Jill Jones

Jill Jones was born in Sydney and has lived in Adelaide since 2008. Recent books include A History Of What I’ll Become, Viva the Real, which was shortlisted for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Poetry and the 2020 John Bray Award, and Brink. In 2015 she won the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry for The Beautiful Anxiety. Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including The Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature, Contemporary Australian Poetry, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide, where she teaches creative writing and literary studies. Prior to her career as an academic, she was a film reviewer, journalist, book editor, and arts administrator. In late 2014 she was poet-in-residence at Stockholm University. Her work has been translated into Chinese, French, Italian, Czech, Macedonian and Spanish.

Author's books

Wild Curious Air



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.