About Me

Anna Jacobson is a writer and artist from Brisbane. In 2018 she won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. Her first full-length poetry collection is Amnesia Findings (University of Queensland Press, 2019). Her poetry has been published in literary journals and anthologies including Cordite, Rabbit, Meanjin, ABR’s States of Poetry Queensland and Verity La. Anna’s poetry chapbook The Last Postman (Vagabond Press 2018) is part of the deciBels series 3. In 2017 her unpublished memoir How to Knit a Human was shortlisted for the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award. Anna holds a Master of Philosophy, where she specialised in poetry at QUT, a Bachelor of Fine Arts (with studies in Creative and Professional Writing and Graphic Design) from QUT and a Bachelor of Photography with Honours from Griffith University. In 2019 she was a finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing.

Educational Background

2019 Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies, UQ

2018 Master of Philosophy (Creative Practice – Poetry), QUT

2015 Bachelor of Fine Arts (Creative and Professional Writing) with Distinction, QUT

2009 Bachelor of Photography with Honours, Griffith University Qld College of Art



2019 Amnesia Findings, UQP Poetry Series

2018 The Last Postman, Poetry Chapbook, Vagabond Press deciBels series 3


2019 Heroines Anthology: Volume 2, Neo Perennial Press, Poetry: ‘Of Matriarchs, Work and Wishes

2017 States of Poetry QLD Series Two, Australian Book Review, edited by Felicity Plunkett

New Shoots Anthology (Red Room Company), Poetry: ‘Things I Find While Tidying My Room’

2016 Our Home is Dirt by Sea (Walker Books), Poetry: ‘Icy Fruit’ and ‘The Forest’

Short and Twisted Anthology, Poetry: ‘Wilt’

Poetry d’Amour 2016 (WA Poets Inc), Poetry: ‘Letter 1: To the Boy with Blue Hair in Carriage 2’

2015 Dancing in the Rain (Future Leaders), Short Story: ‘Heirloom

2013 Vladimir Devide Haiku Award, Selected Haiku 2013, IAFOR Publications, Japan


2019 Griffith Review, The Light Ascending 66, Poetry: ‘Ingredients for Preservation’

Rabbit Journal, Tense Issue, Poetry: ‘Passover Seder Plate, 2011’

Peril Magazine, QPF Edition, Poetry: ‘Notes I Didn’t Give to the Western Wall’

foam:e, Issue 16, Poetry: ‘Nana’s Hair’ and ‘Grandad’s Passover’

2018 Stilts, Issue 3, Poetry: ‘Great Fish

Verity La, Slot Machine, Poetry Video: ‘My Nana is a Mermaid

Not Very Quiet, September Issue 3, Poetry: ‘Spot the Difference Had Gadya’

StylusLit, September Issue 4, Poetry: ‘When Dreams Turn Archeological

Verity La, Heightened Talk, Poetry: ‘Serpent’

Cordite Poetry Review, No Theme VII, Poetry: ‘To sink into a decade

Cordite Poetry Review, Review Short: ‘The Collected Poems of Fay Zwicky’

2017 Meanjin, Summer 2017, Poetry: ‘Separation Ceremony’

Southerly, 2017 (The Long Paddock online), Poetry: ‘Passing Down the Egg Pot’

 Peril Magazine, I Can’t Speak to You QPF edition, Poetry: ‘The Book of Jewish Blessings’   

Verity La, Clozapine Clinic Project, Poetry: ‘Cravings’, ‘Torchlight’ and ‘How to Knit a Human’

2016 Small Packages, Issue 12, Poetry: ‘On Photographing Poets’

Tincture Journal, Issue 13, Poetry: ‘Word OCD’

Foam:e, Issue 13, Poetry: ‘On Board Commissar Rommel’

2015 Australian Poetry Journal, Volume 5.2, Poetry: ‘Villanelle #3’

Cordite Poetry, Obsolete Issue (49.0), Poetry: ‘Ketubah’

