2013 Poetry Award Judge
Wellington-based, Auckland-born poet Anna Jackson bought an electric typewriter in her twenties and began writing poetry which she published in small magazines put together with groups of friends, before a selection of these poems was published in AUP New Poets 1 (1999).
She has since published five critically acclaimed poetry collections with Auckland University Press. Her most recent book Thicket (2011) was named as one of the NZ Listener’s Top 100 Books of that year and was a finalist in the 2012 NZ Post Book Awards.
Anna has a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Oxford. She teaches in the English Department at Victoria University of Wellington and is also the author of Diary Poetics: Form and Style in Writers’ Diaries 1915–1962 and, with Charles Ferrall, Juvenile Literature and British Society, 1850-1950: The Age of Adolescence. She is a co-editor of The Gothic in Children’s Literature: Haunting the Borders and Floating Worlds: Essays on Contemporary New Zealand Fiction.