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Born in Liverpool, Sydney, Harrison studied medicine and then specialised in psychiatry. Since her first volume of poetry, Michelangelo's Prisoners in 1994, she has published several more, winning the 1995 Anne Elder Award and being short-listed for the 2000 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. In 2011 she won the Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. Her photography has been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria.
Having lived in the United States and New Zealand, Harrison resides in Melbourne and is employed as a child psychiatrist. She is also a photographer. She is The Dax Poetry Collection Manager for the Dax Centre at the University of Melbourne.
- Michelangelo's Prisoners. (Black Pepper publishing, 1994) ISBN 978-1-875606-20-7
- Mosaics & Mirrors: Composite poems. (Black Pepper publishing, 1995) ISBN 978-0-646-24047-3
- Cabramatta/Cudmirrah. (Black Pepper publishing, 1996) ISBN 978-1-876044-11-4
- Dear B. (Black Pepper publishing, 1998) ISBN 978-1-876044-27-5
- Folly & Grief. (Black Pepper publishing, 2006) ISBN 1-876044-45-4 REVIEW REVIEW
- Colombine, New & Selected Poems. (Black Pepper publishing, 2010) ISBN 9781876044657
- With Phil Ilton, Said the Rat!. (Black Pepper publishing, 2003) ISBN 1-876044-44-6
- With Kate Waterhouse, Motherlode; Australian Women's Poetry 1986-2008. (Puncher & Wattmann, 2009) ISBN 978-1-921450-16-7
- Jennifer Harrison Biography at Black Pepper publishing
- "Dax Centre". Dax Centre.
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