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Our next blogger is Jill Jones.
Jill Jones 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. 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, The Age Poetry Book of the Year Award, the Adelaide Festival Literary Awards and the National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Award.
She edited (with Michael Farrell) Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets.
Her work has featured in a number of recent anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry, The Best Australian Poems 2011, and Over There – Poems from Singapore and Australia.
In 2007 she was a featured reader at the 23rd Festival International de la Poésie in Trois-Rivières, Canada, in 2009 she took part in the Micro-Poetry Festival in Prague and Brno, and in 2010 and 2012, she took part in poetry symposiums at the University of Auckland.
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.