Joanne Burns

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Joanne Burns (born 5 December 1945) is a contemporary Australian poet and prose writer, with a strong emphasis on performance in her work.


Joanne Burns grew up and lives in Sydney.[1] She studied at the University of Sydney and has taught English and creative writing at secondary and tertiary levels in Australia and England. Her work hovers between poetry and prose, and often incorporates 'found writing' from newspapers and other everyday sources. In the 1980s she participated in the experimental writing group Sydney Women Writers' Workshop.[2] She has published ten collections of poetry, with Footnotes of a hammock sharing the 2005 Judith Wright Award for a collection of poetry.[3]



  • Burns, Joanne (1972). Snatch. London: Strange Faeces. 
  • — (1973). Ratz. 
  • — (1976). Adrenalin flicknife. 
  • — (1976). Alphabatics. 
  • — (1988). Blowing bubbles in the 7th lane. Sydney: Fab. 
  • — (1992). On a clear day. ETT Imprint. 
  • — (1996). Penelope's knees. UQP. 
  • — (1999). Aerial photography. Five Islands. 
  • — (2011). Amphora. Giramondo Publishing. 

Critical studies and reviews[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ joanne burns Content Page (Australian Literature Resources)
  2. ^ Carolyn Hughes An Effort of Non-Compliance (M/C Reviews) Accessed: 20 December 2006
  3. ^ ACT's premier art and literary awards announced (Chief Minister, ACT Website) Accessed: 20 December 2006


  • Adelaide, Debra (1988) Australian women writers: a bibliographic guide, London, Pandora