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Jill Jones Jill Jones i(A9707 works by) (a.k.a. Jill Patricia Jones)
Also writes as: 'Raven Malley'
Born: Established: 1951 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Jill Jones has been widely published in most of the leading literary periodicals in Australia, as well as in a number of print and on-line magazines in New Zealand, Canada, the USA, India and Britain. She has worked in a number of different fields, including legal publishing, journalism, government information, public policy and arts administration. She has been the recipient of two Australia Council grants and has also been involved in literary publishing. She was a co-founder, with Laurin McKinnon, of Black Wattle Press, and she has been a regular reviewer of books, theatre, film and music for a number of periodicals.

Jones has played an active part in Australian literary life. She was one of six poets who contributed to Parallel Visions : Parallel Poetry, a booklet of poems written about paintings in the Art Gallery of NSW and performed as part of the Parallel Visions exhibition in March 2003. She was a co-convenor of 'The Whole Voice', the second national conference on poetry, held in Sydney in 1995. She and her fellow convenors were guest editors of an issue of Southerly (vol. 57, no.1 Autumn 1997) in which proceedings from this conference were published. With Michael Farrell she co-edited a selection of Australian poetry on sex for an edition of Slope magazine.She served as a judge for the 1995 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the inaugural Broadway Poetry Prize in 2001 and the Roland Robinson Prize in 2002. She was a member of the Sydney Writers' Festival committee in 1996.

Jones has been involved in collaborative projects which include the DiVerse series of readings at galleries and museums in Sydney, and c-side, set up by poet James Stuart to provide a virtual and physical space for artistic performance and interaction.

Jones has written in the genres of poetry, short stories, cultural and literary criticism and women's studies. She maintains a weblog at, although it has been largely inactive since 2016.

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y separately published work icon Acrobat Music : New and Selected Poems Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2022 24960707 2022 selected work poetry 'This long-awaited collection by major Australian poet, Jill Jones, selects from her 13 full length volumes, published over three decades, as well as from numerous new and uncollected poems, and includes an introduction by the poet. Rather than a chronological reckoning, the book offers a series of clusterings around ideas of the local, social being, environments, intimacy, language play, and reckonings with mortality. Jones is well-known for her ambitious and distinctive reworkings of the lyric, and her dextrous extension of experimental modes. Thus, Acrobat Music offers a major recasting of Jones’ significant contribution to contemporary poetry'  (Publication summary)
2024 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon Wild Curious Air Canberra : Recent Work Press , 2020 20910794 2020 selected work poetry

'Wild Curious Air is a conversation, a series of readings or observances, full of shiftings: of ideas, words and bodies; through breath and breathlessness; intimacies and desires; ecstatic and dreaming states; and continuous retrievals of memory. It is a book of play and pleasure that acknowledges the global emergencies of the 21st century, as a calling to and a calling up of things, big and small, close and distant, made in language, made while moving among and through the world.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 winner Australian Centre Literary Awards Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry
y separately published work icon A History of What I'll Become Nedlands : UWA Publishing , 2020 18936168 2020 selected work poetry

'In the midst of change, this book comes with its own bewilderment, yielding, and accounting. Where does 'I' begin or where does 'I' become something else, as poet and poem constantly reshape each other? Jones speaks the world as she sees it, with a poetry negotiating the ancient mythic and the now, where boundaries are disordered and rearranged in a geography of emotions. It also pays homage to major influences in various, sometimes playful ways. This book is digressive, idiosyncratic, queer and challenging. At the same time it is rhythmic, lyrical, and recuperative.' (Publication summary) 

2022 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature South Australian Literary Awards John Bray Award for Poetry
2021 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
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