Jennifer Compton was born in New Zealand in 1949 and now lives in Melbourne. She is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. Her stage play ‘The Big Picture’ which was published by Currency Press and premiered at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney, received another production by the Perth Theatre Company in 2009. Her work has appeared in The Best Australian Poems in 2001, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2013, The Best Australian Essays 2012, and in Best New Zealand Poems 2009 and 2010. ‘Barefoot’, published by Picaro Press in 2010, was short listed for the John Bray Poetry Award at the Adelaide Festival. And ‘This City’ won the Kathleen Grattan Award in New Zealand and was published by Otago University Press in 2011. In 2013 her poem, ‘Now You Shall Know’ won the Newcastle Poetry Prize.


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