joanne burns. Courtesy ArcPoetry.

joanne burns (born 5 December 1945) is a contemporary Australian poet and prose writer, with a strong emphasis on performance in her work.


joanne burns grew up and lives in Sydney.[1] She studied at the University of Sydney and has taught English and creative writing at secondary and tertiary levels in Australia and England. Her work hovers between poetry and prose, and often incorporates 'found writing' from newspapers and other everyday sources. In the 1980s she participated in the experimental writing group Sydney Women Writers' Workshop.[2] She has published ten collections of poetry.


Her collection footnotes of a hammock shared the 2005 Judith Wright Award for a collection of poetry.[3]


  • Snatch. London: Strange Faeces, 1972.
  • Ratz. Cammeray, NSW: Saturday Centre, 1973
  • Alphabatics (illustrated by Frances Budden). Cammeray, NSW: Saturday Centre, 1976.
  • Radio City 2a.m.(with Ruth K. Fordham and Stefanie Bennett). Townsville, Qld: Cochon, 1976.
  • Adrenalin Flicknife. Cammeray, NSW: Saturday Centre, 1976.
  • Correspondences (with Pam Brown). North Sydney: NSW: Red Press, 1979.
  • ventriloquy: monologues 1977–1980. Glebe: NSW: Sea Cruise Books, 1981.
  • blowing bubbles in the 7th lane: small stories. Broadway: NSW: Fab Press, 1988.
  • on a clear day. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press , 1992. Sydney, NSW: ETT Imprint, 1997.
  • penelope’s knees. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1996. Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2009. Chapbook.
  • aerial photography. Woollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1999.
  • people like that and other poems. Warners Bay: NSW: Picaro Press, 2001.
  • footnotes of a hammock. Woollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 2004.
  • an illustrated history of dairies. Sydney: Giramondo, 2007.
  • amphora. Sydney: Giramondo, 2011.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Australian Poetry Library.[4]

The Wordshed - Joanne Burns, tableau vivant

The Wordshed - Joanne Burns, tableau vivant

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  • kept busy (CD). Spit Junction, NSW: River Road Press, 2007.[4]

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  1. joanne burns Content Page (Australian Literature Resources)
  2. Carolyn Hughes An Effort of Non-Compliance (M/C Reviews) Accessed: 20 December 2006
  3. ACT's premier art and literary awards announced (Chief Minister, ACT Website) Accessed: 20 December 2006
  4. 4.0 4.1 joanne burns (1945- ), Australian Poetry Library, University of Sydney / Australian Research Council. Web, Dec. 26, 2013.

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