Jennifer Strauss

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Jennifer Strauss AM (born 1933) is a contemporary Australian poet and academic.

Jennifer Strauss was born in Heywood, Victoria and educated at various boarding schools and Melbourne University.[1] Working in academia she has published several books of criticism and literary autobiography as well as editing anthologies and several volumes of her own poetry. The current president of the Australian Federation of University Women Strauss is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English at Monash University.

In 2007 Strauss was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, for her work in education, her work as an academic in the fields of literature and poetry and for her work in woman's issues and industrial relations.[2]



  • Children and Other Strangers: Poems. (1975)
  • Winter Driving: Poems. (1981)
  • Labour Ward. (Pariah, 1988)
  • Tierra del Fuego: New and selected poems. (Pariah, 1997)


  • Stop laughing! I'm Being Serious: Three studies in seriousness and wit in contemporary Australian poetry. (1990)
  • Boundary Conditions: The Poetry of Gwen Harwood. (UQP, 1992) ISBN 0-7022-2412-X
  • Judith Wright. (OUP, 1995)


  • Family Ties: Australian Poems of the Family. (Oxford, 1998)
  • The Oxford Literary History of Australia. With Bruce Bennett (Oxford, 1999) ISBN 978-0-19-553737-6
  • The Collected Verse of Mary Gilmore: Volume 1, 1887-1929. (Australian Academy of the Humanities/UQP, 2005) review


  1. ^ "Thylazine Australian Artists and Writers Directory - S". Thylazine Foundation. n.d. Archived from the original on 14 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  2. ^ "It's an Honor". Australian Government. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 


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