Researcher biography

Dr Bronwyn Lea is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland, where she has research interests in poetics, narratology, creative writing, and gender studies.

Bronwyn is the author of four books of poems: Flight Animals; The Wooden Cat and Other Poems; The Other Way Out; and The Deep North. Her poems are widely anthologised, appearing most recently in Thirty Australian Poets, Australian Poetry Since 1788, Sixty Classic Australian Poems, and The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry. As a literary critic, she reviews poetry, fiction and non-fiction for several literary pages, and she is resident literary critic at The Conversation: 'The Mind Field: dispatches on books, writing and literary culture'.

As Poetry Editor at the University of Queensland Press, Bronwyn's list included award-winning titles by Australia's most distinguished poets. In 2003 she designed and implemented the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. She was the founder and series editor (with Martin Duwell) of The Best Australian Poetry series, and in 2011 she was appointed the inaugural editor of Australian Poetry Journal.

Bronwyn has worked as a consultant and expert to numerous key organisations in the creative industries at a state and federal level, including:

  • Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board
  • Australia Council International Marketing Development Program
  • Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Queensland Government Department of State Development
  • Arts Queensland

Areas of research