Anna Jackson is a poet and fiction writer. Her writing has appeared in journals and anthologies, and she has also published several collections of poetry in which the subject of family and domestic life is explored. Jackson received a 1999 Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary and was named the 2001 Waikato University Writer in Residence. She is available for school visits as part of the Book Council's Writers in Schools programme.
Place of residence: Wellington
Jackson, Anna (1967 –) is a poet and fiction writer whose first collection of poetry appeared in the three-poet collection AUP New Poets 1 (1999).
Her first 'solo' book of poetry is The Long Road to Teatime (2000), the title suggesting the book's interest in family and domestic life.
'Anna Jackson's first stand-alone collection, The Long Road to Teatime, has just come out,' writes David Larsen in the Dominion, 'and again my jaw drops. You could see these poems as bone carvings made from the remains of short stories: gripping narratives reduced to the purest, most elegant minimum.'
A graduate of Auckland and Oxford Universities, Jackson has taught at Auckland University in subjects from Victorian Literature to Film Studies. In 2000 she completed a doctoral dissertation at Oxford University entitled 'A Poetics of the Diary'..
Her fiction has appeared in journals and in the Emily Perkins-edited anthology The Picnic Virgin (1999) and she was highly commended in the 1999 Landfall essay competition. Jackson also works in the visual arts with screenprinting, etching and aquatint.
Anna Jackson received a 1999 Louis Johnson new writers bursary and was named the 2001 Waikato University Writer in Residence. Perhaps her latest collection, The Pastoral Kitchen (2001), published while Jackson is residing in Hamilton, owes its theme in part to that most pastoral of locations. It was shortlisted in the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards.
Catullus for Children was published in 2003. Caught between the two cities of Wellington and Hamilton, the poet returns to her favourite themes of domestic life, her children and the Russian poets she loves.
Locating the Madonna (Seraph Press, 2004) is the outcome of an experiment in collaboration and poetic influence by poets at opposite ends of the country: Anna Jackson in Auckland and Jenny Powell-Chalmers in Dunedin. They posted poems back and forth, each responding to voice and ideas of the other in their own work. They found themselves drawn to the recurring image of the Madonna, who appears in these poems in many guises and situations.
Anna Jackson's latest poetry collection is The Gas Leak (AUP, 2006). She also had an essay included in Shards of Silver (Steele Roberts, 2006), a book investigating the interplay between photography and poetry.
writers in schools information
Anna Jackson is available for school visits as part of the Book Council's Writers in Schools programme. She is able to speak to students of all ages about poetry and writing poetry. She can run a range of sessions, including poetry performance, creative writing workshops and gifted and talented workshops. Her preferred number of students in a session is 6-12.
- Anna Jackson's bibliography in the Auckland University Library's New Zealand Literature File
- Anna Jackson on nzepc
- Anna Jackson in Best New Zealand Poems 2001
- Anna Jackson on NZETC
- Anna Jackson in Turbine 2003
- Anna Jackson's The Gas Leak on the AUP site
- Anna Jackson's staff profile on the Victoria University site
- Anna Jackson in The Poetry Archive (U.K.), featuring audio recordings of her work