About

Rebecca Jessen is a timeless boi. 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 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 forthcoming with UQP in 2020.

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.


Awards and prizes
2017 Arts Qld Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem: shortlisted for ‘(after) HER: Dating App Adventures’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

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3 replies on “About”

  1. Hi Bec,
    I heard you read at Michelle Dikonoski’s book launch at Avid a while ago and have been meaning to email you since. I really enjoyed your reading and was wondering whether you might have any suggestions for someone I know who I think has an enormous potential as a writer and is looking for a mentor…

    1. Hi Alee, thanks for getting in touch – I’m glad you enjoyed the reading. If you like you can email me at rebeccajessen [at] yahoo.com.au and we can talk further?

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