7 April 1949|
Penrith, New South Wales
|Alma mater||Macquarie University|
ALS Gold Medal, 2015. Victorian Prize for Literature, 2014. The FAW Christopher Brennan Award. Three Kenneth Slessor Prizes for Poetry. Two C. J. Dennis Prizes for Poetry. The Melbourne Age Book of the Year. Two The Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year awards. The Harri Jones Memorial Prize. The H.M. Butterly-F.Earle Hooper Award(University of Sydney). The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Prize.Shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize.
Jennifer Maiden (born 7 April 1949) is an Australian poet. She was born in Penrith, New South Wales, and has had 27 books published: 22 poetry collections and 5 novels. She began writing professionally in the late 1960s and has been active in Sydney's literary scene since then. She took a BA at Macquarie University in the early 1970s. She has one daughter, Katharine Margot Toohey. Aside from writing, Jennifer Maiden runs writers workshops with a variety of literary, community and educational organizations and has devised and co-written (with Margaret Cunningham Bennett, who was then the director of the New South Wales Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Service) a manual of questions to facilitate writing by Torture and Trauma Victims.
Career and works
Among Jennifer Maiden's many awards are three Kenneth Slessor Prizes for Poetry, two C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry,the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, the Harri Jones Memorial Prize, the H.M. Butterly-F.Earle Hooper Award(University of Sydney), the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Prize, the FAW Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry, two The Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year awards, the overall Melbourne Age Book of the Year and the ALS Gold Medal. She has had residencies at the Australian National University, the University of Western Sydney, Springwood High School and the New South Wales Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Service. She has been awarded several Fellowships by the Australia Council.
Her second novel Play With Knives has been translated into German as Ein Messer im Haus (dtv, 1994).
Her sixth latest Australian collection, Pirate Rain, won The Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year in 2010 and the N.S.W. Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in 2011. She is the only writer to have won the Kenneth Slessor Prize three times.
In October 2011, the Australian magazine of politics, society and culture, The Monthly, listed her poetry collection, Friendly Fire (2005), as the poetry book in their selection of 20 Australian Masterpieces since 2000, when they asked 20 Australian art critics to identify "the most significant work of art in their field since 2000".
Her first UK collection, Intimate Geography, which is a selection from four of her Australian collections (Acoustic Shadow, Mines, Friendly Fire and Pirate Rain), was published by Bloodaxe Books in March, 2012.
Her fith latest Australian collection, Liquid Nitrogen, was published by Giramondo in November, 2012, won the C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry and the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Australian Prime Minister's Awards, and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. A chapbook of some of her new poems, The Violence of Waiting, was published by Vagabond Press in November, 2013. Her fourth latest collection, Drones and Phantoms, was published by Giramondo in 2014, and won the 2015 ALS Gold Medal. Her third latest collection, The Fox Petition, was published by Giramondo in November, 2015.
A new, revised edition of her novel Play With Knives was published online as a free download by Quemar Press in 2016, followed by its previously unpublished sequel, Play With Knives: Two: Complicity.
Maiden's second latest collection, The Metronome, deals partly with the 2016 U.S. elections and includes their result in its epilogue. Because of topical relevance, Quemar Press uploaded its electronic edition on 9 November 2016. Giramondo published a print edition of The Metronome in March 2017.
Her fourth novel, Play With Knives: Three: George and Clare and the Grey Hat Hacker, was published online in December, 2016, as an exclusive from Quemar Press. It is a prose/verse sequel to Play With Knives, Play With Knives: Two: Complicity, and those of her poems which feature her characters George Jeffreys and Clare Collins.
Aside from writing, her artwork has appeared on several of her book covers, including The Winter Baby, Acoustic Shadow, The Trust, and some of her books published by Quemar Press. She also created three collages of photographs for Quemar Press' collection of Montaigne's ideas, Truth in Discourse: Observations by Montaigne.
Her latest collection, Appalachian Fall: Poems About Poverty in Power, was released by Quemar Press in 2018.
In January 2018, her novel, Play With Knives, was combined with its sequel, Play With Knives: Two: Complicity, in a paperback published by Quemar Press. This was the first time Play With Knives: Two: Complicity was published in print form.
An up-to-date Selected Poems 1967-2018 by Jennifer Maiden will be published in paperback from Quemar Press in February 2018.
- Maiden, Jennifer (1974). Tactics. St Lucia, Qld.: UQP.
