I am so grateful to have received beautiful endorsements for my second poetry collection Anxious in a Sweet Store, forthcoming in September 2023, with Upswell. You can read these endorsements (and also a pre-review) here.
Thank you to poet and academic Dr Jane Frank for interviewing me and writing a paper about my dream-inspired poetry and video art. ‘When dreams turn archaeological: the poetic dreamscapes of Anna Jacobson’ is freely available to view in Text.
I’m excited to announce that Anxious in a Sweet Store, my second illustrated poetry collection, will be published in September 2023, with thanks to Upswell.
Thank you to the incredible Felicity Plunkett for mentoring me on this project. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body through the Resilience Create Fund. This project has also been assisted by a Queensland Writers Fellowship. The Queensland Writers Fellowships are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and State Library of Queensland.
I feel honoured to be shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2022, among so many poets I admire. Congratulations to: Shastra Deo, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Jessica Wilkinson, Jill Jones, Rozanna Lilley, Bonny Cassidy, Anne Casey, Heather Taylor Johnson and Audrey Molloy. Further details are over at Red Room Poetry here. My sincere thanks to the judges: Charmaine Papertalk Green, Andy Jackson and Rachael Mead.
I am over the moon and beyond to have won the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing in the Open Creative Nonfiction Category. This was incredibly special for me as it means an extract from my memoir manuscript is now published in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020 for the first time. You can download the eBook version of the anthology here.
You can also watch the announcement and reading from an excerpt of my work (read by actor Dennis Coard) at the 10min mark here.
Thank you so much to the judges Claire Coleman and Jeff Sparrow. In their judges’ report they say: ‘
‘As all our certainties collapse around us, we need truth, more than ever, but we also require writers with the poet’s ability to turn a phrase and make the familiar feel strange and the strange, recognisable.’
I feel very honoured and grateful to have won this prize.
I’m very excited to be running an upcoming online ZOOM poetry workshop through the wonderful Avid Reader. Book your place here.
Join me online on Sunday 26 July from 1pm-4pm, as we explore using our memories as a springboard for writing poetry.
This poetry workshop will include a talk about my experience of writing memoir poetry, a poetry reading from my collection Amnesia Findings, poetry exercises and prompts, and I will leave time to answer all questions poetry.
This workshop will focus on:
– The dark and light of memoir poetry. – Memory (and gaps in memory) and how poetry is the perfect form to express these short vignettes. – Our poetry journeys and how we came to poetry or how poetry found us. – Storytelling through poetry and snapshots we can use from our lives to inspire poems. – Reclaiming a sense of agency for our stories through poetry by working through ideas and experiences we want to understand further. – Using simple language and vivid imagery in poetry to evoke strong emotional responses.
To book a place, visit the Avid Reader website here. I look forward to seeing you!
The 2019 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival was directed by the wonderful Rochelle Smith and held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre from 15-17 November. I was invited to be on a poetry panel (Rhythm and Language) with poet Andy Jackson, and facilitator of the panel David McCooey.
I travelled with Mum from Brisbane to Geelong. We saw many stimulating and thought-provoking discussions and events. These included Tyson Yunkaporta’s opening address, which drew on his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. As a diary keeper, I also loved The Bad Diaries Salon. Another highlight for us was the Bodies of Work panel with Lee Kofman and Andy Jackson, facilitated by Maria Takolander.
I was so grateful to be part of this fabulous non-fiction festival, especially as my poetry collection Amnesia Findings draws on so many facets of my life. The crowd was warm, asked good questions and I was touched by their kind comments after the panel.