Researcher biography

Professor Bronwyn Lea teaches and researches in critical and creative writing, with specialties in contemporary literature and publishing, poetics, narratology, research-led practice, 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 Poetry Editor at the UQP, her list included award-winning titles by Australia's most distinguished poets. As a Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival, 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, the inaugural editor of Australian Poetry Journal, and is currently the poetry editor for Meanjin Quarterly.

Bronwyn is a Board Director for UPLIT, which delivers the Brisbane Writers Festival, Word Play, Love YA and a number of regional literary initiatives. She has worked as a consultant and expert to numerous key organisations in the creative industries at a state and federal level, including:

  • Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Chair)
  • Queensland Literary Awards (Chair)
  • Australia Council for the Arts (Literature Board Member)
  • Australia Council International Marketing Development Program
  • Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet
  • Queensland Government Department of State Development
  • Arts Queensland

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