Cuttlefish (Sunline Press), Issue One, Poetry: ‘River Food’

One Page Brisbane, Volume 2: Issue 1, Poetry: ‘Release’ and ‘Secret Business’

2014 Cordite Poetry, No Theme III (46.0), Poetry: ‘Dream Diary – Tuesday and Wednesday Night’

2013 Rabbit Journal, Gravity Issue 10, Poetry: ‘Crunchy, No Bruises’ and ‘The Gravity of Bones’

ThunkBook (Taiwan), Issue 1, Poetry: ‘An Early Dinner’

 Dr Hurley’s Digest (online), Vol. III, Issue 2, Poetry: ‘Spirit Boats’


2015 QAGOMA Blog, Art Criticism: Bold colour and tension in the work of Monica Rohan at ‘GOMA Q’

2013 Letter.Box.Stamp.Collect, Poetry: ‘the Song Pearls’, (curated by Pascalle Burton)

2012 Another Lost Shark, QLD Spotlight #3, Poetry: ‘Typing Nana’s Story’ and ‘Breathe’


2017 Digital Writers’ Festival, Zine Fair, ‘The Adventures of the Outer-Chain’ 

Underground Writers, Issue 19, Poetry: ‘Menu Alterations‘ and ‘Recipe #89

Tundish Review, Issue 1, Poetry: ‘All He Wants is a Burger’ 

2013 SpeedPoet’s Zine, Volume 13.6, Poetry: ‘Grandma’

SpeedPoet’s Zine, Volume 13.3, Poetry: ‘Tonight I Cannot Sleep’

SpeedPoet’s Zine, Volume 13.2, Poetry: ‘The Gramophone’s Mistress’ and ‘Morning Ritual’

SpeedPoet’s Zine Volume 13.1, Poetry: ‘Leaving’


2019 Finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing

2018 Winner of the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award

Finalist in the 65th Blake Art Prize, exhibited at Casula Powerhouse, NSW

Shortlisted in the Ethel Webb Bundell Prize for Poetry

2017 Shortlisted for the Emerging Queensland Writer – Manuscript Award, Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award, Queensland Literary Awards

Finalist in the National Young Writers’ Festival Phone it In Competition (Slinkies – Spineless Wonders)

Selected for Express Media’s Toolkits: Poetry Program, with Melody Paloma

Finalist in the Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award 

Finalist in the Westbury Faery story competition run by Tiny Owl Workshop and World Faery Society

QUT Emerging Writer’s Mentorship Recipient with mentor Felicity Plunkett

2016 Shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Young Writers and Publishers Award, Queensland Literary Awards

Shortlisted for the Scribe Non Fiction Prize

Shortlisted for the University of Canberra Health Poetry Prize

Semi-Finalist Gender Gaze Exhibition, Brisbane Festival

Shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

2015 Shortlisted for the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript

Runner up in the ‘GOMA Q’ Emerging Writers Competition

Questions Writing Prize Finalist for ‘Heirloom’

2014 Originality Prize: Deakin Leadership Centre’s International Poetry Competition

Highly Commended in the QUT Poetry Prize

Equal First place: Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition

Second Prize for the Charlotte Duncan Award, Short Story, Celapene Press

Highly Commended in the Tabor Adelaide Creative Writing Poetry Awards

Finalist in Clayton Utz Launch Art Award

Shortlisted People’s Choice Awards, Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

2013 Shortlisted for the QUT Youth Writing Award

Runner Up: the Third Vladimir Devide Haiku Award

Highly Commended: Adelaide Plains Chapter and Verse Short Story Competition

Highly Commended: Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Poetry Competition

2012 Dean’s List for Academic Performance QUT

Finalist in the Poetica Magazine Poetry Chapbook Contest (America): Contemporary Jewish Writing and Art

