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Jeff Guess Jeff Guess i(A25455 works by) (a.k.a. Jeffrey David Guess; Jeffrey Guess)
Born: Established: 1948 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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From a young age Jeff Guess felt inclined towards a religious vocation. He undertook some preliminary theological study in Melbourne before deciding to return to South Australia , where he resumed a career in personnel management in the State Public Service.

In 1974 he resumed studies, attending Flinders University and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy and a Teaching Diploma. He has taught high-school English in South Australia, lectured at TAFE, and run writing workshops.

Praised for their intensity and lyrical qualities, Guess's poems are often spiritual in nature, and reflect Guess's abiding interest in history and language. His work has been published in numerous Australian newspapers and literary magazines, and has also appeared in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, England and Wales. He has judged several writing competitions and has been a regularly invited speaker.


Most Referenced Works


  • In 1990 Guess was attached to the South Australian Council of Churches to write a collection of poems that took as their theme Adelaide as The City of Churches. The poems were displayed in an exhibition entitled 'Dream Houses' in the David Jones Gallery, Adelaide, 1990

Personal Awards

2017 Runner-up Queensland Poetry Festival Awards The Val Vallis Award for Unpublished Poetry for His Master’s Voice 
2016 highly commended Ethel Webb Bundell Literary Award Poetry Awards for The End of the Weekend and Late Scratching
2007 finalist ABC Radio Regional Production Fund Short Story Project ABC Radio Short Story Competition for Last of the Kaurna

Awards for Works

From the Wreck : Adam Lindsay Gordon 1833-1870 i "What strange and nameless burden leaps in the womb", 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Ipswich Poetry Feast 2017;
2017 second place Ipswich Poetry Feast Awards Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry
y separately published work icon Encounters : A Collection of Poems Kangaroo Island : Dudley Writers' Group , 2002 Z1044448 2002 anthology poetry
2003 Second place FAW Saab Community Writers' Award
Ballerina i "At the practises", 1998 single work poetry
— Appears in: Sudden Alchemy : Selected Australian Poetry 1998; (p. 102-103)
1986 commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize
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