Author photo by Ralph Wessman, Hobart Bookshop, 2021

Jane Williams was born in England in 1964 and lives in Tasmania, Australia with her partner Ralph Wessman.

Since the early 1990s her poems have been published in most major Australian literary journals and newspapers, in periodicals and online in countries including Ireland, USA, Canada, England, Japan, Sweden and India.

Her first collection Outside Temple Boundaries won the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award in 1998.

In 2005 she was awarded the D.J. O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship and the Bruce Dawe Prize for poems in her manuscript The Last Tourist which was published by Five Islands Press in 2006.

A  selection of her poetry Some Towns and other poems was published as a chap book by Picaro Press in 2007.

In 2008 her third book Begging the Question was published by Ginninderra Press.

City of Possibilities was published by Interactive Press in 2011 and received an Australian Council grant to fund an Australian reading tour.

Days Like These – selected and new poems 1998-2013 was published by Interactive Press.

Parts of the Main was published in 2017 by Ginninderra Press.

Her most recent collections are Points of Recognition (Ginninderra Press) and Between Breaths (Silver Bow Publishing, Canada). Points of Recognition was longlisted for the 2022 Tasmanian Literary Awards, Tim Thorne Prize for Poetry.

Some of Jane Williams’  poems have been developed in collaboration with other poets, painters, sculptors and photographers.

She has read her poetry at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Malaysia, and Slovakia where she held a three month residency in 2016 at the Bridge Guard Residency, Štúrovo. A blog of creative writing and photos recording the residency experience can be viewed here.

Anthologies in which some of Jane Williams’ work appears include:

Writing To The Wire – an anthology of poems on asylum seekers eds Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, UWA Publishing, 2016

Best Australian Poems 2015 ed Geoff Page, Black Inc, 2015

Women’s Work – A collection of contemporary women poets eds Libby Hathorn,  Rachel Bailey, Pax Press 2013

Motherlode – Australian Women’s Poetry 1986-2008 eds Jennifer Harrison and Kate Waterhouse, Puncher and Wattmann, 2009

The Road South – Anthology of Contemporary Australian poetry ed Ron Pretty Kolkuta, India: Bengal Creations, 2007

Best Australian Poems 2006 ed Dorothy Porter, Black Inc, 2006

She has an MA in Creative Writing from Canberra University.

To contact email janecatherinemgw@gmail.com

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