JACKSON was born in Cumbria, England, and officially lives in Australia. She is a computer science graduate, English language teacher and poet. In 2018 she completed her PhD in Writing at Edith Cowan University, writing her third book, A coat of ashes (Recent Work Press 2019) and winning the University Research Medal, the Arts and Humanities Research Medal, and the Magdalena Prize for Feminist Research.
Since 1991 her work has been published in Australian and overseas journals and anthologies, including the Australian Poetry Journal, The High Window and the Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry. She has published three books, a chapbook, seven zines and a CD. She was the featured essayist in The High Window issue 7. Her hundreds of public appearances include the Queensland and Tasmanian Poetry Festivals. She won the 2014 Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Prize and has won second prizes in the Glen Phillips Poetry Prize and the Karen W Treanor Award. Her collected works website is archived by the National Library of Australia.
In 2009 Jackson founded Perth Poetry Club, a highly successful weekly reading and community group, which is now well-known across the poetry world and has launched many poets' public careers. She coordinated it until 2012. In 2013 she founded the online poetry journal Uneven Floor, editing it until 2018.
Jackson has two adult children, and has worked as a computer programmer, a charity telemarketer, a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor, and an unprofitably self-employed editor and writing teacher. In 2018 she qualified to teach English as a second language and taught international students in Perth, Western Australia. In September 2018 she began a year teaching in China.
9 April 2019