Jennifer Maiden

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Jennifer Maiden (born 1949, Penrith, New South Wales) is a contemporary Australian poet.

Jennifer Maiden grew up in Sydney. She took a BA at Macquarie University in the 1970s and has been active in Sydney's poetry scene since then. Aside from writing she runs writers workshops with a variety of literary, community and educational organizations and has co-written (with Margaret Cunningham) a manual on literary workshops.

Among Jennifer Maiden’s many accolades are two Kenneth Slessor Prizes for Poetry, the C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry and the FAW Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry. 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. The novel Play With Knives has been translated into German.



  • Tactics. (UQP, 1974)
  • The Problem of Evil. (Prism, 1975)
  • The Occupying Forces. (Gargoyle, 1975)
  • Mortal Details. (Rigmarole, 1977)
  • Birthstones. (Angus & Robertson, 1978)
  • The Border Loss. (Angus & Robertson, 1979)
  • For The Left Hand. (South Head, 1981)
  • The Trust. (Black Lightning, 1988)
  • Bastille Day. (NLA, 1990)
  • Selected Poems of Jennifer Maiden. (Penguin, 1990)
  • The Winter Baby. (Angus & Robertson, 1990)
  • Acoustic Shadow. (Penguin, 1993)
  • Mines. (Paper Bark, 1999) ISBN 90-5704-046-8
  • Friendly Fire (Giramondo, 2005) ISBN 1-920882-12-X reviewed


  • The Terms. (Hale & Iremonger, 1982)
  • Play With Knives. (Allen & Unwin, 1990)
  • Essays & poems at Australian Literature Resources
  • References
    • Jennifer Maiden at Thylazine Australian Artists and Writers Directory - M

    NAME Maiden, Jennifer
    SHORT DESCRIPTION Contemporary Australian poet and educator
    DATE OF BIRTH 1949
    PLACE OF BIRTH Penrith, New South Wales, Australia

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