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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.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 shortlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2018 shortlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2016 highly commended Gwen Harwood Memorial Poetry Prize For 'Along the Wire, in the Dark'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Viva the Real St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2018 14326671 2018 selected work poetry

'An assured, energetic collection of poems by an award-winning poet.

'Exploring body and place in ways that are expansive, intimate and playful, Viva the Real celebrates resilience and continuity in everyday life. Jones’ poems offer us a strong, vital voice, charged with her effortlessly rhythmic and resonant lyricism. This collection is both haunted and visceral, and will resonate long after reading.' (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature John Bray Poetry Award
2019 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
y separately published work icon Breaking the Days Geelong : Whitmore Press , 2015 8884276 2015 selected work poetry

'Breaking the Days explores a daily world of uneasy things - machine presences, breakages, scraps and dreams - where logic and the household gods are disturbed. Its powerful, stripped-down lyricism is full of questions, disquiet and curious sightings that release days from their common assumptions and offers a bracing slant on this unsettling world.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
2014 joint winner The Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize
y separately published work icon The Beautiful Anxiety Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2013 6702188 2013 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)

'The Beautiful Anxiety continually breaks across boundaries of the intimate and the global in an invigorating and unsettling mix of materialist and speculative writing on the interconnectedness of life amidst the environmental and cultural turmoil of the 21st century. The poems are in turn provocative, tender, impatient, playful, and swerve through the world, awake to its lostness as well as its ‘flesh and spark’.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry
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