by Christchurch publisher, Hazard Press, as part of a trans-Tasman series of poetry books). She has also published a number of chapbooks including Senses Working Out, Vagabond Press, 2012, and Struggle and Radiance: Ten Commentaries, Wild Honey Press, Eire, 2004. A new full-length book, Ash Is Here, So Are Stars, is due in later 2012.

Her major awards include the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2003, for Screens Jets Heaven, and the Mary Gilmore Award, 1993, for The Mask and the Jagged Star. Her books have also been shortlisted in the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (twice), The Age Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Award. Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, ed. Nicholas Jose et al, Allen & Unwin, 2009, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, ed John Kinsella, 2009.

She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis and other visual and sound artists on a number of multi-media projects, which have been presented at various festivals and events. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish. She is a member of the J. M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide.

She has stayed at the Centre in 2010 and in 2012. Both times she was taking part in events organised by the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre through the University of Auckland.