It is with great pleasure Australian Poetry announces the three judges for the 2022 Anne Elder Award panel are Gig Ryan, Marjon Mossammaparast, and Ella Jeffery. Ella Jeffery and Gig Ryan are previous winners of the prestigious Anne Elder Award and Marjon Mossammaparast was previously highly commended.
2022 Anne Elder Award panel:
Ella Jeffery is a poet, editor and critic. Her debut collection of poems, Dead Bolt, won the Puncher & Wattmann Prize for a First Book of Poems and the Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award. Her poetry has appeared widely in journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems, HEAT, Meanjin, Griffith Review, Island and Southerly. She is the recipient of a Queensland Writers Fellowship, the Mick Dark Fellowship for Environmental Writing, and the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. She lives in Brisbane.
Marjon Mossammaparast is a poet from Melbourne. Her first collection of poetry, That Sight (Cordite Books, 2018), won the 2019 Mary Gilmore Award, was shortlisted for the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards and was commended in the 2018 Anne Elder Award. Her second volume, And to Ecstasy, was released in March 2022 through Upswell Publishing. Her poems have been published in a wide range of literary journals and newspapers around Australia. In 2022, Marjon was a Poet in Residence at the On The Move Canberra Poetry Festival; in 2021, she was a recipient of the Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund. Marjon is a practising English teacher, and has lived in Iran, Italy, China and Macau. This is her second year judging the Anne Elder Award.
Gig Ryan’s New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011); Selected Poems, (Bloodaxe Books, U.K.), was winner of the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry and the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She has also written songs with Disband, Six Goodbyes (1988), and Driving Past, Real Estate (1999), Travel (2006). She was Poetry Editor of The Age from 1998 – 2016. She is a freelance reviewer; next book forthcoming eventually.