Rebecca Jessen is a timeless boi. a linen daddy. a random shy poet. a sleeping body that remembers desire. a comet trail. a groin anomaly. a body that is a bridge. a moonstruck adolescent. an incomplete list poem. a lesbian, but…
Rebecca’s poetry collection Ask Me About the Future (UQP, 2020) was shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and Commended for the Anne Elder Award.
Rebecca lives in Brisbane and grew up in South-Western Sydney. She is the award-winning author of verse-novel Gap (UQP 2014). Her debut poetry collection Ask Me About the Future is available now from UQP.
Rebecca’s writing has been published in Overland, Meanjin, Rabbit Poetry Journal, Going Down Swinging, The Lifted Brow, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Tincture Journal, Verity La, Voiceworks and more. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Creative Writing from QUT.
Get in touch: rebecca.jessen[at]hdr.qut.edu.au
Awards and prizes
2021 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards — Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry: shortlisted
2021 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Poetry: shortlisted
2020 Anne Elder Award: commended
2017 Arts Qld Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem: shortlisted for ‘(after) HER: Dating App Adventures’
2015 Qld Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award
2015 Sisters In Crime Davitt Award for Best Debut Book: shortlisted for Gap
2014 AMP Tomorrow Maker grant
2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Emerging Author
2012 State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award