I’m very excited and honoured to be part of the Australian Book Review’s States of Poetry Queensland, Series Two. Thank you to the wonderful editor Felicity Plunkett for having me as part of the series in 2017, among such fabulous poets including Zenobia Frost, Pascalle Burton, David Stavanger, Sam Wagan Watson and Liam Ferney. You can read my poems featured here.
I am so thrilled to make the shortlist for two categories in the 2017 Queensland Literary Awards. My unpublished memoir How to Knit a Human is shortlisted for the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award. I am also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award. Thank you to my family, friends and wonderful mentors for your support – it means so much. The winners will be announced at the Queensland Literary Awards Ceremony night on Wednesday October 4. For more details on the full shortlists, view the website here.
I am grateful to the judges for their lovely comments below:
Manuscript award comments
How to Knit a Human is a moving and beautifully crafted memoir of a young woman’s close encounter with mental illness and her attempts to piece together the lost months of her life. The prose is clear and immediate and supported by vivid imagery and unusual insight. Using the metaphor of knitting, which the author takes up as she is recovering, it weaves together Jewish culture, the writer’s creative journey and an exploration of mental illness. This is a remarkable and ultimately uplifting story that deftly combines a literary narrative structure with life writing.
Young Writer award comments
Anna Jacobson’s poetry has a quiet, elegance that greatly impressed the judging panel. Her meditative, introspective verse makes her one of Queensland poetry’s brightest new lights.
On Sunday 27th August at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival, I was on a panel about Poetry and Mental Health. Sharing my experience was so incredible— I felt honoured to be part of it. I will never forget the feeling in the room and seeing the audience connect with my words alongside panelists Paula Keogh (author of The Green Bell) and Justin Heazlewood (The Bedroom Philosopher). The session was chaired at the Judith Wright Centre by David Stavanger. Annie and David are magnificent, warm-hearted co-directors who made QPF 2017 Distant Voices one of my favourites yet. Each day was inspiring, thought provoking and exciting. Over the festival I met poets I admired, made new friends and caught up with wonderful old friends. Thank you Annie and David for bringing our distant voices to the fore.
Curated by Kieran Swann and commissioned by The Good Room, two of Anna’s artworks were printed on flags as part of an exhibition for Brave New Worlds (Jacob’s Ladder, King Edward Park). The flags were displayed from 19-22 July 2017. Her poem ‘The Day the Letterbox Ate the Painted Rose on My Mother’s Antique Watch‘ was also selected as part of a sound installation for These Frozen Moments (Metro Arts Laneway) on 28 July 2017.
I am excited to let you know that I am a finalist in the 2017 Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award for my digital collage on canvas titled ‘My Nana is a Mermaid’. You are all welcome to the opening night and announcement of the winner on Saturday 10 June from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs from 9-18 June 2017 at the Lethbridge Gallery, 136 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington, Brisbane.
I’m thrilled to have my poem ‘On Photographing Poets’ and some of my photographs (of poets) in Small Packages Issue 12. You can read the poem here.
I am very excited that I am a finalist for my flash fiction piece ‘Pear and Quince’, which will be published as part of The Westbury Faery, a hardcover illustrated book, forthcoming in 2017.
Anna is one of the Red Room Company’s commissioned ‘Poetry Object’ poets for 2017. You can read her poem ‘Nana’s Shower Cap Brooch’ and listen to the audio here.
I’m excited to have a stall at the Brisbane Twilight Markets on 2nd December 2016, 4-9pm at King George Square. I will be selling a range of cards featuring my photography and illustrations (thanks Tim for your wonderful printing at Westside Printing). I’m also selling my handmade necklace creations! I would love to see you all there!
Anna was excited that her poems ‘The Forest’ and ‘Icy Fruit’ were selected by Di Bates for Our Home is Dirt by Sea (Walker Books), an anthology of poetry for children. Below are her poems.
Silent as a mosquito whine just beyond hearing.
A lizard lies languid, tastes the air with its thick blue tongue.
A goanna runs up a gum tree, claws digging into bark.
A scrub turkey dashes across the path.
I sit on the timber seat halfway up the mountain,
careful of the red-back’s nest underneath.
Leaves dance with the first drops of rain. Birds call out.
A tree dribbles sap, sticky as honey. The downpour starts—
I am drenched in the forest’s earthy scent.
First published in Our Home is Dirt By Sea, Walker Books 2016