Chris Mansell

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Chris Mansell (born 1953) is an Australian poet and publisher.

Chris Mansell was born in Sydney and grew up on the Central Coast of NSW and in Lae, Papua New Guinea, later studying economics at the University of Sydney.[1] She was active in Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s as an editor and poet and since the 1980s has lived in regional Australia where she continues to write, perform, publish and edit. In 1978 she and Dane Thwaites began Compass Poetry & Prose a little magazine which published many of the young Australian poets of the time. She closed the magazine in 1987 and soon after, was a member of the collective (which included David Reiter among others) who founded Five Islands Press.

Like many poets of her generation, Mansell makes her living by performing her work, publishing and teaching writing at various institutions. Although primarily a poet, she has also written a number of plays including Some Sunny Day. Her collection Mortifications & Lies has been described as a 'groundbreaking work' because of its experimentation with form and its overtly political content.[2] Love Poems is less political, livre composé which takes subtler formal risks. Always interested in experimentation with form, she now also works in digital media. She founded PressPress, a small independent poetry press in 2002 and directed the Shoalhaven Poetry Festival in 2002, '03 and '05.

She was winner of the Queensland Premier's Award (poetry) (as well as other prizes) and has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award, and the Banjo Award (Victoria).



  • Head, Heart & Stone (Fling Publishers, Melbourne, 1982)
  • Redshift/Blueshift (Five Islands Press, Wollongong, 1988)
  • Raptors Blue (Audio, with music by Rob Cousins) (Well Sprung Productions, Sydney, 1989)
  • Shining Like a Jinx (Amelia, Calif., USA, 1992)
  • Day Easy Sunlight Fine in Hot Collation (Penguin, Melbourne, 1995) ISBN 9780-14-024540-0
  • Stalking the Rainbow (PressPress, 2002)
  • Fickle Brat (IP Digital, Brisbane, 2002) Review
  • Mortifications & Lies (Kardoorair, Armidale, 2005)) ISBN 0-908244-60-6 Review
  • Love poems (Kardoorair, Armidale, 2006)

Children's book

  • Little Wombat (New Holland, Sydney, 1996)
  • 4 poems at Australian Literature Resources
  • Samples of experimental digital work
  • Interview from Famous Reporter
  • Blusterhead Mansell's writer's resource site
  • References
    1. ^ Background (Chris Mansell website) Accessed: February 5, 2007.
    2. ^ Margaret Bradstock quoted on Chris Mansell Contents page (Australian Literature Resources) Accessed February 5, 2007.

    NAME Soaba, Russell
    SHORT DESCRIPTION Contemporary Australian poet and publisher
    DATE OF BIRTH 1953
    PLACE OF BIRTH Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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