About Me

a portrait of Anna Jacobson taken in Anna's home, after a dance class. Anna holds herself with power and poise. She wears a sparkly indigo top and red cowboy boots.
Self-portrait by Anna Jacobson, 2024

Anna Jacobson is an award-winning writer, artist, and researcher from Meanjin (Brisbane). Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019), her first full-length poetry collection, won the 2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. Her second illustrated poetry collection was Anxious in a Sweet Store (Upswell, 2023). Anna’s memoir How to Knit a Human was published with NewSouth in 2024. She was awarded the 2023 Fryer Library Fellowship and shortlisted in the 2023 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award. In 2020 Anna won the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing and in 2018 she won the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Anna’s writing has been published in literary journals and anthologies including Cordite, Rabbit, Griffith Review, Australian Poetry Journal, Meanjin, Island, Westerly, and more. She holds a Bachelor of Photography (Honours) from Griffith University and her art has exhibited throughout Australia in finalist exhibitions including in the Brisbane Portrait Prize, Olive Cotton Photographic Portraiture Award, the Blake Art Prize, and the Marie Ellis OAM Prize for Drawing. Her highest qualification is a Doctor of Philosophy in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology and she was a recipient of a QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award for 2023, awarded to the top 5% of successful doctoral candidates at the university for that year.

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