Jennifer Maiden was born in Penrith, New South Wales, and has had 21 books published: 19 poetry collections and 2 novels.

Her latest collection, Drones and Phantoms, was published by Giramondo in 2014, and won the 2015 ALS Gold Medal.

She was the subject of the half-hour documentary, 'Field Notes', a co-production of The Red Room Company and the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.



1974: Tactics. (UQP, 1974)
1975: The Problem of Evil. (Prism, 1975)
1975: The Occupying Forces. (Gargoyle, 1975)
1977: Mortal Details. (Rigmarole, 1977)
1978: Birthstones. (Angus & Robertson, 1978)
1979: The Border Loss. (Angus & Robertson, 1979)
1981: For The Left Hand. (South Head, 1981)
1988: The Trust. (Black Lightning, 1988)
1990: Bastille Day. (NLA, 1990)
1990: Selected Poems of Jennifer Maiden. (Penguin, 1990)
1990: The Winter Baby. (Angus & Robertson, 1990)
1993: Acoustic Shadow. (Penguin, 1993)
1999: Mines. (Paper Bark, 1999) ISBN 90-5704-046-8
2005: Friendly Fire (Giramondo, 2005)
2010: Pirate Rain (Giramondo, 2010)
2012: Intimate Geography: Selected Poems 1991-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2012)
2012: Liquid Nitrogen (Giramondo, 2012) 2013: The Violence of Waiting (Vagabond Press, 2013)
2014: Drones and Phantoms (Giramondo, 2014)


1982: The Terms. (Hale & Iremonger, 1982)
1990: Play With Knives. (Allen & Unwin, 1990)


Among Jennifer Maiden's many awards are three Kenneth Slessor Prizes for Poetry, two C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry,the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, the H.M. Butterly-F.Earle Hooper Award (University of Sydney), the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Prize, the FAW Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry, two The Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year awards, the overall Melbourne Age Book of the Year and the ALS Gold Medal. She has had residencies at the Australian National University, the University of Western Sydney, Springwood High School and the New South Wales Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Service. She has been awarded several Fellowships by the Australia Council.


  • Jennifer Maiden 'Day Release'


  • Field Notes - Jennifer Maiden