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Anna and Pascalle in conversation with one another at the book launch for Anxious in a Sweet Store. They are smiling at each other.
Anna sits with Pascalle at a wrought iron table, with Anxious in a Sweet Store propped up on display. They are smiling at each other, a microphone on the table.
Anna Jacobson and Pascalle Burton. Photo by Sari Jacobson.

Thank you to the beautiful Pascalle Burton for helping me launch Anxious in a Sweet Store at Avid Reader on Sunday 29 October 2023. Thank you to everyone who came to Avid Reader, to my special mentor and editor Felicity Plunkett and my wonderful publisher Terri-ann White at Upswell Publishing. Thank you to my family and friends. If you missed the Brisbane launch, an online launch is accessible on YouTube and on my website in the events section.

Book launches for Anxious in a Sweet Store

a colourful graphic titled Book Launch! Anxious in a Sweet Store - Anna Jacobson, with a photo of the cover of the book and brightly coloured circles.
Anna sits on a purple and aqua rug, holding her book Anxious in a Sweet Store. She is wearing a party dress in the colours of the book cover (blue, green, pink, purple, white), with aqua leggings. She wears a liquorice allsorts necklace. The aqua doors and pink walls behind her look like a sweet store.

You are welcome to attend the book launches below for Anxious in a Sweet Store. Below are two different dates, one in-person and one online.

Join Anna Jacobson, MC Spencer Barberis, and guest speaker Felicity Plunkett, for the free online launch of Anna’s book Anxious in a Sweet Store online on Saturday 23 September 2023 at 6.30pm AEST. YouTube link will be posted on the events page of Anna’s website. To pre-order a copy of Anna’s book, visit Upswell.

Join Anna Jacobson and MC Pascalle Burton for the in-person Brisbane launch of Anna’s book Anxious in a Sweet Store at Avid Reader  – rescheduled date 2.30pm for 3pm on Sunday 29 October. 

Anxious in a Sweet Store

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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.

To view more details, visit Upswell here.

A purple cover titled Anxious in a Sweet Store with an ink drawing of brightly multicoloured liquorice allsorts scattered across the cover

Red Room Poetry Fellowship Shortlist 2022

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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.

Memoir through Poetry Workshop, 26 July 2020

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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!

Poetry Mural

On Saturday May 18 2019, as a collaboration between Queensland Poetry Festival and Brisbane Street Art Festival, five poets: Shastra Deo, Raelee Lancaster, Mindy Gill, Anisa Nandaula, and myself, created a temporary public poetry street art wall in the Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall.
I created illustrations (including a cat for Shastra’s fabulous choose-your-own-adventure poem) and spent the day drawing and writing with paint pens and street markers. With thanks to QPF Director Lucy Nelson and to all who visited throughout the day!

My handiwork! (Photo by Anne Sawyer)
the cat I drew for Shastra’s choose-your-own-adventure poem
purple hand with bright red nail polish
Raelee, Shastra and Mindy (Photo by Sari Jacobson)

2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize Winner

For the past seven years I have been entering the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript and it feels very surreal and thrilling to have won it this year. Thank you to my wonderful family, friends and poetry mentors for your support and encouragement- it means so much. Thank you also to the Queensland Poetry Festival, UQP and judges Felicity Plunkett and Ali Alizadeh. I’m looking forward to the editing process and having my debut collection of poetry launched at the 2019 Queensland Poetry Festival!

a group of four smiling colourful creatives
From left to right: Ray Briggs, Sari Jacobson, Zenobia Frost, and Anna Jacobson (Photo by David Jacobson)

Anna Jacobson and Pascalle Burton (Photo by David Jacobson)

Jarad Bruinstroop, Torrey Atkin, and Anna Jacobson (Photo by David Jacobson)

Anna at the mic on stage (Photo by Alan Jacobson)

‘The Last Postman’ has arrived!

I’m so thrilled that my contributor’s copies of my poetry chapbook The Last Postman have arrived today! Thank you to Michael Brennan and Michelle Cahill for having me as part of Vagabond Press deciBels 3 series and for Michelle’s lovely words in her introduction to the series: Anna Jacobson’s surreal narratives riff on memory, desire and destiny with stylised Mozartian grace in The Last Postman. The train carriage becomes a framing device for her beguiling stories, echoing exile, survival and post-memory.

To order a copy of The Last Postman, please click here.

To read more of Michelle’s deciBels 3 introduction, please click here.

Holding my copy of ‘The Last Postman’ in front of a detail of my artwork ‘The Letters’.