- The Problem of Evil. (Prism, 1975)
- The Occupying Forces. (Gargoyle, 1975)
- Mortal Details. (Rigmarole, 1977)
- Birthstones. (Angus & Robertson, 1978)
- The Border Loss. (Angus & Robertson, 1979)
- For The Left Hand. (South Head, 1981)
- The Trust. (Black Lightning, 1988)
- Bastille Day. (NLA, 1990)
- Selected Poems of Jennifer Maiden. (Penguin, 1990)
- The Winter Baby. (Angus & Robertson, 1990)
- Acoustic Shadow. (Penguin, 1993)
- Mines. (Paper Bark, 1999) ISBN 90-5704-046-8
- Friendly Fire (Giramondo, 2005) ISBN 1-920882-12-X
- Pirate Rain (Giramondo, 2009) ISBN 978-1-920882-59-4
- Intimate Geography: Selected Poems 1991-2010 (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) ISBN 978-1-85224-926-7
- Liquid Nitrogen (Giramondo, 2012) ISBN 978-1-920882-99-0
- The Violence of Waiting (Vagabond Press, 2013)
- Drones and Phantoms (Giramondo, 2014) ISBN 978-1-922146-72-4
- The Fox Petition (Giramondo, 2015) ISBN 978-1-922146-94-6
- The Metronome (Electronic Edition: Quemar Press, 2016) ISBN 978-0-9954181-0-3 , (Print Edition: Giramondo, 2017) ISBN 978-1-925336-21-4 (pbk.)
- Appalachian Fall: Poetry About Poverty in Power (Quemar Press, 2018) Print Edition ISBN 978-0-9954181-7-2, Electronic Edition ISBN 978-0-9954181-8-9
- The Terms. (Hale & Iremonger, 1982)
- Play With Knives. (Allen & Unwin, 1990. New Revised Electronic Edition: Quemar Press, 2016)
- Play With Knives: Two: Complicity. (Quemar Press, 2016)
- Play With Knives: Three: George and Clare and the Grey Hat Hacker. (Quemar Press, 2016) ISBN 978-0-9954181-2-7
- Play With Knives: Four: George and Clare, the Baby and the Bikies. (Quemar Press, 2017) ISBN 978-0-9954181-5-8
- Play With Knives & Play With Knives: Two: Complicity. (Quemar Press, 2018) ISBN 978-0-9954181-9-6 (Paperback)
|The Problem of Evil (Prism, 1975)||Won: Harri Jones Memorial Prize for Poetry|
|The Winter Baby (Angus&Robertson, 1990)||Won: The Kenneth Slessor Prize, and the C.J. Dennis Prize|
|Acoustic Shadow (Peguin, 1993)||Shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year, and The Kenneth Slessor Prize|
|Mines (Paperbark Press, 1999)||Won: The Kenneth Slessor Prize|
|Friendly Fire (Giramondo, 2005)||Won: The Age Poetry Book of the Year, and The Age Book of the Year as such|
|Pirate Rain (Giramondo, 2009)||Won: The Kenneth Slessor Prize, and The Age Poetry Book of the Year|
|Liquid Nitrogen (Giramondo, 2012)||Won: The Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry (formally the C.J. Dennis Prize), and the overall Victorian Prize for Literature. Shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, and the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards|
|Drones and Phantoms (Giramondo, 2014)||Won: The ALS Gold Medal|
|The Fox Petition (Giramondo, 2015)||Shortlisted for the Western Australian Literary Awards|
|The Metronome (Giramondo, 2017)||Shortlisted for The Victorian Premier's Prize for Poetry|
|General Award||Won: The 1998 F.A.W. Christopher Brennan Award for Lifetime Achievement|
- Austlit - Jennifer Maiden
- Gorton, Lisa, "Poetry Masterpiece: Jennifer Maiden - "Friendly Fire", 2005", The Monthly (October, 2011).
- Griffin Poetry Prize, "2013 Shortlist - Jennifer Maiden", griffinpoetryprize.com.
- Quemar Press, "Quemar Press", Quemar Press (September, 2016).
- Quemar Press, "News", Quemar Press (October, 2016).
- Giramondo Publishing, "", Giramondo Publishing (March, 2017).
- Quemar Press, "Books", Quemar Press(December, 2016).
- Quemar Press, "Books", Quemar Press(February, 2017).
- Page, Geoff, "Appalachian Fall review: Jennifer Maiden's morally complex poetry", The Sydney Morning Herald (December, 2017).
- Maiden, J. Play With Knives & Play With Knives: Two: Complicity. Quemar Press, 2018, p.4.
- Biography, 2 poems, audio recording and video at the Red Room Company
- 10 poems at Poetry International Web
- 3 poems at Jacket Magazine
- Friendly Fire Title Page at Giramondo Publishing
- Jennifer Maiden Title Page at Bloodaxe Books
- Review of Friendly Fire at Sydney Morning Herald
- Review of Pirate Rain at Radio National
- Review of Liquid Nitrogen at The Australian
- Review of Intimate Geography at Poetry Book Society Poetry Portal
- Liquid Nitrogen Title Page at Giramondo Publishing
- Review of Liquid Nitrogen, Sydney Review of Books
- on YouTube