Photo: Annette Willis

About Jill Jones

Jill Jones has been widely published in most of the leading literary periodicals in Australia as well as in a number of print magazines in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, Britain, France, the Czech Republic and India. She is also widely published online. Her work has been translated into Chinese, Dutch, Polish, French, Czech, Italian and Spanish. She has been a guest of most of the major literary festivals in Australia as well as at international poetry festivals in Canada and the Czech Republic.

She has collaborated with photographer Annette Willis, artist Bruno Leti, artist and poet Angela Gardner, and other visual and sound artists on a number of print multi-media projects, which have been presented at various festivals and events in Australia, NZ and the UK.

Her book, Broken/Open (Salt 2005), is included in the CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) Reading Australia list of titles.

For nearly seven years, she was Program Manager for the Literature Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. She is currently a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, where she teaches in creative writing and literary studies. From September 2014 until January 2015 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University.

Her work has featured in a number of recent anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry, Contemporary Australian Poetry, The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, various volumes of The Best Australian Poems, and Over There – Poems from Singapore and Australia.

A new book, Brink, is due from Five Islands Press in mid 2017.

Full-length works
  • Breaking the Days, Whitmore Press, Geelong, 2015
  • The Beautiful Anxiety, Puncher and Wattmann, Sydney, 2014
  • Ash is Here, So are Stars, Walleah Press, Hobart, 2012
  • Dark Bright Doors, Wakefield Press, Adelaide, 2010
  • Broken/Open, Salt Publishing, Cambridge, 2005
  • 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

Chapbooks and limited editions

  • The Leaves Are My Sisters, Little Windows Press, Adelaide, 2016 (chapbook)
  • Senses Working Out, Vagabond Press, Sydney, 2012 (chapbook)
  • 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)
  • 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)

As editor

  • Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets. (with Michael Farrell), Puncher and Wattmann, Sydney, 2009
  • A Parachute of Blue: First Choice of Australian Poets, ed. with Judith Beveridge & Louise Wakeling, Round Table Publications, Sydney, 1995
  •  Falling for Grace: An anthology of Australian lesbian fiction, ed. (as Jill Taylor) with Roberta Snow, BlackWattle Press, 1993


  • Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry, 2015, for The Beautiful Anxiety
  • Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize, 2014
  • Booranga Prize for Poetry, 2007, Charles Sturt University through Booranga Writers’ Centre
  • Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2003, (NSW Premier’s Literary Awards) for Screens Jets Heaven: New & Selected Poems
  • Mary Gilmore Award for a first book of poetry (Association for the Study of Australian Literature), 1993, for The Mask and the Jagged Star


  • Shortlisted: Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2011, for Dark Bright Doors
  • Shortlisted: Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, 2006, for Broken/Open
  • Shortlisted: The Age Book of the Year Award, 2005, for Broken/Open
  • Shortlisted: Adelaide Festival Awards, 1998, for The Book of Possibilities
  • Shortlisted: National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Award for Poetry, 1997, for The Book of Possibilities
  • 2nd prize: Robert Harris Poetry Prize, 1997, for “Whispers and Courses” (poem)
  • Highly Commended: Ann Elder Award for a first book of poetry (Fellowship of Australian Writers), 1993, for The Mask and the Jagged Star