Jill Jones

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 latest books are 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-art form 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. She lives in Adelaide.