Jennifer Maiden was born in Penrith, New South Wales, and has had 31 books published - 24 poetry collections, 6 novels and a nonfiction work. 

She was the subject of the half-hour documentary, 'Field Notes', a co-production of Red Room People and Writing & Society Research Group at Western Sydney University.

Among her awards are 3 Kenneth Slessor Prizes for Poetry, 2 C.J. Dennis Prizes for Poetry, the overall Victorian Prize for Literature, Harri Jones Memorial Prize, FAW Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry, 2 The Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year awards, the overall Melbourne Age Book of the Year and the ALS Gold Medal. Her book Liquid Nitrogen was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. 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 latest books are published by Quemar Press: her poetry collections brookings:the noun (2019) and Appalachian Fall (2018), her Selected Poems 1967-2018, her novels Play With Knives 1&23&4, and 5and the workbook Workbook Questions: Writing of Torture, Trauma Experience.


Photo credit: Quemar Press


Jennifer Maiden 'Day Release'