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1 When Your Practice Is the Research : A Symposia-led Model for the Creative Writing PhD Michelle Aung Thin , David Carlin , Alvin Pang , Francesca Rendle-Short , Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work criticism
— Appears in: TEXT : The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs , October vol. 24 no. 2 2020;
'With PhDs in creative writing becoming more valued and valuable in both local and international contexts, the question of models that are fit for purpose has never been more pressing. This paper discusses a case study of an approach to PhD pedagogy underway with writers from across the Asia-Pacific. It is a model of advanced practice-led research in creative writing, which helps established and mid-career writers to deepen their oeuvres and careers. The model poses the question: What if a PhD in creative writing focused its site of research on a practitioner’s ongoing practice as a writer? How might this deepen the practitioner’s engagement with the processes of and contexts for writing, and enable shifts in and for their future writing practice? This paper invites educators and writers to reconsider how a PhD by practice in creative writing contributes new knowledge – on literary approaches, forms, genres and cultures – to the discipline, at the same time as it provides a writer with insights to transform their practice. Faculty and student perspectives of a transcultural, multidisciplinary, low-residency program, based in Vietnam and Australia, reveal how this unconventional approach is making a difference to PhD pedagogy and creative practice research.'

 (Publication abstract)

1 Transitional : 4 Perspectives Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Anthology 2020; (p. 136-138)
1 Jessica L. Wilkinson Interviews Lisa Gorton Jessica Wilkinson (interviewer), 2020 single work interview
— Appears in: Rabbit , June no. 30 2020; (p. 204-216)
1 An Introduction to Lisa Gorton Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work biography
— Appears in: Rabbit , June no. 30 2020; (p. 202-203)
1 What Is Nonfiction Poetry? Reflecting on Rabbit’s 30 Issues Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , June 2020;

'In late 2011, I had a meeting with the founders of the nonfictionLab at RMIT University, David Carlin and Francesca Rendle-Short. I was a new employee at the university, and they were asking me what I might contribute to the fledgling ‘Lab’. Without much thought, I proposed that the literary publication Rabbit, which I had begun as an experimental venture midway through the year, become ‘a journal for nonfiction poetry’. David and Francesca looked at me excitedly. ‘What’s nonfiction poetry?’, they asked. ‘I don’t know,’ I said, and we all laughed at how swiftly an authoritative statement was revealed to be a mere spontaneous proposition. When the mood resumed to focus on serious business, I told them that we would find out.' (Introduction)

1 New York, 2018 i "Mr. Balanchine once said, a good cook must not rush,", Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;
1 Copenhagen-St. Petersburg-Paris i "Bodies can travel through spaces unexpectedly,", Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;
1 Boston i "North East to repeats of Cheers and clam chowder,", Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;
1 New York, 2015 i "Trailing through the stratosphere to the hard city", Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;
1 New York, [Boston-Copenhagen - St. Petersburg - Paris-] New York 2015 / 2018 Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;
1 Life Cycles of Biographical Poetry Jessica Wilkinson , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Axon : Creative Explorations , May vol. 10 no. 1 2020;

'This essay begins with an ethical quandary: the author’s academic institution had purchased some very expensive resources for her so that she could complete her research for a book-length verse-biography project on choreographer George Balanchine. The problem is, the resources arrived after she considered that project ‘complete’ (the book was in press). How might a creative practice researcher quash her guilt in this regard?

'The essay follows her process of reopening the project — as a more traditional biographer might do in order to produce a ‘revised’ edition — not only to integrate information from those new resources, but to revisit discarded research notes (the ‘refuse’) that did not yield poems within the initial publication. In assembling new versions of poems from the published book, the author reconsiders the biographical project as an ongoing, ever-evolving and ephemeral process, akin to the revision of ballet repertoire.' (Publication abstract)

1 Demon i "I travel with most ease backwards", Jessica Wilkinson , 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Journal , vol. 9 no. 1 2019; (p. 104)
1 y separately published work icon Music Made Visible : A Biography of George Balanchine Jessica Wilkinson , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2019 14816039 2019

'Music Made Visible is a poetic biography on the life and works of George Balanchine, one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. Jessica L. Wilkinson explores the possibilities and imaginative leaps that poetry can offer to the writing of a life. Her poetic series of Balanchine ‘ballets’ unfold from his early life as a student at the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg, through his engagement at Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, to his later co-founding and development of the New York City Ballet. Wilkinson’s poems are attuned to the ephemeral qualities of music and movement that were so vital to her subject’s life.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 2 y separately published work icon Marionette : A Biography of Miss Marion Davies Jessica Wilkinson , Simon Charles (composer), Victoria : Sibercha Records , 2018 16606520 2018 selected work poetry

