Rebecca Jessen


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New poem in Cordite 88: TRANSQUEER + 2019 Pushcart Prize nomination

I’m thrilled to have a new poem in the TRANSQUEER issue of Cordite, my thanks to the editors (and two of my favourite people/poets) Stuart Barnes and Quinn Eades. The lineup for this issue is incredible, I encourage reading front to back, and then back again!

You can read my poem ‘sillage’ here. This is the first time I’ve (successfully) written a love poem, and I’m pretty stoked to see it sharing digital space with some of my other favourite poets, including Eileen Myles (!), Rae White, Alison Whittaker, Jill Jones, Zenobia Frost, RA Briggs.

Click through and read the entire issue, it’s worth it.

While you’re there check out the poem by Mark Ward, editor of LGBTQ+ online journal Impossible Archetype. My special thanks to Mark for nominating my poem ‘The Weekly’ (published in Issue 4 of Impossible Archetype) for a 2019 Pushcart Prize!! I’m incredibly humbled and thrilled by this nomination. Congratulations to the other Impossible Archetype contributors also nominated: Travis Lau, Emily Holland, Yakov Azriel, SP Mulroy, and Austin Yu.




(after)HER: dating app adventures now online at Cordite Poetry Review

I’m really pleased to have my Val Vallis shortlisted poem ‘(after)HER: dating app adventures’ published online at Cordite Poetry Review. Read it now and share it with all your friends! And make sure you read the other winning and shortlisted poems, because they are all brilliant. Thanks again to the judges Stuart Barnes and Michelle Cahill, Cordite, QPF and Arts QLD ❤

New Poem in Cordite Poetry Review Issue 51.1 Umami

I’m really pleased to have my poem ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Helicopters’ featured in the latest issue of Cordite Poetry Review: Issue 51.1 Umami, guest edited by Luke Davies. The issue is a collaboration between Cordite Poetry Review and The Lifted Brow – the latter will publish a response of sorts to this issue later this month.

I would recommend reading Luke’s editorial and then checking out the rest of this great issue. I’m still diving in and discovering new and wonderful words. One of my favourites so far is ‘Kacey’ by Andy Jackson. I only recently discovered Andy’s work at the Brisbane Writers Festival last month after hearing him read. There’s something so delicately beautiful about his poems that I can’t help but keep returning to them. Hearing Andy read was a special treat.

Check out the rest of the issue hereRemember to keep an eye out for the second instalment in The Lifted Brow later this month.

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