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Jane Williams

Jane Williams was born in England in 1964 and is based in Tasmania, Australia. Since the early 1990s her poems have been published in most major Australian literary journals and newspapers, in periodicals and online in countries including Ireland, USA, Canada, England, Japan, Sweden and India. She has been a featured reader at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, Canada, USA, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Book publication
2017 Part Of The Main due September with Ginninderra Press
2013 Days Like These - selected and new poems, published by Interactive Press.
2011 City of Possibilities, published by Interactive Press
2008 Begging the Question, published by Ginninderra Press.
2007 Some Towns and other poems, chap book by Picaro Press
2005 The Last Tourist, published by Five Islands Press in 2006.
1998 Outside Temple Boundaries, published by Five Islands press 1998

Grants
2015 Copyright Agency Career Fund toward a three month residency in Slovakia
2013 Australia Council Grant for a reading tour promoting ‘City of Possibilities’
2008 Australian Council and Arts Tasmania to complete ‘Begging the question’
2005 Australia council to complete ‘The Last Tourist’

Awards and prizes include
2014 Highly commended Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize
2005 Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize
2005 DJ O’Hearn Memorial fellowship
1998 Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award for ‘Outside Temple Boundaries’

Residencies
2016 Bridge Guard Art and Science Centre Sturovo, Slovakia
2005 Australian Centre, University of Melbourne
1997 Booranga Writers centre NSW Australia
1996 Varuna, Blue Mountains NSW Australia

Artistic collaborations
Jane has a strong interest in working collaboratively with other artists. Some of her poems have been developed in collaboration with other poets, sculptors, painters, photographers and animators. In recent years working with and participating in:
 
2013 The Research and Development Department of the Institute of Animation in Germany as part of their Muses of Poetry project (an interactive installation making use of character animation, voice synthesis and affective semantic analysis of poems, in real-time).
 
2013 Poets and Painters exhibition at the Bett Gallery in Hobart (an exhibition of 20 poets and painters responding to each others work). Following the exhibition Jane’s poem ‘A note to the guest from housekeeping’ inspired by Pat Brassington’s photographic artwork ‘The Guest’ was one of four selected as part of a two page spread in issue 25 of the contemporary Australian visual arts magazine Artist Profile.
 
2011 The Hobart Bell Ringers Association to produce a series of poems as part of the Red Room’s Clubs and Societies project

Anthologies in which some of Jane Williams’ poems appear include:
 
2016 Writing To The Wire Anthology, poems on asylum seekers edited by Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, University of Western Australia Publishing.
 
2016 Contemporary Australian Poetry, edited by Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson, and David Musgrave. Puncher and Wattmann
 
2016 Everything About Us anthology showcasing writers who have taken part in Malaysia’s longest-running literary event Readings@Seksan Editor Sharon Bakar
 
2015 Best Australian Poems, edited by Geoff Page, Black Inc. Australia
 
2015 We Society Poetry Anthology, edited by Jack Ross. Printable Reality. New Zealand
 
2013 Women’s Work: A collection of contemporary women poets eds Libby Hathorn, Rachel Bailey, Pax Press
 
2012 Haiku News Anthology, edited by Dick Whyte and Laurence Stacey, Lawrence and Gibson New Zealand.
 
2009 Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry 1986-2008 eds Jennifer Harrison and Kate Waterhouse, Puncher and Wattmann
 
2007 The Road South – Anthology of Contemporary Australian poetry ed Ron Pretty Kolkuta, India: Bengal Creations
 
2006 Best Australian Poems 2006 ed Dorothy Porter, Black Inc

Editing/publishing
2014 – present Communion online literary journal, with Ralph Wessman
1995 – 1998 ars poetica poetry journal

Qualifications MA in Creative Writing from Canberra University.