Judith Rodriguez

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Judith Rodriguez AM
Born Judith Catherine Green
(1936-02-13) 13 February 1936 (age 81)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation Poet, Academic (semi-retired)
Nationality Australian
Notable awards 1994: Christopher Brennan Award
Spouse Fabio Rodriguez
Tom Shapcott

Judith Catherine Rodriguez AM (born 13 February 1936) is a contemporary Australian poet.


Rodriguez was born Judith Catherine Green in Perth and grew up in Brisbane. She was educated at Brisbane Girls Grammar School, and graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Arts. She then travelled to England, where she received a Master of Arts from Cambridge University in 1965, where she met her first husband, Colombian Fabio Rodriguez.[1]

She has published numerous volumes of poetry, some illustrated by her own woodcuts, edited an anthology and the collected poems of Jennifer Rankin. From 1979 to 1982, she was poetry editor for the literary journal Meanjin, and from 1988 to 1997 she was a poetry editor with the publisher Penguin Australia. The play Poor Johanna, co-written with Robyn Archer, was produced in 1994 and her libretto for Moya Henderson's opera Lindy, about the Azaria Chamberlain disappearance, was performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2002.[2] She is a recipient of the Christopher Brennan Award and taught at La Trobe University (1969–1985) and Deakin University (1998–2003).



  • Four Poets (as Judith Green), with others. (Melbourne, Cheshire, 1962)
  • Nu-Plastik Fanfare Red. ( St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press, 1973)
  • Broadsheet Number 23. (Canberra, Open Door Press, 1976)
  • Water Life. (University of Queensland Press, 1976) ISBN 0-7022-1322-5 review
  • Shadow on Glass. (Canberra: Open Door Press, 1978)
  • Three Poems. (Melbourne, Old Metropolitan Meat Market, 1979)
  • Angels. Melbourne, (Old Metropolitan Meat Market, 1979)
  • Arapede. (Melbourne, Old Metropolitan Meat Market, 1979)
  • Mudcrab at Gambaro's. (UQP, 1980) ISBN 0-7022-1573-2
  • Witch Heart. (Melbourne: Sisters, 1982) ISBN 0-908207-64-6
  • Floridian Poems. (Winter Park, Florida, Rollins College, 1986)
  • New and selected poems: The house by water. (1988) ISBN 0-7022-2138-4
  • The Cold. Canberra, National Library of Australia (Pamphlets Poets), 1992
  • The Hanging of Minnie Thwaites. (Melbourne, Arcade Publications, 2012) ISBN 978-0-9871714-0-5



  • Mrs Noah and the Minoan Queen. (Melbourne: Sisters, 1983)
  • Poems from the Australian's 20th Anniversary Competition. With Andrew Taylor, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1985
  • Jennifer Rankin: Collected Poems. (UQP, 1990)
  • The Collected Poems of Jennifer Rankin. St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press. 1990


  1. ^ Judith Rodriguez, AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource.
  2. ^ "Lindy". Opera Australia. 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2007-10-14. 

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