joanne burns was born in Vaucluse, Sydney, in 1945, and grew up in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. She graduated from the University of Sydney in 1966 and subsequently worked as an English teacher in New South Wales, and for a time in London. She has also taught creative writing in tertiary institutions, schools, and community organisations.
burns’ first collection of poems, Snatch, was published in London in 1972. Since then she has published more than a dozen further books of poetry, and her poems have appeared in numerous Australian literary journals and poetry magazines. She has been particularly concerned with the blurring of the distinctions between poetry and prose in her work, and has written extensively in prose poem/ microfiction forms. She has also written monologues and short futurist fictions and ‘farables’ (fables/ parables).Poetry Collections
- Snatch. London: Strange Faeces, 1972.
- Ratz. Cammeray, NSW: Saturday Centre, 1973
- Alphabatics (Illus. by Frances Budden). Cammeray, NSW: Saturday Centre, 1976.
- Radio City 2am (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.
- penelope’s knees. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1996.
- on a clear day. Sydney, NSW: ETT Imprint, 1997.
- aeriel 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.
- kept busy. CD recording. Spit Junction, NSW: River Road Press, 2007.
- an illustrated history of dairies Sydney: Giramondo, 2007.
- penelope's knees. Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2009. Chapbook.
- amphora. Sydney: Giramondo, 2011.
Suggested Further Reading
- Margaret Bradstock, ‘Humour and the Imaginative Journey: joanne burns’ Mere Anarchy,’ Five Bells 14.1 (2006): pp. 13–15.
- Margaret Bradstock, ‘joanne burns,’ in Selina Samuels, ed., Australian Writers 1950–1975 (Detroit, MI: Gale Research, 2004), pp. 36–42.
- joanne burns, ‘Writing from Life,’ Southerly 56.4 (1996), pp. 78–82.
- Rae Desmond Jones, ‘Another Kind of Feminism [interview],’ Makar 13.3 (1978): pp. 3–9.
- Geoff Page, ‘joanne burns,’ A Readers Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995), pp. 35–36.