Jill Jones has published eight full-length books of poetry, and a number of chapbooks. 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 The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattmann 2014), which won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, Ash is Here, So are Stars (Walleah Press 2012), and a chapbook, Senses Working Out (Vagabond Press 2012). Other works include 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 Poetry Book of the Year 2005 and the 2006 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, and Screens, Jets, Heaven: New and Selected Poems (Salt 2002), which won the 2003 Kenneth Slessor Prize. With Michael Farrell, she co-edited Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher & Wattmann 2009).

Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, The Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. Her poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Italian, Czech and Spanish.

She has been an invited guest at most of the major literary festivals in Australia as well as poetry festivals in Canada and the Czech Republic, and has appeared as a featured reader in events in the US, UK and NZ. Poems have been translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Czech, Italian and Spanish. 

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. She served as a judge for the 1995 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, and was a member of the Sydney Writers’ Festival committee in 1996. 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. In 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

Website: http://www.jilljones.com.au

Blog: http://rubystreet.blogspot.com  



  • Jill Jones on Red Room Radio
  • Wave
  • The Slide
  • Afternoon Grey In
  • My Ruined Lyrics
  • The Beautiful Anxiety


  • Jill Jones Poems to Share
  • Jill Jones in The Disappearing