'“Marion Davies is perhaps best known for her 30-year affair with media mogul William Randolph Hearst, whose influence was instrumental in shaping her public image as an early cinema actress. The millionaire tycoon largely controlled her career and—as much as he could—her actions in public. Whilst there are countless biographies on William Randolph Hearst, there are very few texts written specifically on Marion Davies. The closest we can get to her story is an autobiography, The Times We Had: Life with William Randolph Hearst, cobbled together from a series of taped interviews, in which Marion often conceals the truth to protect her lover and friends.

'Jessica L. Wilkinson’s original text marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (published by Vagabond in 2012) draws attention to the gaps and inconsistencies in her story, whilst also attempting—playfully—to locate the voice and spirit of a woman whose story can never be fully told.

'This album release documents the creative partnership between Simon Charles and Jessica Wilkinson, which brings Wilkinson’s text into a CD format. Read by Wilkinson herself, the text is accompanied by a collage of instrumental and electro-acoustic performances. The album explores the fragmentation and disintegration of text, manipulation of vocal utterance, and a construction of Davies’ image through peripheral threads of narrative and sound.”"' (Production abstract)

1 Walpurgisnacht Ballet i "Humour at the helm and pointing to hell", Jessica Wilkinson , 2018 single work poetry
— Appears in: Australian Poetry Anthology 2018; (p. 86)
1 Reflected i "The dusk is lace and velvet - Insects arise, a netting", Jessica Wilkinson , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 148-149)
1 'Bending in All Directions Everywhere' : A Juddering, Glimpsing, Eidolonging of Poets Dan Disney , Jessica Wilkinson , Cassandra Atherton , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Westerly , vol. 62 no. 2 2017; (p. 121-133)

'Deriving from the Ancient Greek etymons eidos ('form') and eido ('to see'), the modern term `'eidolon' transmutes into English in two interconnected ways: an eidolon can either be an idealised person or thing, or a spectre or phantom. In poetry, the term is often associated with Walt Whitman's poem of the same name, included in his 'Inscriptions' section of the 1881-82 edition of Leaves of Grass. In this apocryphal text, stanzas repeatedly conclude on the word 'eidolon' as if the repetitions are one means (semantic satiation) by which to challenge connections between signified and signifier. The American transcendentalist's poem offers 'a theory ; about  how a poet should handle, or mediate, form and materiality' Cohen 1), and the eidolon  remains paradoxical for Whitman, a 'spiritual image of the immatrerial' of which 'seeks to demonstrate the incompleteness of our understanding of reality' (Richardson 201)...' (Introduction)

1 Serenade i "Wide open chords raise a blue night on the orange grove", Jessica Wilkinson , 2017 single work
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 229 2017; (p. 25)
1 Fruitful Playgrounds Jessica Wilkinson , 2017 single work essay review
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2017;

'Three new poetry collections, three Australian women poets: Present by Elizabeth Allen (Vagabond), Domestic Interior by Fiona Wright (Giramondo) and Passage by Kate Middleton (Giramondo). All three women are award-winning authors, and each has won a major prize for their previous volumes: Allen won the 2012 FAW Anne Elder Award for Body Language, Wright won the 2012 Dame Mary Gilmore Award for Knuckled, and Middleton’s Fire Season was awarded the 2009 WA Premier’s Literary Awards for Poetry. All live in Sydney. These are easy things to report, biographical facts. What is perhaps less known is that each of these poets is a generous spirit and supportive presence in the world of poetry and writing in Australia, as editors, associate publishers, event organisers, colleagues, mentors and poetry champions. I have witnessed this generosity not only from afar but first-hand, at readings, launches, and even through unexpected encounters in cafes; it’s the only thing that would make me consider moving to Sydney. So I emphasise this to begin with, because I think it is important to recognise their contributions in this regard too, and to convey the respect that I have for all three authors not only as poets, but as literary community gems.' (Introduction)

1 Apollon Musagete i "All good art begins with a weird birth unseen,", Jessica Wilkinson , 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 March vol. 57 no. 1 2017; The Best Australian Poems 2017 2017; (p. 163-165)