Her verse novel, The Sunlit Zone, is currently in press and will be published in May 2012 by Five Islands Press. This manuscript was shortlisted for the 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. An earlier poetry collection, Hair & Skin & Teeth (Five Islands Press, 1995) was shortlisted for the National Book Council Awards. She recently received Australia Council funding to complete her next collection, South in the World.
Lisa Jacobson holds a PhD from La Trobe’s creative writing program. Her work has been published in Australia, New York and London. She has won the HQ/Harper Collins Short Story Award and was a recipient of The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for Poetry. Her work is represented in Heinemann’s Best Short Stories 1994, edited by Giles Gordon & David Hughes (U.K.), The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, edited by Peter Porter (1996) and Scorched: Penguin Australian Summer Stories, edited by Heather Cam (2004).
Her poem, “Girls and Horses in the Fire” was featured in The Age’s special edition on the Victorian bushfires (Feb, 2009) and selected as the epigraph for the highly acclaimed Kinglake 350 by Adrian Hyland (Text, 2012).
She shares a bush block in Melbourne with her partner and daughter.