Jessica L. Wilkinson is a poet, essayist, critic, editor and performer, whose poems have appeared in books, newspapers and local and international journals and anthologies.
Her first book, marionette: a biography of miss marion davies (2012), was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. Her second book, Suite for Percy Grainger (2014), an experimental poetic work on the life of one of Australia’s most innovative musicians and composers, won ABR’s International Peter Porter Poetry Prize. Jessica is currently working on a third poetic biography, on the life and work of choreographer George Balanchine, with a side section on Australian prima ballerina Lucette Aldous. Research for this work has been funded by the Australia Council and the Marten Bequest Award for Poetry.
Jessica is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry. She has overseen the publication of 21 issues of Rabbit, as well as nine single-authored books for the affiliated Rabbit Poets Series, which supports and celebrates first books by emerging poets. She has also collaborated with composer/musician Simon Charles to produce performance works of spoken word, music and sound. The works have been performed at festivals and events including the reopening of the Grainger Museum and the ANAM-quartetthaus Melbourne season. In 2017-18, Jessica and Simon will release an album of Marionette, supported by funding from Creative Victoria.
Jessica holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne and teaches Creative Writing at RMIT University.