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Chris Mansell (1953 – )

Chris Mansell, photo courtesy the author Chris Mansell, photo courtesy the author

Chris Mansell was born in Sydney in 1953. She attended schools in Papua New Guinea and New South Wales, and graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Economics degree in 1975. In 1978 she founded the quarterly literary magazine Compass Poetry and Prose with Dane Thwaites, editing it until 1987. Since the early 1980s she has worked as a freelance writer and editor, and has taught creative writing at the University of Wollongong (1987–1989), and from 1989, at the University of Western Sydney. Mansell has held a number of writing fellowships and residencies, and has been extensively involved in writing and theatre community groups. She has also been involved in poetry publishing, and was one of the founders of the Five Islands Press co-operative at Wollongong in the late 1980s. Since 2002, she has run the independent poetry press PressPress from her home in Berry, New South Wales.

Mansell began publishing poetry in the late 1970s and her first collection, Delta, was published in 1978. She has since published some nine further collections. She has also written much short prose, a number of plays, and a children’s book, Little Wombat (1996). Her poetry is noted for its varied explorations of human relationships, philosophies and ethics.

Poetry Collections
  • Delta (Waterloo, NSW: [the author], 1978).
  • Head, Heart and Stone (Eltham, Vic: Fling Poetry, 1982).
  • Taking Heart: some poetry and prose (Burwood, NSW: Compass Poetry and Prose, 1987).
  • Redshift / Blueshift (Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press, 1988).
  • ‘Day Easy Sunlight Fine,’ in Hot Collation [with Jenny Boult, Sue Moss and Coral Hull] (Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1994).
  • Yarmul: For the Lies We Sing (Berry, NSW: [the author], 1999).
  • Stalking the Rainbow (Berry, NSW: PressPress, 2002).
  • The Fickle Brat (Carindale, Qld: Interactive Press, 2002).
  • Mortification and Lies (Armidale, NSW: Kardoorair Press, 2005).
  • Love Poems (Armidale, NSW: Kardoorair Press, 2006).
  • Letters (Armidale, NSW: Kardoorair Press, 2009).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Margaret Bradstock, [untitled review], Five Bells 15.1 (2005), pp. 46–48.
  • Anne Kellas, ‘An Interview with Chris Mansell,’ Famous Reporter 5 (1992). http://walleahpress.com.au/Int-Mansell.html
  • Chris Mansell, ‘How Poets Work,’ Five Bells 12.3 (2005), pp. 31–34.
  • Chris Mansell, Chris Mansell: Australian Poet. Website. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/43307/20090803-1306/members.ozemail.com.au/_writerslink/Chris_Mansell/Chris_Mansell_Home.html
  • Chris Mansell, ‘Statements: Chris Mansell,’ in David Brooks and Brenda Walker, eds., Poetry and Gender: Statements and Essays in Australian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1989), pp. 53–56.
  • Patricia Prime, ‘Love Poems,’ Stylus Poetry Journal no.25 (2007). http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/25840/20070422-0000/www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/masterb4e3.html?id=738
  • Partricia Prime, ‘Mortification & Lies,’ Stylus Poetry Journal no.19 (2005) http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/25840/20051022-0000/www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/mastere1fd.html?id=593
  • Tim Thorne, ‘Chris Mansell, Mortification & Lies,’ Famous Reporter no.32 (2006) http://walleahpress.com.au/FR32Mansell.html