2011 Finalist in Clayton Utz Launch Art Awards

Finalist in Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards

2010 Finalist in Poetry Underground Film Festival, screened at Sydney Fringe

Winner of CYA Conference Children’s Book Illustrating Competition

2009 Winner QLD Poetry Film Award screened at Judith Wright Centre

Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Bachelor of Photography with Honours

Finalist Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture

2008 Evolve Emerging Artist Prize, Byron Bay

2006-2007 Griffith Award for Academic Excellence, Bachelor of Photography


2019 Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing, Project Gallery, QCA

Out from the Mist: Photographic Representations of Mental Health, ABC Building, Southbank and Brisbane City Hall

2018 Alternate Theatres, Institute of Modern Art Screening Room, Queensland Poetry Festival

Finalist in the 65th Blake Art Prize, exhibited at Casula Powerhouse, NSW

2017 National Young Writers’ Festival: Spineless Wonders’ StoryPhones

POETRY: a word and text-based exhibition, George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne, Curated by Sandra Bridie

These Frozen Moments, poetry and sound installation at Metro Arts Laneway, curated by Kieran Swann, The Good Room 

Brave New Worlds, Flag Installation at Jacob’s Ladder, curated by Kieran Swann, The Good Room

Lethbridge 10 000 Small Scale Art Award, Lethbridge Gallery, Paddington, Brisbane

Lord Mayor’s Photographic Award Images 2014-2016, King George Square Carpark Gallery: Light Box Display

2016 Gender Gaze Exhibition, Brisbane Festival, Metro Arts

SHAPE of Things to Come (the Anniversary Show), The Block, QUT Creative Industries Precinct

2015 Peace and Quiet Exhibition, State Library Queensland

Video Screening at Below Deck Poetry, Padre Bar, Woolloongabba

Poetry Gallery, Bond University, Bleach Festival

2014 Clayton Utz Launch Art Award, Riparian Plaza, Eagle Street Brisbane

Contributer to Fallen Fruit of Brisbane: Pineapple Express! GoMA

Space and Place: (Projected on Slideshow), QCP

2013 Youth Arts Qld: Deck the Walls, Bleeding Heart Art Gallery

2012-13 Qld Poetry Film Awards, Judith Wright Centre, Qld Poetry Festival

2011 Clayton Utz Launch Art Award, Riparian Plaza, Eagle Street Brisbane

Lord Mayor’s Photographic Awards, King George Square

Optica12, Curated by Synoptik, Judith Wright Centre

When the Ghost Light Sings, Qld Poetry Filmmaker Challenge, Judith Wright Centre

Small Works Prize Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne

The Butterfly Effect, Toyota Community Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne

Femme, Robina Art Gallery, Gold Coast

The Women’s Project, 19KAREN, Gold Coast

2010 PUFF, Poetry Underground Film Festival, (Sydney Fringe), Madame Fling Flong

Glow 32: Revealed Cities, Inhabit Fiesta, City Studios Burnett Lane

PHAI-RA! (Third Qld Festival Photography) Bleeding Heart Gallery

ViewFinder, (Qld Festival of Photography) Nine Lives Gallery, Brisbane

VEGAS SPRAY, Brisbane Emerging Art, vegasspray.com Online Gallery

2009 Wherever You Go There You Are, Grey St Studios, Qld College of Art

Of Ochres and Ruins, Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts

Olive Cotton Award, Tweed Heads Gallery

Doll Awakenings, Queensland Centre for Photography, South Brisbane

2008 Lord Mayors Photographic Awards Museum of Brisbane

Hot New Things (VIVID festival), Photospace Gallery, ANU, Canberra

Emerging Artist Prize, Evolve Arts Festival, Byron Bay

Night Theatre, White Box Gallery South Bank

PMA Exhibition, Brisbane Convention Centre

2007 128 Grey Exhibition, White Box Gallery South Bank

2006 McGregor Prize for Photography, USQ Gallery Toowoomba